Feb. 15, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The New Mexico women's basketball team will try to snap a two-game skid Wednesday against Wyoming in Laramie. The game is set to tip at 7 p.m. in the Arena Auditorium. Joe Behrend will call the action on 610 AM The Sports Animal with GameTracker available on GoLobos.com. Both teams are tied for third in the league standings. The Lobos are 14-9 overall and 6-5 in the Mountain West Conference. Wyoming is 15-8 on the year and 6-5 in league play.
The Lobos lead the all-time series with Wyoming 34-23 and have won the last two meetings. New Mexico is 9-18 all-time when playing in the Arena Auditorium. Don Flanagan is 21-7 all-time against the Cowgirls. The last win for New Mexico over Wyoming on the road was on March 3, 2005, 65-48. UNM has lost four straight in Laramie.
UNM beat Wyoming earlier this year in The Pit, 74-61. The Lobos had a solid game against the Cowgirls, shooting 48.1 percent from the field and hitting eight 3-pointers. Amanda Best had a career-high 21 points while three other Lobos reached double figures. Amy Beggin had 14 points, Sara Halasz added 13 and Jessica Kielpinski chipped in 11. UNM shot 80 percent from the free throw line, making 16-of-20 shots. Emma Langford led Wyoming in the first contest with 13 points while Jade Kennedy had 12 points.
New Mexico let one get away last year in Laramie. The Lobos were up 28-16 at the half but dismal shooting in the final 20 minutes proved to be fatal. UNM was 6-of-25 from the field in the second half and was outscored 36-22. The come-from-behind win for Wyoming was led by Hillary Carlson's 16 points while Emma Langford had 12. Amy Beggin was the only Lobo to reach double figures in the game with 12 points.
Senior Amy Beggin missed Saturday's game with an injury but should be back for the Wyoming game. Beggin suffered an injury against UNLV and missed her first event at New Mexico in 124 games. Beggin is leading the Lobos in scoring with 13.5 points per game. She is the only Lobo averaging in double figures.
Sophomores Lauren Taylor and Sara Halasz are averaging just over 9.0 points per game while junior Amanda Best is scoring 9.3 a game. Junior Jessica Kielpinski is leading the team in rebounding with 6.0 boards per game.
Former Lobo Katie Kern is currently on the Wyoming coaching staff. Kern, who played at UNM from 1995-99 under Don Flanagan, is in her fourth year in Laramie. Kern has helped guide Wyoming to two postseason appearances. Wyoming sophomore Brenna Freeze is an Albuquerque native. Freeze graduated from La Cueva High School.
Wyoming has won two of its last three games and is 9-1 at home this year. The Cowgirls have won five straight games at home (all conference games) and haven't lost in the AA since Dec. 20, 2009 when they fell to Oregon, 66-78.
Hillary Carlson is leading Wyoming in scoring with 15.3 points per game. Aubrey Vandiver, who sat out all of last year with an illness, is the team's top rebounder with 9.8 rebounds per game and is second on the team in scoring with 13.3 ppg. Wyoming shoots 42.1 percent from the field and has hit 189 3-pointers this season. The Cowgirls are making 37.8 percent of their 3-pointers and shooting 71.0 percent from the free throw line. Wyoming has five players averaging over 6.5 points per game.
Wyoming dropped its last game on Saturday at TCU, 78-59. The Cowgirls fell to the conference leaders on the road but still remain in the hunt for a top seed in the MWC Championship. Emma Langford led the Cowgirls in scoring with 16 points against TCU while Hillary Carlson added 11. Wyoming only had three bench players score and chipped in a combined 16 points. The Cowgirls outrebounded TCU, 43-36.
New Mexico will stay on the road following the Wyoming game and head straight for Colorado Springs. The Lobos play at Air Force Saturday. The game with the Falcons is scheduled for a 2 p.m. tip.