Feb. 5, 2004
Fort Collins, Colo. - A slow start to the second half did in the New Mexico Lobos as Colorado State grabbed a 72-57 decision in a Mountain West Conference game. UNM falls to 12-7 overall and 4-2 in league play. The Lobos have lost 12 straight to the Rams in Fort Collins. CSU snapped a four-game losing streak, improving to 11-8 and 2-4 in the MWC.
Leading 33-28 at halftime, New Mexico was outscored 17-4 in the first 10 minutes of the second period and never recovered. UNM missed 14 of its first 16 shots in the second half - 10 straight during one stretch - as Colorado State took a 45-37 advantage and never looked back.
After just four turnovers in the first half, New Mexico turned it over four times in the first three minutes of the decisive second half. The Lobos finished with 13 turnovers.
New Mexico lost for just the third time in 13 games when leading at the break. UNM shot just 33% for the game, including a chilly 26% (8-31) accuracy in the second half.
The Lobos started strong behind the play of junior Lindsey Arndt, who scored 10 of UNM's first 14 points. Arndt finished with a team-high 19.
Leading 14-12, freshman Katie Montgomery and senior Melissa Forest hit consecutive 3-pointers to cap a 10-0 run that provided New Mexico with a 24-12 advantage. The Rams answered, however, with 10 straight points of their own to get back in the game.
Junior Mandi Moore had six assists to pass Nikki Heckroth for the No. 2 spot on UNM's all-time list. Moore has 425 assists in her career.
The Rams were a stellar 24 of 26 from the free-throw line, while New Mexico converted just 7 of 15 for 47%. UNM came into the game shooting 73% from the stripe in all games and 79% in five MWC contests.
New Mexico faces Wyoming Saturday in Laramie. Game time is 2 p.m.