Lobo Women's Basketball Battles No. 12 California Sunday in Berkeley
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  11/15/2007
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Nov. 15, 2007

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico women's basketball travels to Berkeley, Calif., this weekend to battle No. 12 California Sunday at 2 p.m. MT in the Haas Pavilion. The Lobos are 3-0 this season after winning the Women's Sports Foundation Tournament last weekend. UNM enters the contest with three players averaging double-figures including senior Brandi Kimble who is scoring 16.3 points per game. Cal is 1-0 on the year and plays UC-Riverside Thursday night. The game will be available via gametracker at www.GoLobos.com.

Up Next For Lobo Basketball

Game #4 • at No. 12/15 California • Sunday, Nov. 18 • 2 p.m.

Haas Pavilion • Berkeley, Calif.

Live Stats, Audio and Video: Link on www.golobos.com

Against California: The Lobos hold a 2-1 edge in the series with California. The teams split the first two meetings in 1979 and 1980 in Berkeley. In the Golden Bears lone venture to The Pit on Nov. 13, 2005, New Mexico won, 55-46.

Up Next: The Lobos host the Holiday Inn and Suites Express Albuquerque Midtown Tournament on Nov. 23-24 ... Participating teams are Coppin State, Oregon, and Nicholls State.


• Crowd Factor ... Lobo women's basketball crowds at The Pit have ranked in the NCAA Top Five in average attendance for the past seven years. Last season's average was 9,582. The Lobos are averaging 7,834 fans over the first three games of the season.

• Kimble Named MWC Player of the Week ... Senior guard Brandi Kimble was named the Mountain West Conference Player of the Week for her Most Valuable Player performance in the Women's Sports Foundation Challenge over the weekend. Kimble averaged 16.3 points and 11.7 rebounds over the tournament.

• Flanagan Winningest Lobo Basketball Coach ... Head coach Don Flanagan became the winningest basketball coach in UNM history, men's and women's, with his 247th career win on Feb. 4, 2007 against Wyoming. Flanagan has a 13-year collegiate coaching record of 266-113.

• Pups Gain Valuable Experience ... The Lobo underclassmen gained some valuable playing experience in the first three games of the season. For a five-minute stretch in the game against Northwestern on Sunday, Nov. 11, all four freshmen, Kelsey Ansley, Amanda Best, Jessica Kielpinski, and Porche Torrance, were on the court at one time with sophomore Christian Shelter.

About No. 12/15 California (1-0) ... California is currently ranked 12th by the Associated Press and 15th in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 poll. The Golden Bears needed a game-winning three-pointer to beat Fresno State, 83-79, Saturday in their season opener. Cal had three players score in double figures including 31 points by Ashley Walker. The Golden Bears travel to Riverside, Calif., Thursday to face UC Riverside in their only other game before UNM on Sunday.

Lobos Against Nationally-Ranked Opponents ... New Mexico faces No. 12/15 California on Sunday in Berkeley. The Lobos are 10-20 all-time against nationally-ranked opponents under head coach Don Flanagan. The last victory for UNM over a ranked team was on Jan. 5, 2006 against Utah. The Lobos downed the Utes, 59-42, inside The Pit. UNM is set to battle two ranked programs this season including Cal and No. 5 Stanford on Dec. 18. The last road victory over a Top 25 team was on Nov. 18, 2005 at No. 12 Texas, 76-68.

Lobos Cruise to Women's Sports Foundation Title ... New Mexico women's basketball hosted the Women's Sports Foundation Challenge last weekend and went 3-0 to capture the team title. The Lobos were led by senior Brandi Kimble's 16.3 points and 11.7 rebounds per game. Kimble scored 49 points in three games and pull down 35 rebounds on her way to being named the Most Valuable Player of the Tournament.

Women's Sport Foundation All-Tournament Team ... The Lobos had three players recognized following the Women's Sports Foundation Challenge including tournament MVP Brandi Kimble. Senior Dionne Marsh and sophomore Amy Beggin were also named to the All-Tournament team.

New Mexico Shines in Opening Weekend ... The Lobos went 3-0 in the opening weekend with victories over Western Michigan, Dayton and Northwestern. UNM outscored its opponents, 224-164, and outrebounded the opposition, 132-86. The Lobos played well defensively, holding opponents to less than 35 percent from the field. UNM has three players averaging over double-figures including sophomore Amy Beggin (11.3), senior Dionne March (12.3) and senior Brandi Kimble (16.3).

Kimble Opens Season in Big Time Fashion ... Senior Brandi Kimble was named Most Valuable Player of the Women's Sports Foundation Challenge after averaging 16.3 points and 11.7 rebounds per game for the Lobos. Kimble led UNM to a perfect 3-0 record and set new career-highs against Western Michigan Friday night. The Stevenson Ranch, Calif., native scored 22 points and pulled down 20 rebounds against the Broncos in the 2007-08 season opener. Kimble went on to score 10 points against Dayton on Saturday and concluded the tournament with 17 points versus Northwestern on Sunday. During the tournament, Kimble was 15-of-37 from the field, 7-of-17 from behind the arc and 12-of-15 from the free throw line. She also added a team-high five steals, six assists and only turned the ball over four times.

Weissmann Leads Lobos Past Flyers ... Sophomore Eileen Weissmann scored a career-high 13 points against Dayton on Saturday in a 72-64 victory over the Flyers. Against Dayton, Weissmann was 5-of-8 from the field and 1-of-2 from behind the arc. Her previous career-high was 7 points against San Diego State on Jan. 31, 2007. After the opening weekend, Weissmann is averaging 8.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.

Early Signing ... The Lobos announced the signing of guard Lauren Taylor on Wednesday, Nov. 14, for the 2008-09 season. Taylor is a 5-11 shooter from Brownsburg High School in Indiana. She averaged 19.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 3.8 assists for the Brownsburg Bulldogs in 2006-07. A former UNM camper, Taylor was a member of the Junior All-Star central squad and Indianapolis Star's All-West first team, as well as a Hoosier Crossroads All-conference and Hendricks All-County selection. She currently has a 4.35 cumulative grade point average and plans to major in forensic chemistry.

Season Openers ... The Lobos are now 10-3 in season openers, under the direction of Don Flanagan. Even more impressive is the 12-1 mark in home openers since Flanagan took over the program. Overall, UNM is 19-11 in season opening games and 21-9 in home openers.

Beggin Making A Point ... Sophomore Amy Beggin is making the most of her new role as the starting point guard for the Lobos. Beggin is averaging 11.3 points and 7.0 assists per game over the first three games of the season.

Nimble Kimble ... Senior Brandi Kimble has the chance to move into the Top 10 UNM career steals list this season. She had 105 to start the year. Over the weekend she added five more to her grand total.

UNM Top 10 - Career Steals

1. Tamika Stukes 1994-98 354

2. Mandi Moore 2001-05 208

3. Abby Garchek 1994-98 191

4. Jessica Cunningham 1991-95 167

5. Katie Montgomery 2003-07 165

6. Nikki Heckroth 1997-2001 156

7. Chelsea Grear 1999-2003 152

8. Molly McKinnon 1998-2002 151

9. Tracy Satran 1983-87 149

10. Winifred Foster 1982-86 148

Closing In: Kimble 2004-pres. 110

Marsh's Mark ... Dionne Marsh is one of 12 Lobos who is a member of the 1,000-point/500-rebound club. If Marsh has a strong season, she has the opportunity to become the Lobos' all-time leading scorer and one of the top rebounders in program history. She already owns the career free throw records.

UNM Top 10 - Career Points

1. Abby Garchek 1993-97 1,836

2. Jordan Adams 1999-2003 1,798

3. Alison Foote 1981-85 1,672

4. Jean Rostermundt 1976-80 1,541

5. Dionne Marsh 2004-pres. 1,433

6. Yvonne McKinnon 1981-85 1,416

7. Miranda Sanchez 1997-2001 1,301

8. Sonya Bryant 1996-2000 1,142

9. Katie Montgomery 2003-07 1,135

10. Lindsey Arndt 2001-05 1,073

UNM Top 10 - Career Rebounds

1. Carol Moreland 1975-80 982

2. Yvonne McKinnon 1981-85 857

3. Alison Foote 1981-85 800

4. Katie Kern 1995-99 752

5. Jordan Adams 1999-2003 729

6. Lindsey Arndt 2001-05 701

7. Chelsea Grear 1999-2003 679

8. Heidi Harris 1991-95 669

9. Abby Garchek 1994-98 638

10. Jean Rostermundt 1976-80 607

Closing In: Marsh 2004-pres. 546

Home Court Advantage ... One of the great home court advantages in all of college basketball, The Pit begins year No. 30 as the home of Lobo basketball. UNM was 13-2 at home in 2006-07 and won its last six home conference matches. Since Don Flanagan took over the coaching duties in 1995-96, the Lobos have a record of 185-41 in The Pit. UNM averaged 7,902 fans at the two preseason exhibition games.

Lobos on Television ... New Mexico will have at least seven games televised this season. The Lobos have three games on CSTV and four on the Mountain Network. In 2004-05, UNM had a school record 11 games televised.

Hitting The 20 Wins Mark ... New Mexico posted 24 wins in 2006-07, marking the seventh consecutive year that UNM has had 20 wins or more. In head coach Don Flanagan's 12 years, the Lobos have recorded nine 20 win seasons compared to none prior to his arrival. New Mexico has also had 11 consecutive winning seasons under Flanagan. The Lobos continued that success last year finishing 24-9 and reaching the NCAA Tournament for the sixth straight year.

Preseason Mountain West Conference ... Senior all-America candidate Dionne Marsh was named to the All-MWC Preseason Team at Media Days in Denver on Oct. 17. Marsh is a three-time all-MWC selection and two-time MWC Tournament Most Valuable Player. The Lobos were picked fourth overall in the preseason coaches and media poll.

Red Cross Unit ... Nikki Nelson will miss the 2007-08 season due to a knee injury suffered in a pickup game in August.

Hosting, Again ... The Pit will be the site of the NCAA Women's Basketball First and Second Rounds in 2008 and 2009. The dates in 2008 are March 22 and 24. For more information about the tournament, including ticket sales, go to golobos.com.

Exhibition Games ... UNM is 21-4 in exhibition games under Don Flanagan. The Lobos lost their first exhibition game since 1997 on Thursday, Nov. 1, when the #10 internationally-ranked Chinese National Team beat the Lobos, 67-61, ending an 18-game winning streak. The Lobos rebounded three days later to beat Eastern New Mexico, 98-66.