New Mexico Travels to Laramie to Take on Wyoming
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/07/2011
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 7, 2011

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The University of New Mexico women's basketball team travels to Laramie, Wyo. to take on Wyoming at 6 p.m. on Tuesday. The Lobos are starting the second half of conference action on Tuesday as they take on the Cowgirls for the second time this season. New Mexico will play each team one additional time before traveling to Las Vegas, Nev. for the Conference Championship on Mar. 8-12. Tuesday's game will be broadcast live on The Mtn. Sports Network. The Mtn. can be seen on Comcast channel 276 and DirecTV channel 616. The game can also be heard live on 610 AM The Sports Animal and on GoLobos.com. GameTracker will also be provided on GoLobos.com.

New Mexico will return home to take on Colorado State at 2 p.m. on Feb. 12. Saturday's game will be "Youth Day," all tickets will be $2 for youth ages 2-18. The Lobos will host San Diego State at 6 p.m. on Feb. 15 for "Think Pink" night. The game against the Aztecs will be broadcast live on The Mtn., which can be seen on Comcast channel 276 and DirecTV channel 616.

Wyoming comes into Tuesday's game with a 17-5 record overall and a 7-2 record in conference play. Wyoming split both games on the road last week, losing to BYU and beating Colorado State. The Cowgirls fell to the Cougars, 73-48 on Feb. 2. Wyoming shot a meager 18.8 percent from long range against BYU who did not make a single free throw during the game. The Cowgirls beat Colorado State, 74-55 on Feb. 5. Wyoming shot 54.9 percent on the floor and 50 percent from long range against the Rams.

Aubrey Vandiver led the team last week in scoring and rebounding. Vandiver averaged 25.2 points and 10 rebounds in two games last week. Hillary Carlson and Vandiver lead the team in scoring this season, averaging 17.7 points a game. Vandiver leads the team in rebounding, grabbing 9.2 rebounds a game, while Carlson grabs 7.2 a game. Jade Kennedy leads the team in assists, dishing out 4.2 a game.

Tuesday's game between New Mexico and Wyoming will be the 61st meeting between the two schools. The Lobos currently lead the all-time series 34-26 after losing to the Cowgirls earlier in the season on Jan. 8. Wyoming beat New Mexico in The Pit, 63-53.

The Lobos fell to Wyoming, 63-53 in their opening game of conference play on Jan. 8. The Cowgirls shot 51.1 percent from the floor and 53.8 percent from long range to take the win from New Mexico. Senior Amanda Best and freshman Jasmine Patterson each had 12 points to lead the Lobos in scoring against Wyoming. Junior Porche Torrance and Best grabbed seven rebounds each during the game to lead the Lobos on the boards. Patterson also led the team with three assists and three steals on Saturday. New Mexico's bench did outscore Wyoming's bench, 16-2 and the Lobos outrebounded the Cowgirls 35-31.

New Mexico beat Air Force, 64-59 to get its second conference win of the season on Feb. 2. The Lobos shot a season-high 52.2 percent on the floor against the Falcons. New Mexico also shot 40 percent from long range and 80 percent from the free-throw line. Senior Amanda Best led the team with 15 points, nine rebounds, and a career-high eight assists. The Lobos had three more players score in double figures: senior Jessica Kielpinski (13) and juniors Lauren Taylor (11) and Porche Torrance (10).

The Lobos had two players named to the 2010-11 Capital One First-Team Academic All-District VI Team on Feb. 3. Senior Amanda Best and junior Lauren Taylor were both named to the First-Team Academic All-District Team for their perfect 4.0 GPAs and their performance on the court. Best leads the team in both scoring, rebounding and assists, with 10.2 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 2.7 assists a game. Taylor is averaging 9.1 points a game and is shooting 86.3 percent from the free-throw line to put her 24th in the Nation. Taylor also ranks third all-time in career free throw-percentage at 82 percent.

This is the first time the women's basketball team has had two players named to the Academic All-District Team in a single season. New Mexico was also the only school in District VI to have two players named to the First-Team.

New Mexico's game on Tuesday will be the fifth game this season that will be broadcast on television. The Lobos are 1-3 this season when their games are broadcast on television. The Lobos beat Rio Grande Rival New Mexico State, 58-49 on Dec. 1 in Las Cruces. The Aggie game was televised live on Aggie Vision. New Mexico was beaten by Arizona, 84-60 on Dec. 7 in The Pit, with that game being televised live on The Mtn. Network. The Lobos fell to Wyoming, 63-53 on Jan. 8. In its most recent television game, New Mexico fell to San Diego State, 56-53 on Jan. 15.