New Mexico Rips Metro State in Exhibition Finale
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  11/08/2005
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Nov. 8, 2005

Sophomore Dionne Marsh scored 19 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, leading New Mexico to a 77-50 victory over Metro State in the Lobos' final exhibition game.

The taller Lobos dominated the boards, holding a 50-26 edge, including 16-5 on the offensive end. The rebound advantage played a big part in second-chance opportunities and frequent trips to the free-throw line as New Mexico made 23 of 28 from the stripe.

The pesky and aggressive Roadrunners, participants in last year's NCAA Div. II Tournament, stayed with the Lobos most of the first half. A steal in the backcourt led to an easy basket as the Denver-based team trailed just 29-26 with less than four minutes left before halftime.

Marsh then began to dominate in the middle. She scored six points - all free throws - during a 10-2 run as the Lobos closed the first half with a 39-28 lead.

A 13-0 burst midway through the second half - six points coming from junior forward Timi E-Nunu - provided New Mexico with a 60-34 bulge with eight minutes remaining.

Although she was just 4 of 12 from the floor, Marsh was deadly from the line, connecting on 11 of 13, making her last 10 attempts.

UNM sophomore Brandi Kimble was solid in a reserve role, scoring 12 points and hauling down seven rebounds.

Senior Abbie Letz, sidelined with a troublesome back in last week's exhibition opener against Fort Lewis, came off the bench to score six points on a pair of 3-pointers in 16 minutes.

Metro State started 12 of 24 from the floor, including 4 of 8 from 3-point, but finished at just 32.6% (17-52) overall and 5 of 19 (26%) from beyond the arc. The Lobos limited the Roadrunners to 22% (6 of 27) shooting in the second half.

Paige Powers led Metro State with 10 points.

The Lobos begin the regular season this Friday, taking on Oral Roberts in the first round of the Preseason NIT. Tipoff is 7 p.m. The victor meets the winner of California-Eastern Washington on Sunday. If UNM wins and hosts a second-round game, it will start at 7.