Dec. 2, 2006
Senior Julie Briody scored a career-high 23 points to lead New Mexico to a convincing 81-47 victory over New Mexico State in front of 11,327 fans at The Pit. The Lobos improved to 5-2 and they have won four in a row. New Mexico State falls to 2-5.
The Lobos never trailed as they beat New Mexico State for the 21st consecutive time.
Briody, who came in averaging just over 15 points, scored 18 in the first half. She surpassed her previous high of 20 points with a 3-pointer at the 16:41 mark of the second half. Briody was 6 of 10 from the field, 8 of 9 from the line and she also collected six rebounds.
UNM scored the first eight points of the game, but the Aggies trimmed the margin to 10-9. However, it was all Lobos after that as they established a season-high for scoring.
UNM has won its past three games by an average of 31.3 points.
After missing six of their first eight shots from the floor, New Mexico connected on 10 of its next 16 as the lead grew from a single point to 38-14 following a pair of free throws by Dionne Marsh. Briody had 11 points in that 12-minute stretch while teammate Katie Montgomery made all three of her 3-point attempts.
New Mexico led 47-23 at halftime, its highest scoring half of the season.
Marsh finished with 17 points while Montgomery added 14, and she looked like her old self from 3-point range. The nation's second most accurate 3-point shooter a year ago at almost 48%, Montgomery came into the game converting just 30% of her tries from beyond the arc. She hit her first three tonight and ended 4 of 6.
UNM had one of its best shooting games of the season, nailing 8 of 16 shots from 3-point, the best accuracy of the season.
The Lobos are right back at it Tuesday when they meet Arizona in Tucson. Game time is 7 p.m.