Nov. 25, 2007
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico women's basketball defeated Oregon, 65-46, Saturday in the championship game of the Holiday Inn and Suites Express Albuquerque Midtown Tournament held inside The Pit. Sophomore Amy Beggin scored a game-high 17 points to highlight the Lobos victory. Beggin was named the Tournament Most Valuable Player while senior Dionne Marsh and junior Angela Hartill were named All-Tournament. The Lobos scored 41 second half points to pull away with the victory and improve to 5-1 overall. Oregon falls to 3-2 despite going 1-1 in the tournament.
New Mexico shot 33 percent from the field in the opening period and managed to take a 24-16 lead into the break. Beggin had six points at halftime including four rebounds.
UNM came alive offensively in the second half shooting 46.7 percent from the field and finished the game shooting 40.4 percent. The Lobos were 3-of-13 from behind the arch and only 16-of-29 from the free throw line.
Beggin led all scorers with 17, while Marsh chipped in 11 points and seven rebounds. Junior Amanda Adamson had four steals to lead the team.
Taylor Lilley and Micaela Cocks both scored in double-figures for the Ducks. Lilley finished with 10 points, while Cocks recorded a team-high 11. Oregon shot 25 percent from the field as a team and only 57.7 from the free throw line.
The All-Tournament team included Beggin (MVP), Marsh and Hartill along with Kaela Chapdelaine from Oregon and Rashida Suber from Coppin State.
The Lobos outrebounded Oregon, 45-37, for the game and committed nine less turnovers. UNM's largest lead of 21 came in the final minute.
New Mexico will travel to Las Cruces, N.M., on Sunday, Dec. 2 to battle New Mexico State in the Route 66 Hotel and Casino Rio Grande Rivalry. The game is slated to tip off at 3 p.m. MT.