Dec. 11, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The New Mexico women's basketball team will host Loyola Marymount Saturday at 1 p.m. MT in The Pit. The Lobos (6-3) return home after a three-game road swing and are coming off a big victory over Arizona Wednesday. Saturday's game will be streamed live on GoLobos.com with gametracker available. The game can also be heard on 610 AM The Sports Animal.
Saturday will be the eighth meeting between Loyola Marymount and New Mexico. The Lobos lead the all-time series 5-2 and have won the last two games. UNM is undefeated at home against LMU (3-0) and won the last game played on Jan. 2, 2002 in The Pit, 71-61. Lobo head coach Don Flanagan is 1-0 against the Lions.
NEW MEXICO OVERVIEW
The Lobos have won two of their last three games all on the road. UNM is 6-3 on the season and coming off an 81-61 route of Arizona in Tucson. Senior Amy Beggin had 20 points against the Wildcats and is leading UNM in scoring with 15.0 points per game. Sophomore Lauren Taylor had a career night against Arizona chipping in 20 points and brought her season average to 12.1 a game. Sophomore Sara Halasz and Jessica Kielpinski had 10 points against UA.
New Mexico has three players averaging in double figures in Beggin (15.0), Taylor (12.1) and Halasz (10.7). The Lobos are scoring just over 72 points per game and have scored over 80 points four times this year.
Freshman Jourdan Erskine had her best game to date Wednesday against Arizona. Erskine played 20 minutes and had a career-high five points.
UNM shot 50.8 percent against the Wildcats and hit 12 3-pointers. The Lobos outrebounded Arizona 37-33.
LONG RANGE SHOOTERS
New Mexico has proved to be a long distance shooting team after making 67 3-pointers this season. The Lobos have made 36.6 percent of their 3s. Senior Amy Beggin has hit 24 3-pointers and ranks third all-time at UNM for most made. Beggin is second in the Mountain West Conference in 3-point field goals made. Sophomore Lauren Taylor is shooting 41.0 percent from behind the arc and ranks 10th in the league. Taylor is second on the team with 16 shots made.
SCOUTING LOYOLA MARYMOUNT
The Lions are 5-4 on the season and led by Alex Cowling's 15.6 points per game. Renahy Young is second on the team with 14.6 points per game. Cowling and Young are the only two LMU players in double figures. The Lions have won two of their last three games and are averaging 68.7 points per game.
LMU has played well on the road going 4-1 in away games. The Lions have won four straight road contests including a 66-64 victory at Cal State Fullerton Wednesday.
The Lions shot 46.3 percent from the field against Fullerton and had five players score in double figures. Cowling led the way with 18 points. LMU hit 15-of-21 free throws against Fullerton and scored 31 points in the paint.
AGAINST THE WEST COAST CONFERENCE
New Mexico is 11-8 all-time against the WCC and 5-2 all-time against LMU.
Julie Wilhoit is the head coach at LMU and is in her 15th year. Wilhoit guided the Lions to an 18-12 record last year and finished fourth in the WCC. Heading into Saturday's game, Wilhoit is 205-208 all-time at LMU and 326-278 during her 22 year coaching career. Don Flanagan is 314-140 all-time at New Mexico and in his 15th season.