Nov. 4, 2005
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - It may have been the exhibition season opener, but the New Mexico defense was in mid-season form in its 75-48 victory over Fort Lewis College on Friday night at The Pit. UNM forced 20 turnovers and held Fort Lewis to 28 points over the final 30 minutes to put the game away. All 12 Lobos in uniform scored, led by junior guard Katie Montgomery who had 16 points.
Montgomery was one of three Lobos in double figures as sophomore forward Dionne Marsh and junior guard Julie Briody each finished with 11. Montgomery connected on a trio of three-pointers and also handed out a game-high four assists to go along with three steals on the defensive end.
Marsh hit just three of 13 shots from the floor, but was 5-8 from the charity stripe and also grabbed six rebounds. Briody led the team with seven boards, including three offensive, and had a pair of blocks and three steals.
New Mexico got off to a bit of a sluggish start, struggling on the offensive end while Fort Lewis knocked down four three-pointers and converted a three-point play en route to a 20-17 lead midway through the first half.
The Lobo defense took control, however, holding the Skyhawks scoreless for over eight minutes during a 15-0 run. By the time Fort Lewis ended its drought on a pair of Amie Moulton free throws, UNM led 32-22 with 1:34 left in the half.
A steal and lay-up by Timi E-Nunu in the final seconds gave UNM a 38-24 advantage at the break.
UNM shot just 37.5 percent on the night, but hit 22 of 28 free throws (78.6%) and outscored Fort Lewis 34-14 in the paint. The Lobos also held a 44-36 advantage in rebounding, including 18-12 on the offensive end.
New Mexico's takes on Metro State College out of Denver in another exhibition game on Tuesday before opening the 2005-06 season at home against Oral Roberts in the first round of the Women's NIT at Nov. 11. Tip-off for each game is at 7 p.m.