New Mexico Hosts the Holiday Inn Express-Midtown Thanksgiving Tournament
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Release:  11/24/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Nov. 24, 2010

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The University of New Mexico women's basketball team will host the Holiday Inn Express-Midtown Thanksgiving Tournament this Friday and Saturday in The Pit. The Lobos welcome San Francisco, Oklahoma State, and Rhode Island into the newly renovated Pit. Oklahoma State and Rhode Island will face each other at 5 p.m. Friday. New Mexico will play the Dons from San Francisco in the later match at 7 p.m. The consolation game will be played at 5 p.m. Saturday with the championship game at 7 p.m. New Mexico's games will be broadcast live on 610 AM The Sports Animal. Gametracker will also be provided for all games on GoLobos.com.

Friday's and Saturday's games are being sponsored by Holiday Inn Express & Suites Midtown. Media sponsors for New Mexico's games this weekend are M88 Radio and KNKT 107.1.

Friday, November 26
5 p.m. - Rhode Island vs. Oklahoma State Box Score: Oklahoma 94, Rhode Island 45 Get Acrobat Reader

7 p.m. - San Francisco at New Mexico | GameTracker

Saturday, November 27
5 p.m. - Consolation Game | GameTracker
7 p.m. - Championship Game | GameTracker

The Lobos will begin a three-game road swing on Dec. 1 when they travel to New Mexico State to take on their Rio Grande Rival at 7 p.m. New Mexico will then travel to Tempe, Ariz. for the Arizona State Classic on Dec. 3-4. The Lobos will take on Lamar on the first day of the tournament at 8:30 p.m. MT. Depending on the outcomes of the first day of the tournament; New Mexico will either play Arizona State or Cal Poly on Dec. 4.

The Dons come into Friday's game with a 1-2 record after losing to Cal State Fullerton, 66-69 on Nov. 18. San Francisco got its first win of the season on Nov. 15 against San Jose State, 71-59.

The Dons are led by senior Donisha Taylor with 11.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. Junior Katie Keating is second on the team in scoring, averaging 11.3 points per game.

Friday's game against San Francisco will be the third meeting between the two teams. The series is currently tied 1-1. The Lobos won the last matchup, 63-52 on Dec. 31, 2004 in The Pit.

Lobos vs. Dons
12/11/03 at USF L 43-37
12/31/04 vs. USF W 63-52

The Cowgirls come into this weekend's tournament with a 4-0 record. Oklahoma State beat UT Arlington 82-52 on Nov. 22. The Cowgirls have also won games against Centenary, Grambling State and Texas Southern. Last season Oklahoma State made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, losing to Georgia, 74-71 in overtime.

The Cowgirls have a young team this season bringing back only three upperclassmen, along with three sophomores. Oklahoma State has six freshmen and one redshirt freshman on the 2010-11 squad. Sophomore Toni Young leads the team with 14 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. Freshmen duo Vicky McIntyre and Tiffany Bias are averaging 12.3 points and 11 points per game, respectively.

The series between New Mexico and Oklahoma State is currently tied 3-3. The Cowgirls have won the past two games, with the last win coming on Nov. 18, 2009. Oklahoma State won that game in The Pit, 70-56.

Lobos vs. Cowgirls
1/4/86 vs. OSU L 58-54
12/13/97 vs. OSU W 65-44
11/23/04 at OSU W 60-56
11/26/05 vs. OSU W 56-52
12/30/06 at OSU L 80-58
11/18/09 vs. OSU L 70-56

The Rams come into this weekend with a 3-1 record and are currently riding a two-game winning streak. Rhode Island beat Fairfield, 52-55 on Nov. 22 and NJIT, 57-51 on Nov. 20.

Senior Megan Shoniker leads the Rams on offense, averaging 18.5 points per game. Junior Lara Gaspar leads Rhode Island on the boards, grabbing nine rebounds per game. Gaspar is also second on the team in scoring with 10.8 points per game.

The Lobos have yet to play Rhode Island.

The Lobos got their second win of the season after beating California on Saturday, 63-54 in double overtime. The Golden Bears were receiving votes in the AP Poll and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll prior to Saturday's game. New Mexico outscored California by nine points and shot 12-of-15 from the free-throw line in overtime to capture the win.

Senior Amanda Best led the Lobos with a season-high 16 points and had a season-high nine rebounds. Sophomore Jourdan Erskine led New Mexico on the boards, grabbing a career-high 12 rebounds. Freshman Jasmine Patterson tied her career-high 11 points against the Golden Bears. Junior Porche Torrance got her second double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Torrance also got a career-high four blocked shots against California. Junior Lauren Taylor also scored in double figures with 13 points.

So far this season New Mexico has out-rebounded its opponents in every game. The Lobos have grabbed 20 more rebounds than their opponents this season and are out-rebounding their opponents by a margin of 6.7 per game. In New Mexico's double overtime win against California, the Lobos out-rebounded the Golden Bears by 14 rebounds.

Junior Porche Torrance had a career-high 13 rebounds in the season opener of Texas Tech on Nov. 12. Torrance grabbed 10 more rebounds against California on Nov. 20. Sophomore Jourdan Erskine had a career-high 12 rebounds against the Golden Bears. Senior Amanda Best added a season-high nine rebounds during the win against California.

Porche Torrance got her first career double-double in the season opener against Texas Tech on Nov. 12. The junior forward grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds and scored 11 points. On Nov. 20 against California, Torrance recorded her second double-double of the season and second of her career by scoring 10 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.