March 4, 2011
The University of New Mexico women's basketball team will travel to Colorado Springs, Colo. to take on Air Force for its final game of the regular season. The Lobos play the Falcons at noon on Saturday in Clune Arena. GameTracker will be provided for Saturday's game on GoLobos.com. Live audio will also be provided on 610 AM The Sports Animal and on GoLobos.com.
New Mexico enters Saturday's game with a 10-17 record this season and a 4-11 record in conference action after falling to BYU, 65-49 on Tuesday in The Pit. The Lobos honored their seniors as they played in their final home game of their career on Tuesday with their highest attended game this season of 8,326. New Mexico out-rebounded BYU 35-33 and made eight more free throws than the Cougars, but that wasn't enough as BYU shot 42.9 percent on the floor and 61.1 percent from long range. Freshman Jasmine Patterson and senior Amanda Best led the Lobos in scoring with 10 points each. Best also had a team-high eight rebounds and six assists during her senior night. Senior Jessica Kielpinski had seven points and five rebounds to close out her senior night.
New Mexico will travel to Las Vegas, Nev. for the 2011 Conoco Mountain West Conference Women's Basketball Championship on Mar. 8-12. The Lobos will open the tournament playing in the first day's games on Tuesday.
SCOUTING AIR FORCE
The Falcons come into Saturday's game with an 8-20 record overall and a 3-12 record in conference play. Air Force is currently riding a four-game losing streak after losing to TCU, 88-51 on Mar. 2. The Falcons committed 23 turnovers in their loss to the Horned Frogs, which gave TCU 33 points off of turnovers. Air Force shot 36.5 percent on the floor and 37.5 percent from long range against TCU. This season, the Falcons are shooting 39.7 percent on the floor and 35.2 percent from long range.
Senior Raimee Beck leads the Falcons in scoring, averaging 11.4 points a game. Dymond James leads the team on the boards, grabbing 6.7 rebounds a game and adds 11.0 points a game. Megan Muniz leads the team in assists with 3.8 assists a game. Muniz led the team in scoring against TCU with 15 points. Beck added 12 points and a team-high five assists. James also scored in double figures with 10 points against the Horned Frogs.
Saturday's game between New Mexico and Air Force will be the 31st meeting between the two schools. The Lobos currently lead the all-time series 29-1 and have won the past 29 games. New Mexico beat Air Force earlier in the season, 64-59 in The Pit on Feb. 2.
LAST TIME AGAINST AIR FORCE
New Mexico beat Air Force, 64-59 to get its second conference win of the season on Feb. 2. The Lobos shot a season-high 52.2 percent on the floor against the Falcons. New Mexico also shot 40 percent from long range and 80 percent from the free-throw line. Senior Amanda Best led the team with 15 points, nine rebounds, and a career-high eight assists. The Lobos had three more players score in double figures: senior Jessica Kielpinski (13) and juniors Lauren Taylor (11) and Porche Torrance (10).
LOBOS AT HOME
New Mexico ended this season with a 6-9 record at home and a 2-6 record at home during conference play. This was the first time that the Lobos did not have a winning record at home since head coach Don Flanagan took over. New Mexico still holds a strong 221-60 (.789) record at home under Flanagan.
LOBOS IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST
After the 16th week of action, the Lobos are currently second in the conference in rebounding, averaging 39.0 rebounds per game. New Mexico is fourth in steals, averaging 8.1 per game. The Lobos are second in offensive rebounds, averaging 13.4 per game. New Mexico is third in free-throw percentage, shooting 73.7 percent from the line and third in blocked shots with 4.3 per game.
Individually, junior Lauren Taylor is fourth in the conference in free throw percentage, shooting 84.9 percent from the line. Junior Porche Torrance is second in steals with 1.9 per game and fourth in blocked shots with 1.7 per game. Freshman Morgan Toben is sixth in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage, shooting 36.4 percent from long range. Senior Amanda Best is sixth in the conference in rebounding with 7.6 rebounds a game. Best is third in the conference in defensive rebounding with 5.7 a game.
QUICK HITS -
- In 27 games, Coach Flanagan has changed his starting lineup 11 different times this season.
- UNM is 221-60 (.786) at home under Flanagan.
- UNM is in its 33rd season of women's basketball and has an overall record of 518-426.
- Flanagan is 337-167 all-time as the Lobos head man. Flanagan has guided UNM to 14 consecutive winning seasons and 13 straight postseason tournaments.
- The Lobos have compiled a 149-88 (.629) overall record in conference action under Flanagan. New Mexico has a 113-66 (.631) record in Mountain West Conference games.
This season the Lobos have two players in the top-10 all-time on the UNM records book for career blocked shots. Senior Jessica Kielpinski is sixth with 82 career blocks, while junior Porche Torrance is ninth with 74 career blocks. Torrance is also fifth all-time in blocked shots in a season with 47 blocks this season. Torrance had a career-high five blocked shots against San Diego State on Feb. 15 to move her up three spots on the all-time list for blocks in a season. Torrance also ranks fourth in the conference and 62nd in the nation in blocked shots this season. The Lobos as a team rank 54th in the country for blocked shots per game, averaging 4.3 blocks a game.