Jan. 1, 2004
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico women's basketball team will open the new year with a tough road test against No. 3 Texas. The Lobos are coming off an impressive road win over interstate rival New Mexico State on Tuesday and are now 7-4 on the season. The Longhorns are currently 11-1 and are coming off a win at then No. 2 Tennessee. Tip-off is set for 11:30 AM (MST) at the Frank Erwin Center and will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest.
SCOUTING THE LOBOS: The Lobos are coming off their first road win of the season at New Mexico State. UNM is currently 7-4 with losses to Villanova, South Carolina, San Francisco and Arizona and wins over Southern Cal, Cal State Fullerton, Youngstown State, Texas Southern, Tennessee State and New Mexico State. The Lobos are led in scoring and rebounding by junior forward Lindsey Arndt with 10.3 ppg and 8.1 rpg. Following Arndt is senior Melissa Forest and junior Mandi Moore with 8.9 and 8.1 ppg, respectively. Leading UNM in assists is Moore with 3.4 apg.
SCOUTING THE LONGHORNS: Texas is currently ranked No. 3 in the country in both polls with a record of 11-1. The Longhorns are coming off an upset win of then No. 2 Tennessee in Knoxville. Texas has recorded wins this season over Duke, North Carolina State, UCLA, Virginia, Montana, Texas State, North Texas, Texas Pan-American and Georgia with their only loss coming at Penn State. The Longhorns are led in scoring by Heather Schreiber at 14.1 ppg. Joining Schreiber in double figures is Jamie Carey (12.3), Tiffany Jackson (11.6) and Kala Bowers (10.2). Jackson leads the Longhorns in rebounds with 8.0 rpg and Nina Norman leads them in assists at 4.0 apg.
THE COACHES: UNM is led by head coach Don Flanagan in his ninth season at New Mexico. Flanagan is 175-85 at UNM. Texas is led by Jody Conradt in her 28th season at UT and 35th overall. Conradt is 711-203 at Texas and 828-265 overall.
THE SERIES: New Mexico and Texas will be meeting for the third time in the last three seasons. The two teams have split the first two games with each team winning at home. The Lobos won last season 77-70 and the Longhorns won two years ago 71-58.