Nov. 16, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. ---- The New Mexico women's basketball team will host Oklahoma State Wednesday at 7 p.m. MT in The Pit. The Lobos (2-0) and Cowgirls (2-0) will battle in the semifinals of the Women's National Invitational Tournament. Wednesday's game will be the third straight WNIT game hosted by New Mexico who defeated Northern Colorado Friday and Florida Gulf Coast Sunday. The game can be heard on the 610 AM The Sports Animal. UNM will also provide live video stream and gametracker on GoLobos.com.
Wednesday will be the fifth all-time meeting between Oklahoma State and New Mexico. The Lobos lead the all-time series 3-1 and have won the last three games. OSU and UNM haven't battled on the hardwood since Nov. 26, 2005, when the Lobos won 56-52. Don Flanagan is 3-0 against Oklahoma State.
The Lobos are led by All-America candidate Amy Beggin. Beggin scored 20 points against Florida Gulf Coast and is averaging 18 points per game as a senior. Sophomore Sara Halasz is chipping in 16 per game and is coming off a career-high 24 point performance against FGCU Sunday. The Lobos are looking to go 3-0 for the third consecutive year.
TAYLOR MAKING THE MOST OF HER OPPORTUNITIES
Sophomore Lauren Taylor has started back-to-back games for New Mexico and has started the year off right. Taylor, who was used off the bench last year, is averaging 9.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. Taylor has a team-leading nine assists this season.
GREAT FT SHOOTING
UNM is shooting 85.2 percent from the free throw line. The Lobos have hit 46-of-54 shots from the charity stripe in two games.
SCOUTING THE COWGIRLS
Oklahoma State is undefeated at 2-0 and coming off a big win over Georgia Tech. The Cowgirls beat the Yellow Jackets, 70-64, at home behind Andrea Riley's 24 points. Riley is averaging 25.5 points and six rebounds per game. Along with Riley, Tegan Cunningham and Precious Robinson are averaging double figures. Cunningham is chipping in 18.5 points per game while Robinson is averaging 12. The Cowgirls shot 40.2 percent from the field and 72.2 percent from the charity stripe.
Riley was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week Monday. She was chosen after averaging 25.5 points, 6.0 rebounds 5.5 assists and 2.0 steals in OSU's two preseason WNIT wins over the weekend.
OSU is coached by Kurt Budke who is in his fourth season. Budke has led the Cowgirls to three straight postseasons.
LAST TIME AGAINST OSU
New Mexico came from behind to win the last meeting with OSU. The 25th-ranked New Mexico women's basketball team rallied behind the determination of Dionne Marsh to beat Oklahoma State 56-52 in the championship game of the Thanksgiving Tournament. Marsh scored 14 points and made four free throws in the final 37 seconds as New Mexico rallied for the win.
The teams combined for 17 3-pointers, with New Mexico hitting nine and OSU eight. Oklahoma State had a 37-31 edge in rebounding, including 14 offensive.
The game was tied at 30-30 at the half before UNM pulled out the victory at home.