Nov. 14, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The New Mexico women's basketball team will host Florida Gulf Coast Sunday at 2 p.m. in The Pit. The Lobos battle the Eagles in the second round of the 2009 Preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament. UNM defeated Northern Colorado in the opening round and FGCU beat UTEP to set the stage for Sunday. The game will be broadcast live on 610 AM The Sports Animal with game tracker and live video on GoLobos.com.
New Mexico is 1-0 on the year after the victory over the Bears Friday night. The Lobos pulled out a 81-59 win over the Northern Colorado to advance. Four Lobos reached double figures including a team-high 16 from senior Amy Beggin. Post players Jessica Kielpinski had 11 points while senior Valerie Kast chipped in 13. Sophomore Lauren Taylor made her first career start and scored 12 points. True freshmen Caroline Durbin, Jourdan Erskine, Emily Stark and Jordan Unverzagt all played.
Beggin moved into 10th place all-time in scoring at New Mexico Friday night. Beggin finished the game with 16 and now has 1,079 career points. Beggin pasted former Lobo great Lindsay Arndt (1,073) and is 56 points behind Katie Montgomery for ninth.
FGCU enters the game undefeated at 1-0 and is coming off a 66-54 victory over the Miners. The Eagles were 26-5 last year and played in the postseason WNIT. Friday night, Chelsea Lyles led FGCU with 19 points and six rebounds. Shannon Murphy chipped in 15 for the Eagles while Brittany Brown had 11 points off the bench. FGCU shot 36 percent from the field and hit 19-of-26 free throws. The Eagles are coached by Karl Smesko and have five upperclassmen.
The winner of Sunday's game will advance to face either Georgia Tech or Oklahoma State on Wednesday. The Yellow Jackets and Cowgirls play in Stillwater Sunday at 1 p.m. MT.
Senior Valerie Kast moved into a tie for seventh place on the UNM all-time blocks list with her two blocks Friday against Northern Colorado. Kast entered the year in ninth place with 62 and now has 64 heading into Sunday. Kast pasted Arndt and is locked with Melissa Forest at 64. Kast is 14 blocks behind Carol Moreland for 6th all-time.
Don Flanagan improved his overall record to 309-137 with the victory over Northern Colorado.
Sunday will be the first ever meeting between the Lobos and Eagles.
UNM ranked eighth in attendance last year with nearly 7,500 fans per game. Friday night the Lobos had 7,068 fans on-hand to watch the season opener with UNC.