Dec. 2, 2009
Las Cruces, N.M.--The University of New Mexico women's basketball team stormed back in the second period after trailing by two at the half for a 92-85 road win at New Mexico State. New Mexico took control of the high-scoring shootout with a hot hand in the second half, as five Lobos stepped up to score double figures in the Rio Grande Rivalry at the Pan Am Center. The Lobos improve to 5-2 on the season with the win.
Sophomores Lauren Taylor and Sara Halasz led the Lobos offensively with 20 points apiece -- Taylor finally blew her previous career high of 13 out of the water. Valerie Kast and Amy Beggin chipped in with 12 each, while Georonika Jackson rounded out the double figures with 10 points.
The first half was a back and forth battle in which the Lobos were led by Kast and Taylor. After sitting out the entire game in New Mexico's loss against Toledo last week, Kast came off the bench for six points and two blocks in the first half to give the Lobos a much-needed presence in the paint.
New Mexico State helped their own cause with an aggressive, up and down style early on, as both teams matched up man-to-man. The Lobos cut an eight point Aggie lead to two with 4:34 left in the half, helped by a Porche Torrance three-pointer in the midst of a nine point unanswered run.
In the defining moment of the first half, Taylor hit a free throw to complete the three-point play and tie the game at 30 with just over four minutes remaining. Eight Lobos scored in the first half, led by Taylor with nine. The Aggies clung to a two point lead at the half, and went into the break leading 38-36.
Halasz came on strong in the second half, in which she lit up the court with 14 of her 20 points. The Lobos are highly favored in high-scoring games, now 68-3 when scoring 60-plus points over the course of four years.
New Mexico was tested down the stretch with a few Aggie three-pointers, and Beggin was sent to the charity stripe eight times in the last minute. Beggin converted six of eight to preserve the win.
The Lobos have now won 26 out of their last 27 games against NMSU, and the two teams will meet again in 18 days at The Pit. Tonight was the first of three road games for New Mexico, who will face off against Texas Tech Saturday at 1 p.m. in Lubbock. Please visit GoLobos.com for more information.