March 12, 2007
The University of New Mexico women's basketball team will meet No. 21 Wisconsin-Green Bay in the first round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament Sunday in Hartford, Conn. Game time is 5 p.m. Mountain Time from the Hartford Civic Center (14,913). ESPN2 will show the game live. The University of Connecticut is the host institution.
The Lobos (24-8) are the No. 8 seed in the Fresno Region, while the Phoenix (28-3) is seeded 9th. After starting 3-3, UW-Green Bay has won 25 straight games, the second-longest current winning streak in the nation. Middle Tennessee State has won 26 in a row.
The UNM-Wisconsin-Green Bay winner will meet the winner of top-seed UConn and No. 16 seed Maryland-Baltimore County Tuesday evening.
All-session tickets to the first and second rounds in Hartford are available online at www.UConnHuskies.com or by calling toll-free at 877/288-2666. Fans interested in traveling to Hartford should call Classic Travel in Albuquerque at 505/888-4454.
Wisconsin-Green Bay went a perfect 16-0 in the regular season of the Horizon League, then captured the postseason tournament championship with a 91-64 romp over Butler. The Phoenix earned its eighth NCAA tournament berth in the past 10 seasons.
This is the first meeting between the Lobos and Wisconsin-Green Bay.
The match-up certainly looks like a contrast in styles. UW-Green Bay is 1st in the nation in free-throw percentage (80.5%), 5th in the nation in field-goal percentage (48.2%) and 10th in the nation in scoring offense at 76.8 points a game. New Mexico is 14th nationally in scoring defense, allowing just 54.8 points. Only three times in 2006-07 have the Lobos allowed 70 or more points in a game, road losses at Oklahoma and at UNLV, and an overtime win at BYU. UNM is 22-0 this season when scoring 60 or more points.
The two teams share one common opponent in Northern Arizona. UW-Green Bay won 75-64 in Flagstaff on Nov. 25 while New Mexico knocked off the Lumberjacks 62-51 in The Pit on Dec. 21.
The Lobos are making their sixth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament and seventh showing overall, all under current head coach Don Flanagan. UNM is 3-6 all-time in the tournament since making the field for the first time in 1998.
New Mexico received an automatic bid after winning the Mountain West Conference tournament last week in Las Vegas. The third-seeded Lobos beat UNLV (80-52), Wyoming (65-53) and regular-season champ BYU 63-49 in the title game. UNM has won four of the past five MWC tournaments.
UNM enters the NCAA Tournament having won four straight games and 12 of 13 since Jan. 27. New Mexico actually started conference play 0-3, but won 11 of its last 13 league games to finish 11-5. The Lobos tied TCU and Wyoming for second place in the Mountain West Conference regular season standings.
The trip back east is a homecoming for Lobos head coach Don Flanagan. He was born in Cambridge, Mass., and spent most of his youth in East Hartford, Conn. In fact, Flanagan was inducted into the East Hartford Basketball Hall of Fame in the summer of 2002.
UNM in the NCAA Tournament
making sixth straight appearance and seventh overall, all since 1998
3-6 in six previous tournaments, 1-4 in games away from Albuquerque
highest seed was No. 6 in 2003
beat Florida in the 1st round last year in Tucson, the Lobos' first tournament win away from Albuquerque; lost to Baylor in the 2nd round
best showing came in 2003 when the Lobos advanced to the Sweet 16; all those games were played in Albuquerque
Head Coach Don Flanagan
is 263-112 in his 12th season as a collegiate head coach, all at New Mexico
had a staggering 401-13 record in 16 seasons at Eldorado HS in Albuquerque, including winning streaks of 77, 74, 69, 66 and 60 games, respectively
including high school, he has had one losing season in 28 years as a head coach: 14-15 in his 1st season (1995-96) at New Mexico
UNM has posted its 7th consecutive 20-win season and 9th in the past 10 years
The Lobos have averaged 23.3 wins the past 7 seasons and 23.1 the past 10
New Mexico was 14-96 in the four seasons before Don Flanagan took over the program
Average attendance at The Pit this year was 9,582, which will probably be 5th nationally
New Mexico finished 4th in the nation in average attendance four straight years from 2003-06, drawing more than 10,350 fans every year; the all-time record is an 11,896 average in 2002-03
Through games of March 8, UNM was 17th in the nation in scoring defense at 55.1 ppg; that figure is now 54.8 ppg
New Mexico finished in the top-20 in the nation in scoring defense every year from 1997-2005
Junior Dionne Marsh (Flower Mound, Texas)
two-time (2005 and `07) MVP of the Mountain West Conference Tournament
1st team all-MWC in 2006 and 2nd team all-MWC in 2007
averaging 14.8 ppg and a team-high 6.4 rpg; averaged 17.3 ppg in the MWC Tournament
has averaged 18.5 points and 6.3 rpg in 10 career postseason games, including 43 points in 2 NCAA Tournament games last season
already the school record holder for FTs made (455) and FTs attempted (640)
ranks No. 6 on the UNM career scoring list with 1,386 points
12th Lobo to surpass 1,000 career points and 500 rebounds
475 points in 2006-07 ranks No. 7 on UNM's single-season list
Senior Katie Montgomery (Lincoln, Neb.)
1st team all-MWC in 2007
played in 126 games and has averaged 36.7 minutes a game the past 2 seasons
needs 26 minutes played to set a UNM single-season record; she has 1,210
UNM career leader in 3-point FGs made (188), 3-pt. FGs attempted (517) and 3-point FG pct. (42.2%)
93% FTs shooter this year, including 95% (39-41) in MWC games
career rankings at UNM: 2nd in FT% (85.3%), 3rd in minutes played (3,798), 4th in assists (404) and 9th in scoring (1,124 points)
Senior Julie Briody (Lynnville, Ind.)
last name is pronounced BRY-oh-dee
UNM's leading scorer in 2006-07 at 15.6 ppg
1st team all-MWC Tournament team in 2007 and 2nd team all-MWC for the regular season
UNM career leader in FT% at 87.5%
498 points in 2006-07 ranks No. 5 on UNM's single-season list
45 points shy of 1,000 for her career; ranks 19th at UNM with 955 points