Women's Basketball faces Texas Tech Saturday in Lubbock
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  12/03/2009
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Dec. 3, 2009

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The New Mexico women's basketball team will battle Texas Tech Saturday in Lubbock, Texas at 1 p.m. MT. The Lobos (5-2) and Red Raiders (6-1) will meet for the 13th time in school history and the game will be played inside the United Spirit Arena. The game can be heard live on 610 AM The Sports Animal with live video and gametracker on GoLobos.com.

Saturday will be the 13th meeting between Texas Tech and New Mexico. The Red Raiders have dominated the series 10-2 but UNM has won two of the last three games. New Mexico beat Texas Tech, 63-54, last year in The Pit. The regional rivalry dates back to the 1978 season when the Lobos lost to the Red Raiders, 64-53. Don Flanagan is 2-6 all-time against Texas Tech.

UNM is back on the winning track after being New Mexico State Wednesday. The Lobos are 5-2 and 1-0 on the road this season. Senior Amy Beggin leads the team in scoring with 15.4 points per game. Sophomores Lauren Taylor and Sara Halasz are the only two other Lobos averaging in double figures. Taylor is scoring 11.6 points per game while Halasz is averaging 11.1. Junior Amanda Best is the teams best rebounder with 5.3 boards per contest. Sophomore Porche Torrance is averaging 5.0 rebounds per game.

UNM is scoring 73.4 points per game and shooting 44.5 percent from the field. The Lobos are a 75.2 percent free throw shooting team.

New Mexico pulled out a 92-85 victory over New Mexico State Wednesday and improved to 5-2. The Lobos battled a much improved Aggies squad and beat the in-state rival for the fourth straight time. New Mexico scored 56 second-half points to pull out the win. Five Lobos reached double figures including 20 by sophomores Lauren Taylor and Sara Halasz. The 20-point performance was a career-high for Taylor.

The Lobos had great post play against New Mexico State. Starter Jessica Kielpinski played 26 minutes scoring four points and pulling down a team-high eight rebounds. Senior Valerie Kast came off the bench to score 12 points and grab six boards. Kast had two blocks and moved her career total to 70.

The Red Raiders are 6-1 on the year and undefeated at home (6-0). Texas Tech has won five straight home games including a 75-71 victory over Texas State Wednesday night. The Red Raiders only loss came to Tennessee on a neutral court in San Antonio. Kierra Mallard leads TTU in scoring with 16.1 points per game. Three Red Raiders are averaging in double figures. Along with Mallard, Ashlee Roberson is chipping in 11.1 points per game and Jordan Murphree is averaging 10.3. Texas Tech is getting good production from its entire team with eight players averaging around five points per game or better. TTU is shooting 44.7 percent from the field and scoring 74.7 points per game.

Texas Tech and New Mexico are two of the highest programs in national attendance. Both teams have hosted six games this year and have close attendance figures. The Lobos are averaging 6,930 fans per game while the Red Raiders are averaging 6,607. New Mexico was eighth nationally last year in attendance with 7,420 while Texas Tech was seventh (8,576).

Texas Tech is coming off a 75-71 victory over Texas State Wednesday. The Red Raiders had four players score in double figures including 25 points by Kierra Mallard. Mallard was 8-of-15 from the field and was 8-for-8 from the free throw line. Texas Tech had 16 steals against Texas State and scored 30 points of turnovers.