Jan. 20, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico sophomore Sara Halasz recorded her first career double-double Wednesday as the Lobos defeated Air Force 62-42 in The Pit. Halasz finished the game with 14 points and a career-high 11 rebounds to highlight the victory. New Mexico improved to 11-6 overall and 3-2 in Mountain West Conference action. The Falcons slipped to 3-14 on the year and 0-4 in league play. Wednesday marked the 27th consecutive win for the Lobos over Air Force.
New Mexico jumped out to an early 14-0 lead and never looked back. The Lobo defense held the Falcons to 29.2 percent shooting in the game and didn't allow a basket in the first half until the 12:26 mark. Halasz had 12 of her 14 points in the opening half and helped UNM take a 33-12 advantage into the locker room.
The second half proved to be more of a battle as New Mexico lost its intensity. Air Force outscored the Lobos 30-29 in the final 20 minutes but could not overcome the its first half struggles.
Halasz led all scorers and reached double figures for the eighth time. Halasz has had back-to-back double figure games. Junior Jessica Kielpinski added 10 points and nine rebounds for the Lobos. UNM shot 42.2 percent from the field but only hit 3-of-21 3-pointers in the contest.
The Lobos outrebounded the Falcons, 48-30 and outscored Air Force 42-18 in the paint.
Dymond James was the only Air Force player to hit double digits with 10 points.
New Mexico returns to action Saturday at Colorado State. The game in Fort Collins is set for 2 p.m. MT in Moby Arena. For more information visit GoLobos.com.