Nov. 28, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - New Mexico women's basketball opened the Holiday Inn and Suites Express Midtown Thanksgiving Tournament with a 68-51 victory of William and Mary Friday night inside The Pit. Junior Amy Beggin highlighted the Lobos' round-one victory with a season-high 20 points. UNM hit a season-high 10 3-pointers against the Tribe while improving to 5-1 on the season. William and Mary dropped to 3-2 with the loss.
The Lobos advanced to the championship game Saturday to face the undefeated Nebraska Cornhuskers (5-0) at 7 p.m.
New Mexico finished the game shooting 35.1 percent and had its largest lead of 20 at the 15:51 point in the second half. With the win, the Lobos remain undefeated inside The Pit at 5-0 this season.
Beggin reached double figures for the sixth consecutive time and leads the team in scoring with 15.0 points per game. The Maplewood, Minn., native was 7-of-19 from the field and hit five 3-pointers.
Despite only shooting 32.5 percent from the field in the first half, UNM closed the period on a 12-0 run. The Lobos extended their lead to 34-21 heading into the locker room.
Freshman Lauren Taylor, who was listed as day-to-day with an ankle injury heading into the tournament, highlighted the end of the first half with back-to-back 3-pointers. The final shot of the opening half was a half-court buzzer beater from Taylor that left the fans cheering at intermission. Taylor finished with 10 points and 4 rebounds.
UNM jumped out to a big second half lead before William and Mary mounted a small comeback. The Lobos hit four 3-pointers in the second period including three by Beggin. New Mexico scored 34 points in both halves to finish with 68.
Sophomore Jessica Kielpinski pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds and helped UNM outrebound the Tribe, 51-to-38.
William and Mary had two players score in double figures and was led by Tiffany Benson. Benson scored 11 points while Dani Kell chipped in 10 for the Tribe.
The Lobos will take on Nebraska Saturday in the championship game scheduled for 7 p.m. MT. Butler and William and Mary will play in the consolation game at 5 p.m. MT. Gametracker, live video and Lobo radio are available on www.GoLobos.com.