Lobo Women's Basketball Hosts Thanksgiving Tournament Friday and Saturday
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  11/26/2008
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

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Nov. 26, 2008


WHAT: Holiday Inn and Suites Express Albuquerque Midtown Thanksgiving Tournament
WHEN: Friday - Saturday, Nov. 28-29
TIME: 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. both days
WHERE: The Pit, Albuquerque,N.M.
MEDIA: Live Video Streaming, Live Radio and Gametracker on www.GoLobos.com

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The New Mexico women basketball team will host the Holiday Inn and Suites Express Albuquerque Midtown Thanksgiving Tournament this weekend. The four-game event features the Lobos against William and Mary Friday following the Butler and Nebraska game at 5 p.m. There will be a consolation game at 5 p.m. Saturday and a championship game at 7 p.m. The games will be available online via live video streaming, gametracker and live radio on www.GoLobos.com.


UNM is 4-1 on the season and remains undefeated inside The Pit at 4-0. The Lobos defeated Utah Valley, 84-70, in their last outing Tuesday night. UNM had five players score in double figures with senior Angela Hartill and Amy Beggin leading the way with 17 points. Sophomore Amanda Best made her first career start against the Wolverines and scored a career-high 11 points.

The Lobos have three players averaging in double figures this season in Hartill (14.6), Beggin (14.0) and senior Amanda Adamson (10.6). UNM is shooting 39 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free throw line. Best leads the team in rebounding with 6 boards each night.

William and Mary is 3-1 on the season and on a three-game winning streak. The Tribe recently defeated Delaware State 54-44 and is led by head coach Debbie Taylor. Dani Kell is the teams leading scorer averaging 11.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. William and Mary is shooting 40 percent from the field this season.

UNM leads the all-time series with the Tribe, 1-0. The Lobos defeated William and Mary on Nov. 29, 2002 inside The Pit. UNM defeated the Tribe, 79-61.

The neutral game on the Friday is between Butler and Nebraska. Butler enters the tournament with a 1-2 record while Nebraska is 4-0. The Cornhuskers are not ranked but currently receiving votes this week. Nebraska reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season.

The winners of the first round games will play Saturday at 7 p.m., while the losers will play in a consolation game at 5 p.m.

UNM has never played Butler but Nebraska leads the all-time series against the Lobos, 3-2. New Mexico did win the only game against the Cornhuskers inside The Pit, 85-79, on Jan. 4, 1984.

TAYLOR REPORT - Freshman Lauren Taylor did not practice Wednesday and is listed as day-to-day after injuring her right ankle Tuesday against Utah Valley. Taylor, who has a high ankle sprain, is averaging 4.5 points and 1.8 rebounds per contest this season.

BEST MAKES FIRST START - Sophomore Amanda Best made her first collegiate start Tuesday against the Wolverines. Best went on to chip in a career-high 11 points on 3-of-5 shooting in 16 minutes of action. She is currently leading the team in rebounding with 6.0 boards per game.

UNDEFEATED AT HOME - New Mexico is 4-0 inside The Pit this season and will play two games this weekend against William and Mary and either Butler or Nebraska. The Lobos are 202-79 all-time in The Pit.

ADAMSON IS RELIABLE - Senior Amanda Adamson has become very reliable this season. The Littleton, Colo., native is third on the team in scoring with 10.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. This season, Adamson has been very aggressive and making the most of opportunities. She has started every game, shooting 45.7 percent from the field and has hit 20-of-24 free throws. Adamson is also averaging 26 minutes per game.

ATTENDANCE FIGURES - New Mexico is averaging 7,038 fans per game this season. The Lobos have ranked in the top 10 nationally in home attendance for 11 straight seasons. UNM ranked sixth in the country last year.

ON THE HORIZON - UNM will appear on national television next week when New Mexico State comes to Albuquerque. The Lobos will host the Aggies on Dec. 4 inside The Pit at 7:30 p.m. MT. The game will be aired live on the Mountain West Sports Network.

WEISSMANN SETS SEASON-HIGH - Junior Eileen Weissmann scored a season-high 11 points Tuesday against Utah Valley. Weissmann was two points shy of her career mark and reached double figures for just the third time in her career. This season, Weissmann is shooting 34.5 percent from the field, 30 percent from behind the arc and 80 percent from the charity stripe. The Chicago, Ill., native is shooting 30.7 percent from the field in the first half compared to 37.5 percent in the second.

BEGGIN SCORING MACHINE - Junior Amy Beggin has scored in double figures in every game this season. Beggin scored a season-high 18 points against Idaho State on Nov. 16. The Maplewood, Minn., native has played 40 minutes twice this season and is shooting 91.7 from the free throw line.

For more information about Lobo women's basketball visit www.GoLobos.com.