Nov. 10, 2006
TEMPE, Ariz. - All five starters scored in double figures as the No. 18/20 University of New Mexico women's basketball team downed Florida Atlantic 74-44 in the opening game of the Veteran's Day Classic in Tempe, Ariz. The win marks the ninth time under Don Flanagan the Lobos have opened the season with a win and the fourth time in a row.
The Owls opened the game scoring the first four points on a 3-pointer by Brittany Bowe and a free throw by Andrea Taylor. UNM's first points of the season came from junior Dionne Marsh off a great pass from senior Julie Briody. The Lobos took its first lead at 5-4 with 16:35 in the first half and never trailed again. An early 15-3 run gave New Mexico a 25-9 lead, which never left double figures as UNM led 41-23 at halftime.
FAU played even with the Lobos through much of the second half, as the lead was just 21 with 9:17 to go. UNM though used good ball movement to close the game on an 18-9 run for the final margin.
New Mexico was led by Briody with 17 points and six rebounds. Joining her in double figures was senior Katie Montgomery with 16, Marsh just mised a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds, sophomore Angela Hartill had 11 points and six rebounds and junior Brandi Kimble had her first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Four freshmen also got their first college basketball experience led by Amy Beggin who finished with a team high eight assists and just one turnover in 20 minutes of action.
New Mexico shot 40.4 percent from the field on 23-of-57 shooting. The Lobos out rebounded the Owls 53-29 but FAU had an edge on the offensive glass 15-14. UNM passed the ball well as they posted 19 assists but did struggle some with the Florida Atlantic's turning the ball over 15 times.
Florida Atlantic was led by Breana Cox with 10 points.
Next up for New Mexico is No. 13/12 Arizona State at noon on Sunday, November 12, in the second day of the Veteran's Day Classic. Arizona State plays Nebraska later today.