Nov. 21, 2003
The University of New Mexico women's basketball team opened their 2003-2004 season with a 77-75, win over the University of Southern California. Freshmen Julie Briody led the Lobos with 18 points in her Pit debut, including an 8-11 effort from the foul line. Ebony Hoffman led the Trojans with 19 points in a losing effort.
The Lobos (1-0) came out of the gate struggling from the field. New Mexico shot just 34.6% (9-26) from the field despite getting good looks inside. UNM was able to take advantage from the foul line, hitting all 14 of their first half attempts. UNM went on a 15-5 run late in the half, capped off by a Jenny Shetters hook shot to put the Lobos up 30-20 with 2:13 left in the period. Senior Melissa Forest and junior Lindsey Arndt both had seven points in the first half to give UNM a 34-25 lead going into the locker room.
The Trojans started the second half on fire with an 18-10 run. USC took the lead at the 11:27 mark, when Chloe Kerr connected on two of her ten points. The Trojans extended their lead to as much as six points with just over six minutes to go in regulation when Eshaya Murphy scored to put the Women of Troy on top 65-59.
At that point, Briody went on a tear, scoring the next eight points and tying the score at 67 with 3:45 left in the game. The two teams traded baskets over the next three minutes and found themselves deadlocked at 75, with Briody on the line and just 22.7 seconds left in the game. Briody calmly stepped up and canned both shots, giving UNM a 77-75 lead. USC was not able to get off another successful attempt and the Lobos moved to 8-1 in home openers under head coach Don Flanagan.
The Lobos return to The Pit on Tuesday night when they host Cal State Fullerton at 7:00 p.m. (M.S.T.).