No. 23 Lobos Top Aggies, 65-45
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  12/19/2006
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Dec. 19, 2006

Box Score

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Julie Briody scored 19 points as No. 23 New Mexico beat rival New Mexico State 65-45 on Tuesday night, the Lobos' 22nd consecutive win in the series and second this season.

The last time NMSU (4-7) beat the Lobos (9-2) was a 78-73 double overtime win in Las Cruces on Dec. 22, 1995.

Katie Montgomery scored 14 points for New Mexico and Angela Hartill added 10.

Sherell Neal and Cecilia Russell-Nava led the Aggies with 11 points each.

New Mexico didn't have a good shooting night overall, but it was 3-pointers that made the difference. The Lobos were 8-for-14 from 3-point range, including four by Briody.

The Aggies struggled to keep up, going 4-for-13 on 3s.

The Lobos led 37-21 at the half and started the second by missing their first nine shots, a streak that ended when Briody hit back-to-back 3s to stretch the lead to 47-29 with 12:17 remaining.

During the same period, New Mexico's defense buckled down and forced the Aggies to miss their shots. NMSU hit 4-for-11 to open the half.

The Lobos outrebounded the Aggies 41-31, including 16-8 on the offensive glass.

New Mexico won the first meeting of the season against New Mexico State, 81-47 in Albuquerque.