Women's Basketball Hosts Basketball Travelers Tip-Off Tournament This Weekend
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  11/12/2008
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

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Nov. 12, 2008

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico women's basketball opens the 2008-09 season this weekend with the Basketball Travelers Tip-Off Tournament held inside The Pit. The Lobos will host the three-day event that includes Alcorn State, Idaho State and DePaul. Games will be played at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. MT Saturday and Sunday. Monday's schedule includes a 4 p.m. tip and a 7 p.m. televised game between New Mexico and DePaul. UNM games will be available on 610 AM The Sports Animal and through all-access on www.GoLobos.com.

WHEN: Nov. 15-17
WHERE: The Pit, Albuquerque, N.M.
WHAT: Basketball Travelers Tip-Off Tournament

Tournament Schedule
Saturday, November 15
5 p.m. - DePaul vs. Idaho State
7 p.m. - Alcorn State vs. New Mexico

Sunday, November 16
5 p.m. - Alcorn State vs. DePaul
7 p.m. - Idaho State vs. New Mexico

Monday, November 17
4 p.m. - Idaho State vs. Alcorn State
7 p.m. - DePaul vs. New Mexico (The Mtn.)

Radio - 610 AM The Sports Animal
All-Access Streaming & Gametracker - www.GoLobos.com

LOBO QUICKIES - New Mexico returns three starters from last years squad that went 20-13 and made its seventh consecutive NCAA appearance. The Lobos reached the 20-win mark last year for the eighth straight season and for the 10th time in 11 seasons.

Junior Amy Beggin returns after a stellar sophomore campaign. Beggin is the only All-Mountain West selection back after averaging 10.9 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. She played 40 or more minutes 17 times.

Don Flanagan enters his 14th season at New Mexico and has a 283-126 (.692) overall record. He has guided UNM to eight NCAA Tournaments and three WNIT appearances.

Lobo women's basketball has won five of the last six MWC Tournament Championships.

New Mexico is 198-79 (.714) inside The Pit since the program was reinstated. The Lobos have ranked in the Top 10 nationally in home attendance for 10 consecutive seasons. Last year, UNM ranked sixth with just over 8,600 fans per game.

UNM has installed a new offense for the 2008-09 season called the Dribble-Drive Motion. Head coach Don Flanagan is going with the attack and shoot. The attack-and-shoot summation is a bit simplified, but it is the core of this hoop philosophy. You look for the fast break. You spread the floor, positioning your shooters in key areas. You get your athletes to attack the defense on the dribble. If the dribbler can get to the basket and make a layup or get fouled: fine. If not, they look for open shooters, or cutters, when the defense collapses.

SEASON OPENERS - New Mexico is 19-11 all-time in season openers and have won the last five. The Lobos beat Western Michigan, 85-62, last year inside The Pit. UNM is 10-3 in season openers under head coach Don Flanagan and 12-6 all-time in home openers.

TOURNAMENT CENTRAL - UNM will provide complete coverage of the Basketball Travelers Tip-Off Tournament held inside The Pit from Nov. 15-17. www.GoLobos.com will host the tournament central page that will included gametracker links and a links to all-access video. Every game can be seen live through all-access with audio for the New Mexico games.

LOBO RADIO NETWORK - Every New Mexico women's basketball game will be broadcast on the Lobo Radio Network. Joe Behrend will provide the play-by-play while former Lobo Nikki Heckroth-Lobato will handle the color commentary. Visit www.GoLobos.com to listen to all the exciting action.

FIRST MEETINGS - UNM will face three new opponents this weekend during the Basketball Travelers Tip-Off Tournament held inside The Pit. The Lobos open the season Saturday against Alcorn State at 7 p.m. before facing Idaho State on Sunday and DePaul Monday live on the Mountain West Sports Network at 7 p.m.

SCOUTING THE LADY BRAVES - Alcorn State enters the 2008-09 season under the direction of first-year head coach Tonya Edwards. Edwards takes over a program that went 12-18 last year and finished seventh in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. The Lady Braves return two starters and three letterwinners. Saturday will be the first meeting between UNM and ASU.

EDWARDS TAKES OVER ASU - Alcorn State hired former University of Tennessee player Tonya Edwards as its women's basketball coach on July 1. Edwards takes over the ASU program after spending the past two seasons as an assistant at Detroit-Mercy. Edwards won national championships with the Lady Vols in 1987 and `89 and scored 1,309 points in her career. She also played in the WNBA.

ALCORN STATE OVERVIEW - ASU defeated Henderson State, 70-62, during preseason action and was led by Corneshia Hollis and Brittany Myatt who had 13 points each. Maria Marshall pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds and had 3 blocks. The Lady Braves played Tougaloo College Monday night and will open the season Saturday against the Lobos.

ASU OPENS SEASON WITH YOUNG ROSTER - Alcorn State enters the 2008-09 season with a young roster and a new coaching staff. The Lady Braves have nine underclassmen and only four upperclassmen. ASU has six true-freshmen on the roster. Senior Corneshia Hollis is the top returning scorer from last season after she averaged 8.9 points and 3.4 rebounds per game.

LADY BRAVES HISTORY - Alcorn State has made three NCAA Tournament appearances since 2000 including a trip in 2005 when they were 21-9. The Lady Braves have had a winning season in two of the last four years and captured their first Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) title in 2005 since ASU accomplished the feat in 2001. Alcorn State qualified for the NCAA in 2005 and made back-to-back appearances in 2000 and 2001.

NEXT OPPONENT - IDAHO STATE BENGALS - Idaho State opens the 2008-09 season against DePaul Friday night and won its only exhibition game against Concordia, 71-43. True freshman Sheila Adams recorded a game-high 16 points for the Bengals off the bench. ISU had four players score in double-figures. The Bengals however battled Utah in a scrimmage and lost 101-50 to the Utes.

IDAHO STATE UNDER NEW STAFF - Idaho State enters the year with a new coaching staff. Seton Sobolewski was hired during the offseason and will inherit a Bengal program that went 20-10 last year and had their third consecutive winning season. ISU made its third WNIT appearance last season and won the Big Sky Championship in 2006-07.

AGAINST THE CONFERENCES - New Mexico will take on Alcorn State Friday night in the opening round of the Basketball Travelers Tip-Off Tournament. UNM is 4-0 all-time against school from the Southwestern Athletic Conference but have never played the Lady Braves. The Lobos are 29-11 against the Big Sky and 1-4 against the Big East. The last matchup between UNM and the Big East was last season during the NCAA Tournament. The Lobos dropped a 61-60 battle to West Virgina inside The Pit during the NCAA first round.

DEPAUL OVERVIEW - The Blue Demons are 2-0 in exhibition action with victories over Chicago (107-51) and Saint Xavier (87-61). DePaul is coming off a 20-12 season and its sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. The Blue Demons have made 13 NCAA appearance in school history under head coach Doug Bruno who is in his 23rd season. DePaul has three seniors on the roster this season and seven upperclassmen. The Blue Demons are led by junior Deirdre Naughton who averaged 15.1 points and 4.6 rebounds per game last year. Natasha Williams also returns and was the team's third leading scorer a year ago. Williams averaged 10 points and 6.5 rebounds per contest. DePaul was 9-3 on the road last year and 8-8 in the Big East tying for eighth in the standings.

MOUNTAIN WEST SPORTS NETWORK - The Lobos will battle DePaul Monday on national television starting at 7 p.m. MT. The game will be broadcast on the Mountain West Sports Network and is one of nine New Mexico games televised this season. Both teams are coming off NCAA Tournament appearances.

EXHIBITION ACTION - New Mexico went 2-0 in exhibition action with victories over the Melbourne Roos (83-41) and Alaska-Anchorage (60-49). The Lobos improved their exhibition record to 23-4 under Don Flanagan. UNM had three players average double-figures in senior Angela Hartill (14.5), junior Amy Beggin (13.5) and freshman Sara Halasz (11.0).

NEW VIDEOBOARDS ON DISPLAY THIS WEEKEND - Lobo fans will get a glimpse of a new videoboard for this weekend's men's and women's games. Texas Star will install and operate a display videoboard in the southwest corner (Section 16) of the mezzanine level for the Friday men's game and Saturday's women's game. The board will have a 10mm pixel pitch with a height of 10' and a width of 17.6', similar dimensions to the one that Texas Star is proposing for each end of the renovated Pit. Not all of the graphics and camera angles will be available.

TORRANCE SUFFERS SEASON-ENDING INJURY - New Mexico sophomore forward Porche Torrance will miss the 2008-09 basketball season due to a knee injury suffered at practice Wednesday, Nov. 5. Torrance, who played in the first exhibition game of the year, tore her right ACL and will undergo surgery. The 6-foot-1, Torrance, played in 30 games as a freshman and was expected to contribute this year. The Grapevine, Texas, native averaged 1.5 rebounds per game and 0.9 points per game last season.

ANSLEY LEAVES PROGRAM - New Mexico sophomore center Kelsey Ansley has left the program for personal reasons. Ansley who competed in both exhibition games has left the team. Last year, Ansley averaged 1.5 points and 1.1 rebounds per game.

MWC PRESEASON POLL - The Lobos were picked fourth in the Mountain West Conference preseason poll released on Tuesday, Oct. 14 by the league office. UNM is projected where they finished the 2007-08 year. Utah is expected to win the conference while San Diego State was picked second. TCU was picked third ahead of New Mexico and BYU who was ranked fifth. Wyoming, UNLV, Colorado State and Air Force round out the nine team league. The Lobos did not have a player selected to the preseason all-conference team.

BACK FOR MORE - New Mexico returns three starters from last year's squad that went 20-13 overall and made its seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament. The Lobos have 10 letterwinners back including all-conference performer Amy Beggin. Beggin averaged 10.9 points last year and started every game. This season, UNM expects to use a steady rotation of players to make up for the loss of two talented seniors from a year ago.

FLANAGAN'S SUCCESS - Lobo head coach Don Flanagan is the winningest coach in New Mexico basketball history. Flanagan is entering his 14th season and has an overall record of 283-126 (.692). He has guided UNM onto the national scene and has led UNM to eight NCAA Tournaments. During his tenure, Flanagan has captured five Mountain West Conference Tournament Championships, three regular season titles and made 11 consecutive postseason appearances. The Lobos are one of 13 program's nationally to make the last seven NCAA Tournaments and continue to rank in the Top 10 nationally in home attendance.