Nov. 28, 2003
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The New Mexico women's basketball team improved to 3-0 for the first time since 1998-99 as it defeated Youngstown State, 54-36, in the Holiday Inn Mountain View Invitational Friday night at The Pit. The Lobos will play Villanova in the championship game of the invitational Saturday night at approximately 8 p.m.
Freshman Katie Montgomery led the Lobos with nine points, while junior Mandi Moore and sophomore Abbie Letz each chipped in eight. Freshman Lindsey Arndt collected a game-high 11 boards for the Lobos and also poured in six points.
The Lobo defense held Youngstown State to just 21.8 percent shooting for the entire game, which was the lowest field goal percentage by a Lobo opponent since Texas Tech shot 19.1 percent on Dec. 28, 1996. UNM also stuffed 10 Penguin shots, which tied for the seventh most blocks in school history.
It was a tale of two halves for the Lobos, as they scored 38 points in the second half after tallying only 16 in the first on 21 percent shooting from the field. New Mexico pulled away with a 21-1 run midway through the second half, including 16 unanswered points, led by eight points from Moore. UNM shot 45 percent from the field in the second half while limiting the Penguins to 16 points on 17 percent shooting.
It was a low scoring first half for both teams, as Youngstown State (1-2) led 20-16 at the break. The Lobos jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead, holding the Penguins scoreless for the first 7:47 of the game. The first basket by YSU then woke up the Penguins, triggering a 20-8 run for the rest of the half. UNM went almost nine minutes without scoring a bucket during that span, but scored six points in the last 2:30 of the half to cut the Penguins' lead from seven points to four heading into halftime. The 16 points were the fewest UNM has scored in a half since March 5, 1999, when it scored 15 vs. SMU.
In the first game of the Holiday Inn Mountain View Invitational, Villanova (4-1) defeated Elon (2-2), 66-45. Youngstown State will meet Elon in the first game of the Mountain View Invitational tomorrow night (Saturday, Nov. 29) at 6 p.m., followed by the championship game featuring UNM and Villanova at approximately 8 p.m.