Jan. 26, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- Senior Dionne Marsh scored 11 points for New Mexico, as the Lobos lost to BYU, 41-38, Saturday afternoon at The Pit. Mallary Carling chipped in 14 points, and Shawnee Slade had 12 to lead the way for BYU in its victory over New Mexico. The Lobos fell to 10-9 overall and 2-4 in the Mountain West Conference. The Cougars improved to 9-8 on the season and 3-2 in league play.
The Lobos took their first lead of the game at 10-9 at the 14:01 minute mark off of a steal from senior guard Brandi Kimble. There were a total of five lead changes in the first half. Slade and Carling led the way for the Cougars in the first half with 8 points apiece. BYU hit three 3-pointers inside of seven minutes to play in the first half to go on a 9-4 run. Marsh had a couple of buckets down the stretch including a 3-point play at the 1:18 mark to cut the Cougar lead to three points at 25-22 going into halftime.
The Cougars extended their lead to five to start the second half. The lead would switch two more times until junior Angela Hartill hit a 3-pointer to knot the score at 31 apiece with 14:18 left to play. The Lobos finally took the lead in the second half off a bucket by sophomore Eileen Weissmann at the 13:29 mark making it 33-31. This would be the last time the Lobos would lead for the rest of the game. BYU freshman guard Jazmine Foreman hit a 3-pointer at the 11:31 mark to help the Cougars hold on for the victory. New Mexico would pull within three points, and sophomore guard Amy Beggin missed a 3-point shot from the corner with an opportunity to tie the game in the final 20 seconds left to play.
The Lobos shot 24.1 percent from the floor for the game, and 15.8 percent from behind the arc for the game. Beggin tied a career high with five steals in the losing effort for the Lobos. Marsh was the only Lobo to reach double-figures in the game.
New Mexico continues conference play next Saturday, February 2, when they host UNLV at 7:00 p.m. inside The Pit.