Jan. 26, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico (15-3, 4-1 MWC) travels to Fort Collins, Colo., Wednesday to battle Colorado State (7-12, 2-4 MWC) at 7 p.m. inside Moby Arena. The Lobos have won four of their five conference games including a victory over TCU Sunday. UNM will try to continue its 10-game winning streak against the Rams Wednesday and remain in the hunt for a regular-season conference title. The game will be broadcast live on 610 AM The Sports Animal while gametracker will be available on www.GoLobos.com.
Wednesday will be the 58th all-time meeting between New Mexico and Colorado State. The Lobos lead the series 30-27 and have won 10 straight. UNM has won 12 of the last 13 games in the series. In Fort Collins, CSU holds a 16-9 advantage. The Rams last victory over UNM was on Feb. 5, 2004 at home, 72-57.
Lobo head coach Don Flanagan is 16-11 all-time against Colorado State. Prior to Flanagan taking over at UNM, the Lobos had lost seven of the last eight dating back to the reinstatement.
Colorado State is under the direction of first year head coach Kristen Holt. Holt, who served as an assistant under Jen Warden, was promoted over the summer and has provided a spark in the Ram program. CSU has already won two conference games after the Rams went 0-16 last year in conference play.
The last meeting between the two schools was on March 14, 2008 in the Mountain West Conference Championship held in Las Vegas. The Lobos cruised to a 65-41 victory over CSU despite the Rams winning back-to-back games to open the tournament. The victory propelled UNM into the championship game against San Diego State and eventually led to a seventh consecutive berth into the NCAA Tournament.
Flanagan is two victories shy of 300 at New Mexico and enters Wednesday's game with an overall collegiate record of 298-129. If you included his high school record at El Dorado High School in Albuquerque, 401-13, he is going for win No. 700 against Colorado State. Flanagan is in his 14th season at UNM and spent 16 years at El Dorado.
Junior Amy Beggin still leads New Mexico in scoring with 15.3 points per game but it was junior Georonika Jackson who stole the show Sunday against TCU. Jackson led UNM with a career-high 23 points on seven of 11 shooting. Jackson drained a career-high six three-pointers in the 75-63 victory over the Lady Frogs.
CSU is 7-12 overall and have won two of its last four conference games. The Rams conference victories have all come on the road at UNLV and at Air Force. CSU will be looking for their fifth home win of the season and third first conference win in Moby Arena. The Rams dropped a heartbreaker to Wyoming last weekend at home, 64-61.
The Rams have five players averaging over five points a game and are led by Kandy Beemer's 8.3 points per contest. Amaka Uzomah leads the team in rebounding with 7.4 boards a game.
New Mexico will return home after the CSU game to host conference leader Utah Sunday at noon. The game will have major regular-season implications and will be televised live on CBS College Sports.
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