Feb. 25, 2011
The University of New Mexico women's basketball team hosts TCU in The Pit at 2 p.m. on Saturday for Facebook/Twitter day. All friends or followers of the Official Lobos' Facebook/Twitter page are eligible to purchase $3 tickets when they present a coupon to the Lobo Ticket Office. Saturday's game against TCU will be broadcast live on The Mtn. Sports Network. The Mtn. can be seen on Comcast channel 276 and DirecTV channel 616. GameTracker will be provided for Saturday's game on GoLobos.com. Live audio will also be provided on 610 AM The Sports Animal and on GoLobos.com.
New Mexico has one more home game and one more game on the road before the conference tournament on March 8-12. New Mexico will host BYU for its final home game of the season at 6 p.m. on Mar. 1. The game against BYU will also be senior night where the Lobos will honor their two seniors: Amanda Best and Jessica Kielpinski. Tuesday's game will also be broadcast live on the Mtn. Sports Network, which can be seen on Comcast channel 276 and DirecTV channel 616. New Mexico will finish the regular season in Colorado Springs, Colo. as the take on Air Force at 12 p.m. on Mar. 5.
The Horned Frogs enter Saturday's game with a 19-9 record this season and a 11-3 record in conference action after beating Utah on Feb. 22. TCU beat Utah, 71-60 on Tuesday in Fort Worth, Texas. As a team, the Horned Frogs shot 50.9 percent on the floor and 53.3 percent from long range against the Utes. This season TCU is shooting 40.5 percent on the floor and 32.9 percent from long range.
In TCU's game against Utah, senior Helena Sverrisdottir led the team with 23 points and six assists. Sophomore Starr Crawford led the Horned Frogs on the boards with 14 rebounds and added 13 points for a double-double. Senior Emily Carter added 19 points for TCU against the Utes. Carter leads the Horned Frogs in scoring this season, averaging 17.9 points a game. Crawford leads TCU on the boards with 9.8 rebounds a game. Sverrisdottir runs the offense for the Horned Frogs, dishing out 4.2 assists a game.
Tuesday's game against the Horned Frogs will be the 17th meeting between the two teams. New Mexico currently leads the all-time series against TCU, 9-7. In their most recent matchup this season, the Lobos beat the Horned Frogs in Fort Worth, Texas, 65-54 on Jan. 26. New Mexico handed TCU its first conference loss of the season in order to get its first conference win of the season.
LAST TIME AGAINST TCU
New Mexico beat conference leader TCU, 65-54 on Jan. 26 in Fort Worth, Texas. The Lobos tied their season-high in field goal percentage by shooting 39.3 percent. New Mexico also out-rebounded TCU 46-39, which was the first time the Lobos out-rebounded an opponent in five games. The Lobos had multiple players break or tie career-highs against the Horned Frogs. Senior Amanda Best led the Lobos in scoring with 16 points. Best also tied her career-high five assists and got a career-high five steals. Freshman Morgan Toben led New Mexico on defense with a career-high 13 rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Sophomore Caroline Durbin and freshman Jasmine Patterson both added 14 points. Durbin's 14 points was also a career-high and she grabbed a career-high six rebounds. Junior Porche Torrance played a career-high 40 minutes and tied her career-high four blocked shots.
LAST TIME OUT
The Lobos got their fourth conference win of the season on Feb. 23 by beating UNLV, 68-60 in the Thomas and Mack Center. New Mexico trailed by four points going into intermission, but rallied back in the second half on a 7-1 run to take the lead at 46-42 with 10:07 remaining. The Lobos continued to extend their lead with 44.8 percent shooting on the floor in the second half. New Mexico had two players break career-highs in scoring: freshman Jasmine Patterson had a career-high 24 points with a career-high nine field goals made and senior Amanda Best had a career-high 22 points with 19 of her points coming in the second half alone. Junior Porche Torrance added 10 points, while junior Lauren Taylor scored six points off of two 3-pointers in the first half. Both Torrance and Best led the team on the boards with nine rebounds each. Best ran the offense with a team-high five assists. Sophomore Jourdan Erskine had a career-high four blocked shots against the Rebels on defense.
Senior Amanda Best was named to the 2010-11 Capital One Academic All-America Women's Basketball Teams as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, Thursday. The senior was named to the third-team Academic All-America Team for her success both in the classroom and on the court. The Snohomish, Wash. native, has a 4.0 GPA as a Biology major. Best is leading the Lobos on the boards with 7.5 rebounds a game and assists with 2.9 assists a game. She is second on the team in scoring, averaging 10.7 points a game. Best is the only Mountain West Conference player to be named to the Academic All-America Women's Basketball Team this season.
This season the Lobos have two players in the top-10 all-time on the UNM records book for career blocked shots. Senior Jessica Kielpinski is sixth with 82 career blocks, while junior Porche Torrance is ninth with 70 career blocks. Torrance is also tied for sixth all-time in blocked shots in a season with 43 blocks this season. Torrance had a career-high five blocked shots against San Diego State on Feb. 15 to move her up three spots on the all-time list for blocks in a season. Torrance also ranks fourth in the conference and 69th in the nation in blocked shots this season. The Lobos as a team rank 55th in the country for blocked shots per game, averaging 4.3 blocks a game.
The Lobos shot a season-high 53.3 percent on the floor on Feb. 12 in their win over Colorado State. That was only the second time New Mexico has shot over 50 percent in a game this season. The Lobos shot 52.2 percent on the floor in their win against Air Force on Feb. 2. In New Mexico's three conference wins this season, the Lobos have shot 45.6 percent on the floor and have averaged 70.8 points a game.
LOBOS IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST
After the 15th week of action, the Lobos are currently second in the conference in rebounding, averaging 39.4 rebounds per game. New Mexico is third in steals, averaging 8.3 per game. The Lobos are second in offensive rebounds, averaging 13.4 per game. New Mexico is third in free-throw percentage, shooting 73.6 percent from the line and third in blocked shots with 4.3 per game.
Individually, junior Lauren Taylor is tied for second in the conference in free throw percentage, shooting 85.4 percent from the line. Junior Porche Torrance is fourth in steals with 1.9 per game and fourth in blocked shots with 1.7 per game. Freshman Morgan Toben is sixth in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage, shooting 35.4 percent from long range. Senior Amanda Best is sixth in the conference in rebounding with 7.5 rebounds a game.
LOBOS ON TV
The Lobos are 1-6 this season when their games are broadcast on television. The Lobos beat Rio Grande Rival New Mexico State, 58-49 on Dec. 1 in Las Cruces for their first television game of the season. New Mexico has been beaten in its past six television games with its most recent loss (58-61) coming on Feb. 19 at Utah.