New Mexico Women's Basketball Hosts Western New Mexico
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  11/08/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Nov. 8, 2010

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The New Mexico women's basketball team will host Western New Mexico Tuesday in exhibition action inside the newly renovated Pit at 7 p.m. This will be the only exhibition game for the Lobos this preseason and will lead up to Friday's season opener against Texas Tech at 7 p.m. Tuesday's game will be broadcast live on MY 50-TV and on 610 AM The Sports Animal. Gametracker and video streaming will also be provided via GoLobos.com.

Head Coach Don Flanagan enters his 16th season at the helm of the Lobo women's basketball program. This season, Flanagan brings on board five freshman, along with a redshirt freshman and 10 returning letterwinners.

New Mexico will host its regular season opener on Friday, Nov. 12 against Texas Tech at 7 p.m. in The Pit. The Lobos will continue playing at home throughout the month of November. New Mexico will host UC-Irvine on Nov. 15 and California on Nov. 20. The Lady Lobos will wrap up their homestand as they host the Thanksgiving Tournament Nov. 26-27. Rhode Island, Oklahoma State and San Francisco will all be playing in the tournament along with New Mexico.

New Mexico is 24-4 all-time in exhibition games under head coach Don Flanagan. UNM has won 22 of its last 23 preseason contests and last beat Eastern New Mexico in exhibition action on Nov. 7, 2009, 100-52 inside The Pit.

1995 - Perth Breakers 99, UNM 55
1995 - Women's Armed Forces 68, UNM 67
1996 - UNM 63, Mexican Univ. All-Stars 53
1996 - UNM 71, Central Texas AAU 50
1997 - Houston Flight 65, UNM 57
1997 - UNM 70, Slovan Bratislava 63
1998 - UNM 81, Houston Flight 60
1998 - UNM 75, Uppsala 39
1999 - UNM 68, Texlon Turtnov 47
1999 - UNM 88, Houston 64
2000 - UNM 65, Lokomotiva 57
2000 - UNM 89, Houston Flight 85
2001 - UNM 84, Houston Flight 80
2001 - UNM 85, Denmark Select 44
2002 - UNM 94, Houston Flight 50
2003 - UNM 67, West Coast All-Stars 56
2003 - UNM 78, Houston Flight 76
2004 - UNM 85, West Coast All-Stars 55
2004 - UNM 72, Houston Flight 57
2005 - UNM 75, Fort Lewis 48
2005 - UNM 77, Metro State 50
2006 - UNM 68, CU-Colorado Springs 34
2006 - UNM 82, Vanguard 43
2007 - China 67, UNM 61
2007 - UNM 98, Eastern New Mexico 66
2008 - UNM 83, Melbourne 41
2008 - UNM 60, Alaska-Anchorage 49
2009 - UNM 100, Eastern New Mexico 52

This season has not started out the way Coach Flanagan had hoped. Two key starters have been hit with season ending injuries prior to the season even beginning. Juniors Nikki Nelson and Sara Halasz both sustained injuries during preseason and will be sitting out the 2010-11 season.

Halasz started in 30-of-32 games last season and was second on the team in points (10.2 ppg) and rebounds (4.9 rpg) during the season. Halasz also shot a combined 40.9 percent from the field during the 2009-10 season.

Nelson played in 26 games last season and averaged 2.3 points and 1.0 rebounds. Nelson was also second on the team in 3-point percentage, shooting 37.2 percent from long range.

This Tuesday's exhibition game against Western New Mexico will be broadcast live on My 50-TV at 7 p.m. The Lobos have scheduled eight games to be broadcast live on television so far this season.

There will be no more waiting outside for fans this season at The Pit. New Mexico has finished the $60 million renovation for the 2010-11 season. The renovation added 60,000 square feet, 40 suites, 365 club seats, video and ribbon boards, expanded concourses, kiosks, a Lettermen's Lounge and much, much more to The Pit.

The University of New Mexico women's basketball program welcomes five freshman: Brianna Taylor (Amarillo Palo Duro High School/Amarillo, Texas), Jasmine Patterson (Amarillo Palo Duro High School/Amarillo, Texas), Tina Doughty (Granbury High School/Granbury, Texas), Morgan Toben (Owasso High School/Owasso, Okla.) and Erin Boettcher (Carondelet High School/Concord, Calif.).