March 5, 2004
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico Lobos will close out the regular season Saturday at home against the Colorado State Rams on both Senior and Youth Day. Lobo seniors Lauren McLeod and Melissa Forest will not only be playing their final regular season game but will be playing for a chance at the regular season MWC Championship. The Lobos are 19-7 on the season and 11-2 in the conference, while the Rams are 17-9 overall and 8-5 in the MWC. UNM also brings a seven game winning streak into Saturday's game and CSU is on a five game winning streak as well. Tip-off is set for 2:05 PM, Saturday afternoon at The Pit.
YOUTH DAY:Youth Day will be held this Saturday for the Colorado State game and is sponsored by Dairy Queen, Comcast and M88. Tickets for the game will be $2 for all youth organizations. Other activities for the day will be tailgating, inflatable activities and giveaways.
TONIGHT'S GAME: Tonight's game features the Lobos of the University of New Mexico against the Rams of Colorado State University in the final regular season Mountain West Conference game.
SCOUTING THE LOBOS: The Lobos enter tonight's game on a seven game winning streak with wins at Wyoming, San Diego State and UNLV and at home against Wyoming, Air Force, Utah and BYU. UNM is currently 19-7 on the season and 11-2 in the MWC with losses to Colorado State, Utah, No. 3 Texas, Villanova, South Carolina, San Francisco and Arizona and wins over Southern Cal, Cal State Fullerton, Youngstown State, Texas Southern, Tennessee State, New Mexico State, New Mexico Highlands, Air Force, BYU, San Diego State and UNLV. The Lobos are led in scoring and rebounding by junior forward Lindsey Arndt with 10.0 ppg and 7.1 rpg. The Lobos are led in scoring during conference by senior Melissa Forest at 10.7 ppg.
SCOUTING THE RAMS: Colorado State brings a five game winning streak into the Pit Saturday night with wins at BYU and Air Force and at home against San Diego State, Wyoming and UNLV. The Rams are 17-9 on the season and 8-5 in the Mountain West with wins over Texas Southern, Stephen F. Austin, Denver, San Francisco, St. Mary's, Loyola Marymount, Montana, IPFW, BYU, New Mexico and Air Force, with losses to Boston College, Colorado, Oregon, Notre Dame, Utah, UNLV, San Diego State and Wyoming. CSU is led in scoring by Vanessa Espinoza at 13.1 ppg. Joining Espinoza in double figures is Melissa Dennett at 12.7 ppg, Lindsay Thomas at 12.2 ppg and Joy Jenkins at 10.5 ppg. Leading the Rams in rebounding is Thomas at 7.2 rpg and leading the team in assists is Jasai Ferrucho at 5.6 apg.
THE COACHES: UNM is led by head coach Don Flanagan in his ninth season at New Mexico. Flanagan is 187-88 at UNM. The Rams are under the direction of Chris Denker, who is in his second season at Colorado State and fourth season overall. Denker is 38-22 at Colorado State and 79-40 overall.