Lobos Outlast Rebels, 60-47
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/28/2006
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Jan. 28, 2006

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Katie Montgomery made a season-high five 3-pointers and scored 21 points to help No. 18 New Mexico overcome a poor first half shooting performance and beat UNLV 60-47 Saturday night.

New Mexico (16-4, 6-1 MWC) missed its first 10 shots and shot a season-low 28.3 percent. But Montgomery's 3-point shooting, 19 offensive rebounds and solid defense extended New Mexico's homecourt winning streak in Mountain West Conference games to 31 straight.

New Mexico's last conference loss in The Pit was to UNLV on Jan. 6, 2002.

Reserve forward Kisha Lee scored eight points to lead the Rebels (12-6, 4-3 MWC). Sherry McCracklin had 15 rebounds for UNLV.

Dionne Marsh had a double-double for New Mexico with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

UNLV raced off to a 9-0 lead as New Mexico kept a season-high home crowd of 17,057 on edge by misfiring from all over the court in the early minutes. Montgomery broke the drought with a 3 with 15:16 left, then followed with two more 3-pointers to cut the UNLV lead with 11-9.

The Lobos, with Montgomery hitting four 3s in the first half, took a 24-20 lead at the break despite shooting just 8-for-37 (21.6 percent) from the field. Abbie Letz, who missed her first five shots, scored seven points in the final 1:42 of the opening half.

New Mexico never trailed after that as Montgomery got scoring help from Marsh in the second half and the Lobos' defense slowed down the Rebels' transition game.

New Mexico had 14 offensive rebounds in the first half and with 11:28 left in the game the Lobos had one more offensive rebound (17) than defensive.

While Montgomery hit 4 of 7 shots in the first half, the rest of the Lobos hit just 4 of 30 shots.