Jan. 27, 2007
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The New Mexico women's basketball team had three players score in double figures Saturday night as the Lobos defeated UNLV, 77-56, inside The Pit. UNM was led by the play of junior Dionne Marsh's 12 points and a career-high 21 rebounds. Seniors Katie Montgomery and Julie Briody added 19 points each to lead the Lobos offensively. With the victory, the Lobos improve to 13-7 this year and 3-4 in the Mountain West Conference. The Lady Rebels were led by Sequoia Holmes who chipped in 18 points but fall to 9-10 overall and 3-4 in the conference.
The Lobos dominated the first half outscoring UNLV 46-26 and shooting 10-of-17 from behind the arc. Montgomery led all scorers in the opening period with 19 points on 7-of-8 shooting and 5-of-5 from the 3 point mark.
UNM opened the game on an 11-2 run over the first four minutes and never let up pressure. UNM shot 50 percent the field on 16-of-32 and made 10 3-pointers in the opening period. At the 9:38 mark in the first half, the Lobos led 25-11 with 21 points coming off 3-pointers. The largest run of the first half was a 15-2 run by UNM from the 12:49 mark until the 8:01 point.
Despite trailing by 20 at the break, The Lady Rebels opened the second half on an 8-2 run to pull within 14 of the Lobos. UNM managed to maintain its lead allowing UNLV to get as close as 60-47 with 8:25 remaining. The Lobos sealed a 77-56 victory after scoring 8 points in the final three minutes and going 6-of-6 from the free throw line.
UNM shot 37.9 percent from the field in the game and had the second highest rebound total of 52 this season. The eight turnovers by the Lobos ties a season low set against UCLA on Dec. 12, 2006. UNM made 10 3-pointers and tied a season-high.
The Lobos reached numerous career marks against the Lady Rebels including Marsh's career-high 21 rebounds. It's the first time a UNM player has reached 20 rebounds since Debie Leeper pulled down 25 against UTEP on March 3, 1983.
Timi E-Nunu had a breakout game for the Lobos tying her career-high with 6 points and setting a career mark of 11 boards. E-Nunu also went 4-of-6 from the free throw line setting both a career-high in free throws made and attempted.
Holmes was the only UNLV player to reach double figures with 18 points and collected 11 rebounds. The Lady Rebels shot 40.7 percent from the field on 22-of-54 shooting.
The Lobos return to action on Jan. 31 against San Diego State at 7 p.m. inside The Pit. For more information about UNM athletics visit www.GoLobos.com.