Jan. 23, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The 23rd-ranked New Mexico women's basketball team will host TCU Sunday at 3 p.m. MT live nationally on CBS College Sports. The Lobos are 14-3 overall and 3-1 in the Mountain West Conference. The Lady Frogs come into Albuquerque with a 12-6 overall mark and a 4-1 league record.
Sunday will be the 12th all-time meeting between the two schools on the hardwood. Ann Schatz and Tammy Blackburn will be calling the action for CBS C Sunday. Joe Behrend will be calling the action via radio on 610 AM The Sports Animal. Live video and stats will be online at www.GoLobos.com.
New Mexico is off to its best record through the first 17 games of the season in school history. The Lobos have won 11 of the last 13 games but are coming off a loss to San Diego State Wednesday. Junior Amy Beggin continues to lead UNM in scoring with 15.4 points per game and is pulling down 5.0 rebounds per contest. Senior Angela Hartill is second in scoring with 11.7 points while senior Amanda Adamson leads the team in rebounding with 6.6 boards per game.
The Lady Frogs have won their last two games including an 81-78 victory over Wyoming in Laramie, Wyo., Wednesday night. TCU is averaging 73 points per game and has played one of the toughest schedules. The Lady Frogs are 2-2 this season against nationally-ranked teams with upsets over Maryland and California. Three TCU players are averaging in double figures with TK LaFleur and Helena Sverrisdottir both chipping in 15.4 points per game.
Sunday will also feature two intense coaches in Jeff Mittie for TCU and Don Flanagan for the Lobos. Mittie is in his 10th season at TCU and has made remarkable strides with the program. During his tenure, Mittie has guided the Lady Frogs to seven NCAA Tournaments and won five conference titles. Mittie is 4-2 all-time against UNM while at TCU.
Flanagan is creeping up on win No. 300 and has led UNM to eight NCAA Tournaments and seven consecutive. Flanagan is 6-5 all-time against the Lady Frogs.
New Mexico leads the series with TCU, 6-5 but has dropped three of the last four meetings. The Lobos last victory over the Lady Frogs was on Feb. 25, 2007 inside The Pit. Last year, TCU swept both games including a 57-54 thriller inside The Pit.
The Mountain West Conference is one of the most competitive conference in the country and this year is no exception. Heading into the weekend, five teams look to be distancing themselves from the pack. Utah currently leads the conference at 4-0 while TCU is in second with a 4-1 record. That leaves BYU, New Mexico and San Diego State all tied for third with a 3-1 league record.
The last time UNM and TCU met on the hardwood was on Feb. 17, 2008 in Fort Worth, Texas. The Horned Frogs pulled out a 59-51 overtime victory. Helena Sverrisdottir dominated for TCU scoring a game-high 24 points and pulled down nine rebounds.
QUICK HITTERS -
- UNM has tied for its best start in school history at 14-3 overall and currently sit third in the Mountain West Conference standings with a 3-1 record. The Lobos are 11-1 inside The Pit this season after snapping an 11-game home winning streak Wednesday against San Diego State.
- Sunday's game will be broadcast live on CBS College Sports starting at 3:05 p.m. MT. The game will be broadcast nationally on Direct TV (613), Comcast (274) and Dish Network (152). Ann Schatz will provide the play-by-play while Tammy Blackburn will provide the color commentary.
- UNM is 6-1 this season when playing on TV. The Lobos have three games remaining on TV this season including Sunday's game with TCU.
- The Lobos have made a three-pointer in 186 consecutive games. Sunday's game will be the 868th all-time for New Mexico is 31 seasons. UNM is 480-387 all-time.
- UNM Head Coach Don Flanagan will try to creep towards win No. 300 Wednesday. Flanagan has a career record of 297- 129 in 14 seasons.
- The Lobos are ranked for the third week this season and entered the week ranked 23rd by the Associated Press.
- Junior Amy Beggin has scored in double figures in 16 of 17 games this season. Beggin is 7th all-time in career three-pointers at New Mexico with 112 and ninth in assists with 268.