Feb. 25, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The New Mexico women's basketball team will host BYU Saturday in a key Mountain West Conference showdown in The Pit. The Lobos will honor four seniors Saturday in Amy Beggin, Eileen Weissmann, Valerie Kast and Georonika Jackson as they play their final home game. New Mexico is 16-10 overall and 8-6 in the MWC. BYU ranks second in the league standings at 9-4 and enters the game with an 18-7 overall record.
The game will be broadcast live on CBS College Sports with Anne Marie Anderson providing the play-by-play and Brenda VanLengan doing color. The radio broadcast can be heard on 610 AM The Sports Animal with GameTracker and Live Video on GoLobos.com.
CBS CS can be seen in the Albuquerque area on Comcast channel 276, DirecTV channel 613 and Dish Network 152.
Saturday is Senior Day at New Mexico. The Lobos, who will celebrate the careers of four talented ladies after the game, are 10-6 at home this season and are coming off a 65-50 win over Colorado State. UNM is 4-3 in The Pit during conference play.
UNM will also auction off its Pink Zone uniforms Saturday throughout the concourse. The proceeds will go to the WBCA Kay Yow Foundation.
New Mexico has won five straight against BYU and won the last meeting in The Pit on Feb. 17, 2009. The Lobos defeated BYU 52-37 in the last meeting inside The Pit. UNM beat the Cougars 60-57 on the road earlier this year. However, BYU currently leads the all-time series 36-28 but New Mexico holds a 17-12 advantage at home. Don Flanagan is 22-11 all-time against BYU.
Two great coaches will battle on the hardwood Saturday. Jeff Judkins leads BYU into The Pit and is in his eighth year in Provo. Judkins has guided BYU to four NCAA appearances. Don Flanagan is in his 15th year at New Mexico and is 324-147 overall. Flanagan has taken UNM to 12 consecutive postseason tournaments.
This senior class has made four straight postseason appearances and they have all played their entire careers at UNM. Amy Beggin is the most honored of the four but all have contributed. Their impact has been felt on the court but also in the character of this program.
Beggin has had a tremendous career and ranks in the top 10 at New Mexico in eight major catagories. Beggin has led New Mexico in scoring back-to-back years as a junior and senior. Beggin has scored 1,370 points during her Lobo career and ranks seventh all-time. Her 406 field goals ranks eighth. She has made 208 3-pointers ranking second all-time and her 36.9 3-point field goal percentage is third in UNM history. Beggin has made 350 free throws (5th), recorded 416 assists (4th), logged 183 steals (4th) and played 4,023 minutes (3rd).
Kast leaves UNM with 81 blocks which ranks fifth all-time. Kast has 19 blocks heading into Senior Day.
Beggin leads New Mexico in scoring this season with 13.6 points per game. She came off the bench to score 16 points against Colorado State Wednesday. Beggin is expected to return to the starting lineup Saturday for BYU. Beggin leads New Mexico with 55 3-pointers, 84 assists and 312 points scored.
The Lobos have won consecutive games heading into Saturday. UNM beat CSU in The Pit Wednesday, 65-50, behind Beggin's 16 points. Weissmann had 14 points against the Rams while junior Amanda Best added 11. Junior Jessica Kielpinski had a career-high six steals in the CSU game.
BYU has won four of its last five games. The Cougars are 8-5 on the road and lost at San Diego State in their last outing. BYU fell at SDSU 73-71 despite having four players reach double figures. Mindy Bonham led BYU in scoring against the Aztecs with 19 points. Coriann Wood had 18 points of the bench for the Cougars.
BYU has three players averaging double figures this season. Bonham is the teams leading scorer with 11.6 points per game. Wood is coming off the bench and is second on the team with 10.5 points per contest. Jazmine Foreman is adding 10.2 points per game.
The Cougars are shooting 43.6 percent from the field and average 7.1 3-pointers per game.
New Mexico will close out the regular-season Tuesday at TCU. The Lobos will battle the Lady Frogs live on the MountainWest Sports Network starting at 5 p.m. MT.