Nov. 13, 2005
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The New Mexico women's basketball team extended its home win streak to 16 as they cruised to a 55-46 win over California Sunday night in the second round of the WNIT.
Senior Abbie Letz and junior Katie Montgomery both nailed two consecutive three-pointers to put the Lobos up by 10 with 11:52 remaining in the first. Junior Timi E-Nunu sank a free throw 30 seconds later to give New Mexico it's biggest lead of the half at 15-4.
The tight Lobo defense held the Bears scoreless for just over six minutes before Devanei Hampton finally netted a free throw with 10:52 left in the half. Hampton scored nine consecutive points for Cal to bring them within eight but two buckets by senior Jana Francis and freshman Angela Hartill put the lead back at 11, sending the teams into the half at 30-19.
Cal's Ashley Walker scored six of the team's first eight points to open the second half, cutting the deficit to six (33-27). But New Mexico's defense thrived, shutting down the Bears as they went on a 11-2 run capped by a three from senior Abbie Letz and a lay-up from Francis.
Francis scored the next two baskets for New Mexico, including her first three of the season. Her points gave the Lobos their biggest lead of the game (16 points) at 49-33. Walker again brought the Bears back, scoring seven points on a 9-0 Cal run. With the Lobos up by just six, Montgomery layed in a basket with 1:20 left to put UNM back up by nine. Senior Judy Vogt converted two free throws to put the game out of reach at 53-42 with 42 seconds remaining.
Letz recorded her first double-double of the season, grabbing a career-high 11 rebounds to accompany her 11 points. Francis and Montgomery tied Letz for the team-high in points with 11. Francis was just one away from tying her career high in rebounds, bringing down seven. Montgomery just missed tying her career high for assists, dishing out six to lead the Lobos.
Walker scored all 17 of her points in the second half to lead California, which was all but 10 of Cal's second-half points. Renee Wright led the Bears in rebounds with eight while Sarah Pool topped the team in assists with five.
New Mexico (2-0) returns to the court on Wednesday at 7 p.m., hosting Oklahoma in the semifinals of the WNIT.