Lobo Women's Basketball Hosts Air Force Wednesday Night
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/18/2008
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

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Feb. 18, 2008

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- New Mexico women's basketball hosts Air Force Wednesday night for its annual Cherry Crush event inside The Pit. Lobo fans are encouraged to wear red and pack the arena for the 7 p.m. tipoff. UNM is 13-10 overall and 5-6 in the Mountain West Conference. The Falcons enter the contest with a 8-15 overall record and are 2-9 in league play. The game will be broadcast live on 610 AM The Sports Animal with Joe Behrend calling the action.

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Game #25 • vs. Air Force

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Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008 • 7 p.m.

The Pit/Bob King Court • Albuquerque, N.M.

Live Stats, Audio and Video: www.GoLobos.com, All-Access

Radio: 610 AM (The Sports Animal) - Joe Behrend and Hazel Tull-Leach will call the action.

Against Air Force: This will be just the 24th meeting between UNM and Air Force. The Lobos hold a 22-1 lead in the series. UNM is on a 22-game winning streak against the Falcons. The Lobos beat Air Force, 75-45, in Colorado Springs on Jan. 19.

Up Next: The Lobos will host nationally-ranked Utah on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 1 p.m. in The Pit.


• Crowd Factor ... Lobo women's basketball crowds at The Pit have ranked in the NCAA Top Five in average attendance for the past seven years. The Lobos cracked the 8,000 average mark following the Dec. 18 crowd of 8,711 against Stanford. UNM is averaging 8,420 fans in 15 home games of the season. The largest crowd at The Pit this season was 11,942 against UNLV on Feb. 2 for Pack The Pit.

• Cherry Crush At The Pit ... Back by popular demand, Cherry Crush Night at The Pit will be Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. when the Lobos host Air Force. The UNM Bookstore has SOLD OUT of the popular Cherry Crush t-shirts that accompany a free ticket to Wednesday's game against Air Force. Fans are encouraged to fill The Pit in Cherry Crush red.

Last Time Out - at TCU - L, 51-59 (ot) ... Senior Brandi Kimble recorded the fourth double-double of her career with 16 points and 11 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as the Lobos lost in overtime to TCU in Fort Worth, 59-51. The Lobos got off to an exciting 11-0 start against the Lady Frogs, but by halftime TCU had cut the UNM lead to six, 24-18. TCU came out of the intermission with a 12-0 run to take possession of the lead and build to 30-24. The Lobos went on a short 7-0 run, capped by an Amy Beggin jumper to give UNM the lead, 33-32, with 11:17 left in regulation. The teams continued to battle with TCU sending the game into an extra period on a Lorie Butler-Rayford layup, 46-46, with 1:02 left. Butler-Rayford quickly put TCU ahead in overtime with four straight points, 50-46, as the Lady Frogs held on for the win. Before fouling out in overtime, Marsh scored 14 points and was 7 of 11 from the field. Coming off the bench, Jessica Kielpinski recorded a career-high 10 rebounds.

About Air Force (9-15, 2-9) ... The Falcons picked up their second conference win of the season last week against UNLV, ending a four-game losing streak. Senior Alecia leads the team with 12.6 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.

No. 400 For Flanagan ... Don Flanagan coached his 400th collegiate game on Sunday, Feb. 17, at TCU. Already the winningest basketball coach in New Mexico history, Don Flanagan earned his 275th collegiate win on Feb. 6 at Colorado State, 74-47.

Marsh's Mark ... Dionne Marsh recorded the 12th double-double of her career on Feb. 13 against San Diego State with 15 points and 11 rebounds, her second double-double of the season.

Marsh is one of 12 Lobos who is a member of the 1,000-point/500-rebound club. Marsh has the opportunity to become the Lobos' all-time leading scorer and one of the top rebounders in program history.

On the scoring side of the box, Marsh needs 54 points to move into second past Jordan Adams (1999-2003) and 92 to take the lead from Abby Garchek (1993-97) on the Lobo all-time career scoring list.

The senior from Flower Mound, Texas, moved into eighth place on the UNM all-time rebound list with 11 on Feb. 13 against SDSU. Marsh needs 6 rebounds to move into seventh place.

Hosting, Again ... The Pit will be the site of the NCAA Women's Basketball First and Second Rounds in 2008, 2009, and 2010. The dates in 2008 are March 22 and 24. The NCAA women's basketball staff was on site Tuesday, Dec. 18, for UNM's dress rehearsal game. Every host site of an NCAA basketball round must host the staff for one game during the season leading up to the hosting round. For more information about the tournament, including ticket sales, go to golobos.com.

THINK PINK x 3 ... The Lobos were involved in three THINK PINK games over an eight-day span - at Wyoming (Feb. 10), vs. San Diego State (Feb. 13), and at TCU (Feb. 17). Over 700 schools across the nation joined in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association campaign for breast cancer awareness. For each game Lobo players wore pink warm-up tops, shoelaces, headbands and wristbands, while the coaching staff wore pink shirts or ties. Even MWC officials got into the spirit with hot pink whistles.

• 2008, 2009, and 2010 ... The NCAA announced last week that Albuquerque and UNM have picked up a third consecutive year of hosting the NCAA Women's Basketball First and Second Rounds in 2010.