Dec. 5, 2003
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The New Mexico women's basketball team won by the largest margin in school history with a 71-point 89-18 win Friday night at The Pit in the Southwest Airlines Lobo Shootout. The Lobos tied a school record with 15 3-pointers and 14 blocks while improving to 5-1. Tennessee State falls to 0-4. Katie Montgomery led the Lobos with a career-high 20 points and six 3-pointers on 7-of-10 shooting from the field. UNM will face South Carolina in the Southwest Airlines Lobo Shootout championship game tomorrow night at approximately 8 p.m. in The Pit.
The Lobo defense limited the Lady Tigers to just 18 points, which is the fewest UNM has allowed in school history, and held TSU to 15.2 percent shooting. The previous low was 27 points by Fort Bliss on Feb. 26, 1975.
UNM tied a school record with 15 3-pointers, led by Montgomery's six. Freshman Julie Briody also netted three treys and had 11 points in the contest.
The previous largest margin of victory for UNM was 63 points - which came in UNM's last game, a 103-41 win over Texas Southern. The Lobos have now won by 134 points combined in their last two games.
The Lobos dominated the first half of play, heading into the break with a 38-8 lead. The 30-point lead marked the largest of the season at the half for the Lobos. Montgomery led the UNM with 11 points in the half, while Francis poured in nine consecutive points at one stretch. The eight points were the least amount scored in one half against UNM since it limited Wyoming to seven points on Jan. 11, 1998.
South Carolina defeated Southern Utah, 81-79, in the first game of the Southwest Airlines Lobo Shootout. Southern Utah (3-2) will meet Tennessee State (0-4) in the first game tomorrow at 6 p.m., while South Carolina and UNM will face off in the championship game at approximately 8 p.m.