Feb. 1, 2011
The University of New Mexico women's basketball team returns home to take on Air Force in The Pit at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. New Mexico enters Wednesday's game with a 7-12 record overall and a 1-6 record in conference play. Air Force is 7-13 on the year and 2-5 in conference action. The game against the Falcons marks the halfway point in Conference action for the Lobos. New Mexico will play each team one additional time before traveling to Las Vegas, Nev. for the Conference Championship on Mar. 8-12. Wednesday's game can be heard live on 610 AM The Sports Animal and on GoLobos.com. Live video streaming and GameTracker will also be provided on GoLobos.com.
Wednesday's game is being sponsored by ESPN Radio 101.7 The Team.
ON THE HORIZON
The Lobos will travel to Laramie, Wyo. to take on the Cowgirls for the second time this season at 6 p.m. on Feb. 8. The game against Wyoming will be broadcast live on The Mtn. Sports Network. The Mtn. can be seen on Comcast channel 276 and DirecTV channel 616. New Mexico will return home to take on Colorado State at 2 p.m. on Feb. 12.
SCOUTING AIR FORCE
Air Force comes into Wednesday's game with a 7-13 record overall and a 2-5 record in conference play after upsetting TCU on Jan. 29. The Falcons beat the Horned Frogs on Saturday in Clune Arena, 60-55. Sophomore Dymond James led Air Force in scoring with 11 points against TCU before fouling out. Sophomore Megan Muniz had a team-high seven assists and added eight points. The Falcons out-rebounded the Horned Frogs 42-32 and shot 37 percent on the floor. This season, Air Force is shooting 40.4 percent on the floor and 33.2 percent from long range.
Senior Raimee Beck leads the Falcons in scoring, averaging 11.9 points a game. James leads the team on the boards, grabbing 7.1 rebounds a game and adds 10.3 points a game. Muniz leads the team in assists with 4.2 assists a game.
Wednesday's game between New Mexico and Air Force will be the 30th meeting between the two schools. The Lobos currently lead the all-time series 28-1 and have won the past 28 games. New Mexico swept both games last season, beating Air Force in The Pit, 62-42 on Jan. 20, 2010 and beating the Falcons in Clune Arena, 65-46 on Feb. 20, 2010.
LAST TIME OUT
New Mexico fell to BYU, 76-64 in Provo, Utah on Jan. 29. The Lobos shot a season-high 41.1 percent (23-56) on the floor, which included 50 percent shooting (7-14) from long range. New Mexico had three players score in double figures on Saturday. Freshman Jasmine Patterson tied her career-high 18 points against the Cougars, while senior Amanda Best and junior Porche Torrance added 14 and 12 points, respectively. Best also led the team on the boards with nine rebounds and dished out four assists.
New Mexico will now have live video streaming available for the remainder of the Lobos' home games this season. This year's video streaming features a real-time running score and game clock displayed on the screen. The video streaming is also linked to the live audio broadcast by 610 AM The Sports Animal. Joe Behrend provides the play-by-play action for the games, while former Lobo standout Nikki Heckroth-Lobato provides the analysis of the games. Fans can access the live video streaming from GoLobos.com by clicking the video link on the schedule.
Over the past two games, the Lobos have improved their overall field goal percentage by 11.2 percent. New Mexico has shot 40.2 percent on the floor and 38.9 percent from long range over the past two games, compared to its 29.9 percent shooting on the floor and 25.3 percent shooting from long range through the first five games of conference. In their first conference win on Jan. 26, the Lobos tied their season-high field goal percentage, shooting 39.3 percent on the floor at TCU. The very next game on Jan. 29 at BYU, New Mexico shot a season-high 41.1 percent on the floor, which included 50 percent shooting from long range.
Through the first seven games of conference play, the Lobos have found it difficult to shoot in the first half. New Mexico is shooting 27.2 percent on the floor and 22.2 percent from long range during the first half. The Lobos also average only 22.9 points a game in the first half. However, in the second half New Mexico improves its shooting to 38.8 percent on the floor and 36.5 percent from long range. The Lobos also average 11.2 more points in the second half.
DURBIN HAS CAREER-HIGH NIGHTS
In two consecutive games, sophomore Caroline Durbin broke her career-high in both scoring and field goals made. Durbin scored a career-high 12 points and made a career-high five field goals to lead the Lobos in scoring against UNLV on Jan. 22. In the very next game, Durbin broke her career-high with 14 points and made a career-high six field goals against TCU on Jan. 26. In both games, the guard made two shots from long range. Durbin also grabbed a career-high six rebounds and shot 54.5 percent on the floor against the Horned Frogs.
PATTERSON MAKING A NAME FOR HERSELF
It's only 19 games into the season and freshman Jasmine Patterson has already stamped her name into the Lobos' records book. The freshman guard made the top-16 on the all-time freshman scoring list when she tied her career-high 18 points against BYU on Jan. 29. With those 18 points, Patterson has amassed 185 points so far this season to put her 16th all-time. Miranda Sanchez held the spot previously when she scored 180 points during her freshman year in 1998. Patterson needs only 17 more points to take the 13th spot that is being held by current Lobo Sara Halasz. Halasz scored 201 points during her freshman year in 2009.
Patterson also made the top-10 all-time for most steals in a single game. On Dec. 7 against Arizona, Patterson had a career-high seven steals in The Pit. Those seven steals put the freshman tied for seventh on the all-time records book for most steals in a single game.