March 27, 2009
What: Lobos vs. Kansas -- WNIT
When/Where: 7 p.m. Monday, Santa Ana Star Center
Radio: 610-AM The Sports Animal
Online: GameTracker, live video on GoLobos.com
Friday: Lobos 61, Oregon State 56.
Freshman Sara Halasz came off the bench to score a career-high 17 points, helping New Mexico (25-10) to a gritty 61-56 victory over Oregon State (20-12) in the third round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament. A raucous crowd of 4,759 was on hand at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, N.M.
The Lobos advance to the WNIT quarterfinals on Monday where they will take on Kansas at 7 p.m. at the Santa Ana Star Center.
Halasz, who was scoreless and missed all eight of her shots in Wednesday's win over Nebraska, established the career-high in her first 10 minutes of action tonight. She scored 14 of the Lobos' first 23 points, most of those coming on backdoor layups. She also added six rebounds.
Tied 29-all at halftime in an extremely physical game, Oregon State maintained a slim lead for most of the second half.
UNM finally tied the game at 43 on a 3-pointer by senior Angela Hartill. After an OSU miss, freshman Lauren Taylor nailed a baseline 3 that gave the Lobos their first lead of the second half at 46-43.
New Mexico increased its advantage to 54-48 on a bucket by sophomore Amanda Best with 2:07 remaining.
The Beavers kept scratching and cut the deficit to 55-53 on a pair of free throws with 43.3 seconds left.
Best scored on a layin with 26 seconds to go and Hartill and Beggin each knocked down two free throws in the final seconds to send UNM to Monday's quarterfinal.
Hartill finished with 15 points and a team-high 8 rebounds. Beggin scored 11 of her 13 points in the second half.
Brittney Davis led Oregon State with 19 points.
- New Mexico is 7-1 in its last eight WNIT games
- Junior Georonika Jackson made her first career start
- Led by Halasz's 14 points, the UNM bench tallied 19 of the team's 29 points in the first half...the Lobo reserves held a 25-6 scoring advantage
- Monday's game against Kansas will be the Lobos' 36th of the season, a school record
- Junior guard Amy Beggin has played a school-record 1,266 minutes this season...she has 538 points in 2008-09, the second-best total in school history...Beggin also moved into 12th place all-time at UNM with 1,048 points