Sweet No. 6 For Lobos
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  03/10/2007
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

March 10, 2007

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - Tournament MVP Dionne Marsh scored 20 points and rescued New Mexico from a second-half collapse, leading the Lobos past Brigham Young 63-49 in the Mountain West women's championship Friday.

The Lobos (23-8) earned a sixth straight trip to the NCAA tournament with their fourth conference crown in five years, a run that began with a win over BYU in the 2003 title game.

Marsh stifled BYU center Dani Wright, who fouled out with five minutes to go after scoring five points on 2-of-10 shooting.

Marsh picked up her fourth foul with six minutes left but Wright missed the front end of the one-and-one, leaving the Lobos clinging to a 43-42 lead.

Wright was whistled for her fourth foul and Marsh sank both of her free throws for a 45-42 lead.

On the Lobos' next possession, the Cougars (23-9) fell apart.

Wright fouled out and Jennie Keele was whistled for a technical for saying something to the officials. Although Julie Briody (14 points) missed both technical foul shots, Marsh sank both of hers for a 47-42 lead with 5:14 remaining.

Mallary Gillespie, who led the Cougars with 17 points, sank a 3-pointer to make it a two-point game but Marsh scored nine more points with her nemesis on the bench as the Lobos closed out the game on a 14-2 run.

The Cougars have reached the title game six times in the tournament's eight-year history but won it just once, in 2002.

New Mexico jumped out to a 30-17 lead in the opening minutes of the second half before the Cougars charged back to make a game of it behind Gillespie, Shaw Slade, who scored 14, and Lauren Riley, who had 10 points and 14 rebounds.

Katie Montgomery added 13 points for the Lobos.

Dionne Marsh, New Mexico (MVP)
Julie Briody, New Mexico
Mallary Gillespie, BYU
Hanna Zavacz, Wyoming
Lauren Riley, BYU