Women's Basketball Entertains Utah Valley Tuesday Inside The Pit
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  11/23/2008
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Nov. 23, 2008

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The New Mexico women’s basketball team returns home Tuesday to host Utah Valley inside The Pit at 7 p.m. The Lobos are 3-1 on the season and welcome the Wolverines into one of the loudest arenas in the country. New Mexico will put its undefeated home record on the line against Utah Valley who is 1-2 on the season. The game will be available via live streaming, radio and gametracker on www.GoLobos.com.

WHAT: Utah Valley at New Mexico Women’s Basketball

WHEN: Tuesday, November 25, 2008 TIME: 7 p.m. MT

ARENA: The Pit, Albuquerque, N.M.

MEDIA: Streaming, Radio and Gametracker on www.GoLobos.com

UNDEFEATED AT HOME – The Lobos enter the Utah Valley matchup undefeated in the friendly confines of The Pit. UNM went 3-0 during the opening weekend with a big victory over DePaul, 68-66.

ALL-TIME AGAINST THE WOLVERINE – New Mexico leads the all-time series with Utah Valley, 1-0. The Lobos beat the Wolverines, 69-29, on Jan. 13, 2005 inside The Pit.

LAST OUTING – New Mexico is 3-1 on the season and coming off a tough defeat at No. 8 Stanford. The Lobos traveled to Palo Alto, Calif., last week and dropped an 84-48 decision to the Cardinal. Junior Amy Beggin was the only Lobo to score in double figures after she chipped in 12 points.

LIVE STREAMING – Every New Mexico women’s basketball game will be available via live video streaming on www.GoLobos.com. The official website of UNM provides live radio, gametracker and video for nearly every Lobo game this season. Check www.GoLobos.com for daily information on the women’s basketball program.

HITTING FREE THROWS – UNM is shooting 82 percent from the free throw line this season. The Lobos have hit 73 of their 89 attempts. Senior Angela Hartill is a perfect from the charity stripe hitting 12 of 12.

THE POLLS - New Mexico was receiving votes last week in the ESPN/USA Today poll and enters this week with a 3-1 overall record. The Lobos defeated DePaul last week inside The Pit and dropped a game at No. 8 Stanford Thursday.

THE SCHEDULE - This week, UNM hosts Utah Valley Tuesday at 7 p.m. and will host the Holiday Inn and Suites Express Midtown Thanksgiving Tournament this weekend. The Lobos play William and Mary Friday after Butler and Nebraska play at 5 p.m. MT. The championship game is set for 7 p.m. Saturday while the consolation game will be played at 5 p.m.

NEW MEXICO OVERVIEW- The Lobos are led by senior Angela Hartill and junior Amy Beggin. Hartill enters the week leading the team in scoring with 14.0 points per game. Beggin has recorded 10 steals and is averaging 13.3 points per contest. Senior Amanda Adamson is the only other player averaging in double figures scoring with 10.3 per game.

SCOUTING UTAH VALLEY – The Wolverines roll into Albuquerque with a 1-2 overall record and are coming off a 95-79 loss at Gonzaga. Utah Valley has two players averaging in double figures. Senior Robyn Fairbanks leads the team with 27.3 points and 9.7 points per game. Junior Julie McMurray has also been a contributor with 15.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per contest. The Wolverines are shooting 49 percent from the field and 45 percent from behind the arc. Utah Valley is led by former BYU Cougar Cathy Nixon.

NIXON NO STRANGER TO THE PIT – Utah Valley head coach Cathy Nixon is no stranger to The Pit. Nixon is 0-1 against the Lobos but played against New Mexico as a player at BYU. Nixon was a four-year starter at BYU from 1985-1988. She is currently the fifth highest scorer in BYU women’s basketball history with 1,771 career points. She is also a BYU Athletic Hall of Famer. During her time at BYU, Nixon was 4-2 against the Lobos and 2-1 inside The Pit.

THE PROVISIONAL PERIOD – Utah Valley is in its final season of the provisional period and its 14th season under the direction of Cathy Nixon. Nixon has guided the Wolverines from the junior college ranks into Division I. The program started the transition during the 2003-04 season. The school announced over the summer that it is now a university and will join the Great West Conference. The Great West will begin regular and post-season conference play in 2009-10.

BEGGIN HAS BEEN IMPRESSIVE - New Mexico junior Amy Beggin led the Lobos past DePaul and against No. 8 Stanford. Beggin averaged 11.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game last week. She hit 8-of-9 free throws and shot 37.5 percent from behind the arc. The Maplewood, Minn., native played 40 minutes against the Blue Demons and made the game winning shot to beat DePaul inside The Pit. Beggin chipped in 12 points against the nationally-ranked Cardinal. This season, Beggin is averaging 13.3 points and 4 assists per game.