March 6, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- Lobo women's basketball hosts Colorado State Saturday in the regular-season finale inside The Pit. The game is slated to tip at 2 p.m. MT. UNM is 16-12 overall and 8-7 in the Mountain West Conference. The Rams enter the game with a 2-26 record and remain winless at 0-15 in league play. Saturday will be Senior Day for the Lobos as they honor Dionne Marsh and Brandi Kimble. The game will be broadcast live on the radio via 610 AM The Sports Animal.
Up Next For Lobo Basketball
Game #29 vs. Colorado State
Sponsored by Dairy Queen, KKOB 770 AM and 610 AM The Sports Animal
Saturday, March 8, 2008 2 p.m.
The Pit/Bob King Court
Live Stats, Audio and Video: www.GoLobos.com, All-Access
Radio: 610 AM (The Sports Animal) - Joe Behrend and Hazel Tull-Leach will call the action from courtside at The Pit.
Against Colorado State (2-26, 0-15): This will be the 56th meeting between the Lobos and Colorado State. UNM holds a slight edge in the series, 28-27, with the 74-47 win in Fort Collins on Feb. 6. The Lobos are 16-10 against the Rams in The Pit.
Up Next: The Lobos will play in the #4-#5 game of the 2008 Phillips 66 Mountain West Conference Tournament on Wednesday, March 12, at 2:30 p.m. (MDT). The game will be televised on The Mtn. (Comcast Channel 276).
Brandi Kimble ... is a four-year Lobo from Stevenson Ranch, Calif. Kimble comes into Saturday's game tied for 10th on the Lobos all-time career steals list with 148. With eight more steals, Kimble could jump all the way up to sixth on the list. Kimble is the daughter of Bobby and Batreace Kimble and is majoring in Biology with plans of going to medical school.
Dionne Marsh ... is a four-year Lobo from Flower Mound, Texas. Marsh is 11 points away from becoming the Lobos all-time career scorer after scoring a season-high 27 at UNLV on Tuesday night. Marsh is a three-time all-MWC honoree and two-time MWC Tournament MVP during her career. Marsh is one of 12 Lobo women's basketball players to score 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds. She is the daughter of Raymond and Donna Marsh and is majoring in Biology with plans of going to medical school after pursuing a professional basketball career.
Last Time Out - at UNLV - W, 68-65 ... Senior Dionne Marsh scored a season-high 27 points as the University of New Mexico women's basketball team beat UNLV, 68-65, Tuesday night at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas. Marsh, now with 1,826 career points, needs just 11 points to become the Lobos' all-time career scorer. The Flower Mound, Texas, native also had nine rebounds on the night, moving into sixth place on the Lobos all-time career rebound list with 702. New Mexico took an eight-point lead into the locker room at halftime, 28-20, behind 11 points from Brandi Kimble and eight by Marsh. UNLV went on a 9-0 run to start the second half and take the lead for the first time, 29-28. But the Lobos got back on track, building the lead to 41-35 on a jumper by Marsh. Angela Hartill hit a jumper with 9:07 left in the game to give UNM its biggest lead of the game, 49-40. The Lady Rebels gradually cut the lead, tying the score at 59 on a layup by Shamela Hampton with 2:02 left in the game. Sequoia Holmes hit a three-pointer with nine seconds left to cut the UNM lead to 66-65, but Amy Beggin hit two free throws with eight seconds left to seal the UNM win, 68-65. In addition to Marsh's 27 points and nine rebounds, Kimble finished with 15 points and the Lobos shot 59.1 percent from the field, the best shooting night for UNM this season.
About Colorado State (2-26, 0-15) ... The Rams are on a 19-game losing streak, coming into Saturday's game at The Pit. Senior guard Sara Hunter leads the team in scoring with 10.0 points per game and is the only CSU player to start every game this season for head coach Jen Warden.
Marsh's Mark ... Dionne Marsh recorded the 12th double-double of her career on Feb. 13 against San Diego State with 15 points and 11 rebounds, her second double-double of the season.
Marsh is one of 12 Lobos who is a member of the 1,000-point/500-rebound club. Marsh has the opportunity to become the Lobos' all-time leading scorer and one of the top rebounders in program history.
On the scoring side of the box, Marsh needs 11 to take the lead from Abby Garchek (1993-97) on the Lobo all-time career scoring list. She is also moved into third place on the Mountain West Conference all-time career scoring list with 27 points at UNLV.
The senior from Flower Mound, Texas, moved into sixth place on the UNM all-time rebound list with 9 on March 4 at UNLV. Marsh needs 27 rebounds to move into fifth place.
Nimble Kimble ... Senior Brandi Kimble has moved onto the Top 10 UNM career steals list this season with one steal at UNLV. She is tied with Winifred Foster for 10th place with 148 and needs 9 steals to move all the way up to fifth place.
Crowd Factor ... Lobo women's basketball crowds are at The Pit are the best and have ranked in the NCAA Top Five in average attendance for the past seven years. The Lobos cracked the 8,000 average mark this season following the Dec. 18 crowd of 8,711 against Stanford. UNM is averaging 8,491 fans in 17 home games of the season. The largest crowd at The Pit this season was 11,942 against UNLV on Feb. 2 for Pack The Pit. The Lobos are currently seventh in the nation in home attendance.
Hosting, Again ... The Pit will be the site of the NCAA Women's Basketball First and Second Rounds in 2008, 2009, and 2010. The dates in 2008 are March 22 and 24. The NCAA women's basketball staff was on site Tuesday, Dec. 18, for UNM's dress rehearsal game. Every host site of an NCAA basketball round must host the staff for one game during the season leading up to the hosting round. For more information about the tournament, including ticket sales, go to golobos.com.
Super Sophomore Beggin ... Sophomore Amy Beggin is one of the top performers for New Mexico this season. Beggin, who has started every game at the point, is averaging 37.5 minutes, 11.4 points and 4.3 assists per game. The Maplewood, Minn., native is 20th in the nation in assist-turnover ratio at 2.02 and is ranked in the top 100 in assists per game (72nd - 4.3) and free throw percentage (38th - 83.8), the only Lobo in the national rankings. Beggin scored a career-high 26 points against UNLV on Feb. 2 and has scored in double-figures 13 times this season, including five consecutive from Nov. 23-Dec. 8. She set another career mark on Jan. 19 with six three-point field goals made at Air Force. Beggin set a new career-mark on Jan. 15 with five steals against TCU and tied it on Jan 26 vs. BYU. She picked off a career-high 10 rebounds at UTEP on Dec. 30. In the final game of the Holiday Inn and Suites Express Albuquerque Midtown tournament against Oregon, Beggin chipped in 17 and was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. She has matched her career-high for assists in a game twice this season with eight against Dayton and Towson. The ironwoman of the squad, Beggin has played in 14 complete games this season.
No. 400 For Flanagan ... Don Flanagan coached his 400th collegiate game on Sunday, Feb. 17, at TCU. Already the winningest basketball coach in New Mexico history, Don Flanagan earned his 275th collegiate win on Feb. 6 at Colorado State, 74-47.
Sharp Shooters ... The Lobos recorded two of their best shooting nights of the season on Feb. 2 vs. UNLV and March 4 at UNLV. The Lobos topped their previous season high on March 4, shooting 59.1 percent. The previous mark was 55.9 percent from the field and 66.7 percent in just the second half, the best half of the season, on Feb. 2. With 55.4 percent at Colorado State on Feb. 6, the Lobos have shot over 50 percent in six games this season.
RPI Watch Underway ... This is the time of year that teams hoping for a post-season NCAA bid start watching their RPI as much as the national polls put out by the Associated Press and ESPN, USA Today and the coaches. The official NCAA RPI reports were first released in early January. There are at least three other unofficial RPI rankings that teams keep an eye on late in the season - collegerpi.com, The Women's RPI Report, and Jeff Sagarin.
Latest RPI rankings for UNM and the MWC
NCAA (March 3) - 79
collegerpi.com/Jerry Palm (March 5) - 82; MWC - 7
The Women's RPI Report/rpiratings.com (March 3) - 79; MWC - 7
Jeff Sagarin/CBN Ratings/rpiratings.com (March 5) - 73; MWC - 7
Totally UNOFFICIAL Attendance Rankings ... The University of Wisconsin annually provides a weekly national ranking for attendance in women's basketball, released on Mondays. New Mexico is currently seventh overall at 8,491 fans per game at The Pit. The season-high crowd of 11,942 at The Pit against UNLV ranks 32nd in the nation.
Scoring 60 ... The Lobos are 37-0 when scoring at least 60 points over the past two seasons. When the Lobos score under 60 points, the record is 3-19. The last time New Mexico lost a game in which it scored 60 points was the second round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament against Baylor in Tucson, 87-67.
Love That Defense ... The Lobos are currently ranked 7th in the country in scoring defense, only allowing opponents to score 53.3 points per game. UNM is also among the top 50 in the nation in turnovers per game (31st; 15.1), personal fouls per game (47th; 15.2), assist/turnover ration (46th; 0.91), rebound margin (37th; +5.7) and field goal percentage defense (31st; .369).
164 and Counting ... The Lobos extended their streak of making a three-point field goal to 164 consecutive games with three on March 4 at UNLV. The last time UNM did not make a three-point basket was Feb. 27, 2003 vs. UNLV.
Pit, Sweet Pit ... One of the great home court advantages in all of college basketball, The Pit is serving year No. 30 as the home of Lobo women's basketball. The Lobos are currently 11-6 at home in 2007-08. UNM was 13-2 at home in 2006-07 and won its last six home conference matches. Since Don Flanagan took over the coaching duties in 1995-96, the Lobos have a record of 183-40 in The Pit. Against MWC competition, New Mexico is 56-10 at The Pit, including a 35-0 run from Jan. 17, 2002-March 4, 2006.
Extreme Makeover At The Pit ... Major renovations to The Pit could start as early as the summer of 2008. The cost of the project could range from $50-60 million. The University of New Mexico Board of Regents recently gave preliminary approval for a $20-25 million bond. The rest of the funding will come from the state and private sources. Gov. Bill Richardson pledged funding for Pit renovations in January 2006. The venerable arena opened Dec. 1, 1966. All renovations in the past 40 years have been limited to locker rooms and offices. Although specific details are being finalized, the scope of work is expected to include the following:
new entrances, ticket office and novelty store
new men's and women's locker rooms
expanded north, east and west concourses to allow for the construction of new restrooms and concession stands
suites on the mezzanine level of the east and west sides
connect the Davalos Center to The Pit
and possibly a third-floor restaurant on the north end.
Lobos on Television ... New Mexico will have at least eight games televised this season - three games on CSTV, four on the Mountain Network, and one on Comcast/Aggievision. In 2004-05, UNM had a school record 11 games televised.
Hitting The 20 Wins Mark ... With one game, plus the MWC Tournament, remaining, the Lobos still have a long shot at their eighth consecutive season with 20 or more wins on the season. New Mexico posted 24 wins in 2006-07, marking the seventh consecutive year that UNM has had 20 wins or more. In head coach Don Flanagan's 12 years, the Lobos have recorded nine 20 win seasons compared to none prior to his arrival. New Mexico has also had 11 consecutive winning seasons under Flanagan.