Feb. 26, 2008
PROVO, Utah --- Dionne Marsh took over second place on the New Mexico women's basketball all-time scoring list with 16 points as the Lobos beat BYU tonight at the Marriott Center in Provo, Utah, 55-45. Marsh moved past Jordan Adams (1,798; 1999-2003) with 1,799 points and needs just 38 points to pass Abby Garchek as the Lobos' all-time leading scorer.
New Mexico (15-12, 7-7 MWC) battled the whole game, never allowing BYU to take more than a three-point lead through the first 28:26 minutes of play.
Marsh scored 10 points in the first half to keep the Lobos within 22-19 at the half. Senior Brandi Kimble started a 10-0 run with a three-pointer at the 11:34 mark to even the score at 33. Junior Angela Hartill gave the Lobos the lead for good with a three, 36-33.
Marsh picked up her final six points of the game on free throws, the first two capping the 10-0 run and giving the Lobos a 40-33 lead. Hartill hit another three, 43-35, to give UNM their biggest lead of the game.
BYU's Mallary Carling hit a jumper with 43 seconds left in the game to cut the Lobo lead to 47-43. The Lobos, who have struggled in close games during the season, outscored BYU 8-2 over the last 41 seconds, all free throws, for the 55-45 win. Amy Beggin hit four free throws to take a 51-43 lead, before Marsh hit four in the last 20 seconds of the game to move up the UNM career scoring chart.
"With the way we've played in close games, I was a lot nervous down the stretch," said Lobo head coach Don Flanagan. "We made some mistakes, but came back for the win. I'm happy for Dionne (Marsh). She has had a great career for us."
The Lobos will catch a break as they get a week off before they head to UNLV on Tuesday, March 4. Game time at Cox Pavilion is set for 9 p.m. (MST). The game will be telecast on CBS College Sports Network (formerly CSTV; Comcast Channel 274).