March 6, 2007
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico women's basketball team will open postseason play at the MWC Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev., with a quarterfinal game against the Lady Rebels of UNLV. This is a rematch of last years quarterfinals and it will be the second time in six days that the two teams have met. The Lobos are the three seed at 21-8 and 11-5 in the MWC, while the Lady Rebels are the six seed at 14-14 and 8-8 in conference. Tip-off Wedenesday from the Thomas and Mack Center is scheduled for 3:30 PM (MST) and can be seen on the mtn. or heard live on 610 The Sports Animal.
TONIGHT'S GAME: Tonight's game features the Lobos of the University of New Mexico as they travel to Las Vegas, Nev., to play the Lady Rebels of UNLV in the quarterfinals of the MWC Tournament.
SCOUTING THE LOBOS: New Mexico is 21-8 this season and 11-5 in the MWC with victories over Florida Atlantic (74-44), No. 25 Texas (63-60), Georgia Southern (64-43), Siena (78-39), New Mexico State (81-47 and 65-45), at Arizona (76-63), Sam Houston State (77-41), UCLA (72-63), Northern Arizona (62-51), Colorado State twice (73-42, 77-66), Air Force twice (60-46, 57-47), UNLV (77-56), San Diego State twice (76-46, 67-48), Wyoming (50-43), Utah (73-65), BYU (80-75 OT) and TCU (75-54) and losses to No. 12/13 Arizona State (67-49), Nebraska (66-59), No. 7/8 Oklahoma (80-58), Wyoming (54-51), Utah (49-48), BYU (63-59), TCU (67-43) and UNLV (70-59). UNM is led in scoring by senior Julie Briody at 15.6 ppg and rebounding by junior Dionne Marsh at 6.7 rpg. Leading the Lobos in assists is senior Katie Montgomery at 3.4 apg.
SCOUTING THE LADY REBELS: UNLV is 14-14 on the year and 8-8 in the conference with wins over Cal State Bakersfield (60-52), Elon (70-40), Long Beach State (61-44), UC-Irvine (74-50), DePaul (89-71), Nevada (77-63), San Diego State (71-54), Wyoming (51-46), Air Force twice (63-55, 72-58), Colorado State twice (57-46), BYU (76-71 OT) and New Mexico (70-59) and losses to Pepperdine (57-42), Michigan (68-58), Wisconsin (67-51), Southern Utah (56-52), Boise State (76-63), UT-San Antonio (70-62), TCU twice (88-63, 75-62), Utah twice (49-37, 70-55), BYU (64-59), New Mexico (77-56), San Diego State (67-54) and Wyoming (85-59). Leading the Lady Rebels in scoring is Sequoia Holmes at 14.5 ppg and Faye Muller leads them in rebounding at 10.1 rpg. Leading them in assists is Brittany Halberg at 2.9 apg.
THE COACHES: UNM is led by head coach Don Flanagan who enters his 12th season at New Mexico. Flanagan is 260-112 at UNM. The head coach of UNLV is Regina Miller who is in her ninth season as a Lady Rebel and 15th overall. Miller has a record of 167-102 at UNLV and 227-202 overall.
THE SERIES: This will be the third meeting between New Mexico and UNLV, with each team winning on their home court This will be the 34th meeting overall with UNLV holding a 21-12 advantage and is 16-2 in Las Vegas. This will also be the fourth time that the two teams have met in the conference tournament with UNLV holding a 2-1 advantage, including last years first round victory 57-45.
MWC TOURNAMENT HISTORY: The Lobos are 11-4 in the MWC Tournament and have won three MWC Tournament Championships. UNM is 5-3 in MWC Tournament games played in Las Vegas and are 5-2 in the quareterfinals. New Mexico is a third seed for just the second time and is 0-1 in that game losing to UNLV last year in Denver. In conference tournament play since 1992, the Lobos are 20-11, 11-5 in Las Vegas, 9-6 in the quarterfinals and have won four tournament titles.