Feb. 14, 2007
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Colorado State didn't make things easy, but Julie Briody and New Mexico proved to be too much in the end as the Lobos pulled away for a 77-66 Mountain West Conference victory tonight in The Pit. Briody scored a career-high 26 points to lead the Lobos (18-7, 8-4 MWC) to their sixth straight win. Sara Hunter had 22 points for CSU (7-17, 2-10) which has not won in Albuquerque since 1998.
After an 0-3 start to conference play, UNM has won eight of its last nine to jump into the thick of the MWC title race. Colorado State, however, kept the game closer than expected and trailed just 64-60 with five minutes left to play. The Lobo defense stiffened late and New Mexico got to the free throw line down the stretch, closing the game with a 13-6 run.
Briody did a little bit of everything on the offensive end, shooting 8-13 from the floor, including 3-6 from three-point range. The nation's leading free throw shooter was 7-9 from the free throw line.
The first half was much like the second as the Rams stayed within striking distance for 17 minutes before UNM made a run to take a 37-28 lead into the locker room.
Hunter did most of her damage from long distance, scoring 15 of her 22 points from beyond the arc (5-8). Nya Mason and Juanise Cornell also finished in double figures, scoring 14 and 13, respectively.