March 7, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico (20-9, 9-7 MWC) women's basketball clinched the fourth seed in the Mountain West Conference Championship Saturday with a 63-45 victory over Wyoming (16-13, 8-8 MWC) inside The Pit. The Lobos reached the 20-win plateau for the ninth consecutive time and the 11th time under head coach Don Flanagan. UNM honored two seniors Saturday in Amanda Adamson and Angela Hartill as they played the final regular-season inside the historic arena.
The Lobos had three players score in double figures including 13 by Hartill. Junior Amy Beggin chipped in 13 points while junior Eileen Weissmann had 11. UNM had its largest lead of 27 points with 16:11 remaining in the second half.
UNM opened the game on a 12-0 run and never looked back. The Lobos didn't allow a Wyoming basket until Elisabeth Dissen scored at the 15:16 mark. New Mexico led by as much as 22 points in the opening half and held a 37-16 advantage heading into the locker room.
Hartill and Adamson each had seven points in the first half while Beggin had eight. Weissmann hit two of her three shots from long distance in the opening half.
The second half was more even with Wyoming outscoring the Lobos, 29-26, in the final 20 minutes. UNM only hit 10 of its 31 shots in the second half but maintained its large lead.
New Mexico shot 37.3 percent for the game and outrebounded the Cowgirls, 46-37.
Saturday was the regular-season finale for the Lobos and possibly the final home game of the year for New Mexico. UNM hosts the first round of the NCAA Tournament from March 21-23.
The Lobos had 9,144 fans in attendance Saturday on Senior Day and Youth Day. It was the fourth time this season that UNM has had a crowd over 9,000.
Emma Langford led the way for the Cowgirls with 12 points. Megan McGuffey was the only other Wyoming player to reach double figures after scoring 10 points. Wyoming was 0-for-15 from behind the arc and shot 27.8 percent from the field.
UNM will advance to the MWC Championship next week in Las Vegas, Nev. The Lobos will enter the tournament as the fourth seed and will face Air Force in the first round Tuesday at 2 p.m. PST.