Lobo Women's Basketball Set For Women's Sports Foundation Challenge
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  11/06/2007
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Nov. 6, 2007

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico women's basketball opens the season Friday against Western Michigan inside The Pit. The Lobos take on the Broncos at 8 p.m. in the first round of the Women's Sports Foundation Challenge. The tournament includes two games each day with UNM matched up with Dayton Saturday at 8 p.m. and Northwestern Sunday at 2 p.m. The games will streamed live online through tournament central at www.GoLobos.com.

Up Next For Lobo Basketball: Games #1-3

Women's Sports Foundation Challenge • The Pit • Albuquerque, N.M.

Friday, Nov. 9 • 8 p.m. • vs. Western Michigan

Saturday, Nov. 10 • 8 p.m. • vs. Dayton

Sunday, Nov. 11 • 2 p.m. • vs. Northwestern

Live Stats, Audio and Video: Link on www.golobos.com

Women's Sports Foundation Challenge: The Lobos host Western Michigan, Dayton and Northwestern in the ninth annual Women's Sports Foundation Challenge.

Up Next: The Lobos travel to Berkeley to face No. 14 California on Sunday, Nov. 18. Game time is set for 2 p.m. MST.


• Crowd Factor ... Lobo women's basketball crowds at The Pit have ranked in the NCAA Top Five in average attendance for the past seven years. Last season's average was 9,582.

• Marsh In Good Company ... Senior Dionne Marsh joined an elite club of women's basketball players last season as she recorded her 1,000th career point and 500th career rebound. She is one of 12 Lobo women to accomplish this feat.

• Flanagan Winningest Lobo Basketball Coach ... Head coach Don Flanagan became the winningest basketball coach in UNM history, men's and women's, with his 247th career win on Feb. 4, 2007 against Wyoming. Flanagan has a 12-year collegiate coaching record of 263-113.

• Young Pups In The Wolves Den ... Of the 14 players on the Lobo roster, ten are sophomores or freshmen. There are five sophomores - Beggin, Jackson, Kast, Shelter, and Weissmann - and five freshmen - Ansley, Best, Kielpinski, Nelson, and Torrance.

About Western Michigan ... The Broncos are coming off a 14-18 season and have been picked fourth in the Mid-American Conference West Division Preseaosn Poll. WMU is under the direction of 11th-year head coach Ron Stewart. The Broncos are led by junior point guard Tiera DeLaHoussaye, a preseason all-MAC selection. DeLaHoussaye ranked among the top 15 in the nation in assists and steals last season. WMU defeated No. 12 NAIA opponent Davenport, 97-69, in their lone exhibition game on Nov. 2.

About Dayton ... The Flyers are coming off a 12-19 season and have been picked to finish eighth out of the 14 Atlantic 10 Conference teams during the preseason. Dayton is under the direction of fifth-year head coach Jim Jabir. The Flyers are led by senior forward Nikki Oakland, who was among the A-10 leaders in blocked shots and the second-leading scorer on the squad last season. Dayton lost its only exhibition game, 67-64, to the Ohio Legends on Nov. 3.

About Northwestern ... The Wildcats finished last season 8-22 and have been picked 11th in the Big Ten preseason polls. Beth Combs is in her fourth season as the head coach at Northwestern. Senior Sara Stutz will lead the Wildcats into Albuquerque. Stutz is the team's top returning scorer from last season. Northwestern beat the Australian-based Showtime Skins basketball program, 67-39 in exhibition play.

About the Women's Sports Foundation ... The Women's Sports Foundation was founded in 1974 by Billie Jean King. The mission of the foundation is - to advance the lives of girls and women through sport and physical activity. The WSF is currently searching for a Chief Executive Officer, following the summer resignation of Donna Lopiano. Lopiano, one of the strongest national and international advocates for women's sports, served the organization for 15 years, after 18 years at the University of Texas.

Season Openers ... The Lobos are 9-3 in season openers, under the direction of Don Flanagan. Even more impressive is the 11-1 mark in home openers since Flanagan took over the program. Overall, UNM is 18-11 in season opening games and 20-9 in home openers.

Beggin Making A Point ... Starting point guard Amy Beggin recorded a double-double against Eastern New Mexico on Nov. 4 with 19 points and 10 assists. Three days earlier she scored 16 points against internationally-ranked China.

Nimble Kimble ... Senior Brandi Kimble was the leading scorer against China with 17 points and had four steals. Kimble also had a steal against Eastern New Mexico in exhibition play. Kimble has the chance to move into the Top 10 UNM career steals list this season. She has 105 to start the year.

UNM Top 10 - Career Steals

1. Tamika Stukes 1994-98 354

2. Mandi Moore 2001-05 208

3. Abby Garchek 1994-98 191

4. Jessica Cunningham 1991-95 167

5. Katie Montgomery 2003-07 165

6. Nikki Heckroth 1997-2001 156

7. Chelsea Grear 1999-2003 152

8. Molly McKinnon 1998-2002 151

9. Tracy Satran 1983-87 149

10. Winifred Foster 1982-86 148

Closing In: Kimble 2004-pres. 105

Marsh's Mark ... Dionne Marsh is one of 12 Lobos who is a member of the 1,000-point/500-rebound club. If Marsh has a strong season, she has the opportunity to become the Lobos' all-time leading scorer and one of the top rebounders in program history. She already owns the career free throw records.

UNM Top 10 - Career Points

1. Abby Garchek 1993-97 1,836

2. Jordan Adams 1999-2003 1,798

3. Alison Foote 1981-85 1,672

4. Jean Rostermundt 1976-80 1,541

5. Yvonne McKinnon 1981-85 1,416

6. Dionne Marsh 2004-pres. 1,396

7. Miranda Sanchez 1997-2001 1,301

8. Sonya Bryant 1996-2000 1,142

9. Katie Montgomery 2003-07 1,135

10. Lindsey Arndt 2001-05 1,073

UNM Top 10 - Career Rebounds

1. Carol Moreland 1975-80 982

2. Yvonne McKinnon 1981-85 857

3. Alison Foote 1981-85 800

4. Katie Kern 1995-99 752

5. Jordan Adams 1999-2003 729

6. Lindsey Arndt 2001-05 701

7. Chelsea Grear 1999-2003 679

8. Heidi Harris 1991-95 669

9. Abby Garchek 1994-98 638

10. Jean Rostermundt1976-80 607

Closing In: Marsh 2004-pres. 534

Home Court Advantage ... One of the great home court advantages in all of college basketball, The Pit begins year No. 30 as the home of Lobo basketball. UNM was 13-2 at home in 2006-07 and won its last six home conference matches. Since Don Flanagan took over the coaching duties in 1995-96, the Lobos have a record of 185-41 in The Pit. UNM averaged 7,902 fans at the two preseason exhibition games.

Lobos on Television ... New Mexico will have at least seven games televised this season. The Lobos have three games on CSTV and four on the Mountain Network. In 2004-05, UNM had a school record 11 games televised.

Hitting The 20 Wins Mark ... New Mexico posted 24 wins in 2006-07, marking the seventh consecutive year that UNM has had 20 wins or more. In head coach Don Flanagan's 12 years, the Lobos have recorded nine 20 win seasons compared to none prior to his arrival. New Mexico has also had 11 consecutive winning seasons under Flanagan. The Lobos continued that success last year finishing 24-9 and reaching the NCAA Tournament for the sixth straight year.

Preseason Mountain West Conference ... Senior all-America candidate Dionne Marsh was named to the All-MWC Preseason Team at Media Days in Denver on Oct. 17. Marsh is a three-time all-MWC selection and two-time MWC Tournament Most Valuable Player. The Lobos were picked fourth overall in the preseason coaches and media poll.

Red Cross Unit ... Dionne Marsh has been cleared to play after successful back surgery over the summer ... Valerie Kast is recovering from hip surgery and is expected to be at full speed by December ... Nikki Nelson will miss the 2007-08 season due to a knee injury suffered in a pickup game in August.

Hosting, Again ... The Pit will be the site of the NCAA Women's Basketball First and Second Rounds in 2008 and 2009. The dates in 2008 are March 22 and 24. For more information about the tournament, including ticket sales, go to golobos.com.

Exhibition Games ... UNM is 21-4 in exhibition games under Don Flanagan. The Lobos lost their first exhibition game since 1997 on Thursday, Nov. 1, when the No. 10 internationally-ranked Chinese National Team beat the Lobos, 67-61, ending an 18-game winning streak. The Lobos rebounded three days later to beat Eastern New Mexico, 98-66.