Jan. 25, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The New Mexico women's basketball team will travel to Provo, Utah Wednesday to battle BYU at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast nationally on BYU-TV with Jarom Jordan calling the play-by-play. BYU-TV can be seen on Comcast channel 289, DIRECTV channel 374, on the Dish Network on channel 9397, and channel 392 on Cable One in Rio Rancho. New Mexico enters the game with an 11-7 overall record and a 3-3 Mountain West Conference mark. The Cougars, who are currently tied for first in the league standings, are 13-4 on the year and 4-1 in MWC play. The game will also be available on 610 AM The Sports Animal with GameTracker on Golobos.com.
New Mexico trails the all-time series with BYU 27-36 but have won the last four meetings. The Lobos are 7-22 all-time when playing at BYU but have won three straight on the road. UNM beat the Cougars 61-57 last year in the Marriott Center.
The last game between UNM and BYU was on March 17, 2009 in The Pit. Amy Beggin had 17 points in the contest while Angela Hartill added 18. The Lobo defense held BYU to only 28 percent shooting and did not allow a single player in double figures.
UNM won a thriller in the Marriott Center last year, 61-57. Four Lobos reached including 11 points from Amy Beggin and Amanda Best. UNM shot 38 percent on the road and hit 21-of-31 free throws. Jazmine Foreman had 16 for BYU while center Cassie King chipped in 10.
The Lobos, who have had a season of ups and downs, will try to respond against BYU. UNM dropped a heartbreaker at Colorado State Saturday 67-60 and find themselves in the middle of the league standings. Senior Amy Beggin led the way with 17 points at CSU while junior Jessica Kielpinski added 13. Sophomore Sara Halasz was the only other Lobo to reach double figures with 10. UNM shot 29 percent in the game and took 27 more shots than the Rams did.
Senior Amy Beggin is the scoring leader for New Mexico with 13.9 points per game. Beggin had 17 points at CSU and has reached double figures in 12 games this year. Beggin moved into seventh place all-time in scoring Saturday passing Miranda Sanchez with 1,314 career points.
Junior Jessica Kielpinski is averaging 10.3 points per game during conference play and has emerged as an all-Mountain West Conference candidate. Kielpinski had reached double figures in four of six conference games including a double-double vs. UNLV. She has scored at least 10 points in the last three games.
New Mexico is 2-3 when playing on TV this season. UNM has five games left on TV including Wednesday game at BYU.
BYU has won eight of its last nine games including a 73-63 win over San Diego State at home Saturday. The Cougars are 5-1 in the Marriott Center this year and haven't lost at home since Nov. 27 when they fell to Kansas State.
Mindy Bonham is the leading scorer with 11.5 points per game. The BYU offense is spread out among the team so it's hard to tell who the primary threat is. Six different Cougar players are averaging at least 7.0 points per game. Coriann Wood and Jazmine Foreman are also averaging double figures. Wood is chipping in 10.4 points per game while Foreman adds 10.3. BYU has three players averaging 5.0 rebounds or more per game. Wood is the top rebounder with 100 boards this season.
BYU had five players score in double figures Saturday against SDSU. Kristen Riley, who is averaging 8.9 points per game, had a team-high 16 points and 11 rebounds. The Cougars shot 43.6 percent from the field and hit 20 of their 23 free throws. San Diego State shot 45.6 percent but was outrebounded by BYU 39-27.
Following Wednesday game, UNM will return home to host TCU on Saturday, Jan. 30. The game will be broadcast live on CBS College Sports with Ann Schatz calling the play-by-play along with Anne Marie Anderson doing color.