Feb. 14, 2004
Albuquerque -- Junior guard Mandi Moore came within one assist of a triple-double to lead New Mexico to a resounding 79-31 victory over Air Force in front of 11,684 fans at The Pit. The Lobos are now 14-7 overall, 6-2 in MWC action. New Mexico has won four of its last five and remains in second place in the conference. Air Force is 3-18, 0-8 in the league. The Falcons have lost 12 in a row.
Moore logged a career-high-tying 20 points, making 8 of 10 shots from the floor, including 4 of 6 from 3-point range. She added a career-best 11 rebounds, a season-high nine assists and four steals in 35 minutes of action. Freshman guard Fatima Maddox added 12 points while senior post Melissa Forest chipped in with 11.
All 13 Lobos played at least seven minutes with nine getting 10 minutes or more. Eleven players got in the scoring column.
"Mandi just played a great game," said head coach Don Flanagan. "We had a play set up for her 10th assist, but we made a bad pass. Mandi made pinpoint passes that set up a lot of easy shots for her teammates."
New Mexico used an improbable 39-1 run midway through the game to win in easy fashion. Trailing 12-10, the Lobos' finished the first half with a 24-1 burst for a 34-13 halftime lead. UNM then scored the first 15 points of the second half to make it a 49-13 advantage. The Falcons went more than 17 minutes without a field goal during the New Mexico spurt.
The Lobos had their best shooting game of the season, making 56% (33-59) from the field, including 46% (11-24) accuracy from beyond the arc. Both are season-highs. The Falcons were held to 21% (115-52) shooting.
New Mexico remains at home next week, hosting league-leading Utah Thursday and BYU on Saturday. Both games start at 7:05 p.m. and plenty of tickets remain for both. The Utah contest will be televised nationally over the College Sports Network, which is Channel 610 on DirecTV.