Lobos Beat Western Michigan in Season Opener, 85-62
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  11/09/2007
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Nov. 9, 2007

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - New Mexico junior Brandi Kimble recorded a career-high double-double Friday night to lead the Lobos past the Western Michigan Broncos 85-62 in the second game of the Women's Foundation Challenge. UNM improved 10-3 in season openers and 12-1 inside The Pit under head coach Don Flanagan. The Lobos move to 1-0 on the year while the Broncos fall to 0-1.

Kimble had a career night as she broke two career bests by netting 22-points and grabbing 20 rebounds. In 2005, she scored 19-points against Texas in The Pit. In 2006, she grabbed 14 rebounds against TCU once again in the friendly confines of The Pit.

Sophomore Amy Beggin would play a lot bigger than her 5-6 frame and also had a career night dropping in five baskets from behind the arc. Beggin finished the first half with a sensational drive that lead to a buzzer beating lay up to take the Lobos in to the locker room up 38-31 at the half. She finished with 19 points, also new career high and six assists.

New Mexico took the lead half way through the first half and never looked back. In the second half the Lobo lead would never be less than nine points and would grow to as much as 23-points as the final second ticked away.

A stingy Lobo defense shut out the Bronco offense for the final two minutes of the second half.

All American candidate Dionne Marsh had another stellar performance with 20-points and five rebounds. Marsh was a force on defense as well blocking three shots and causing several Bronco turnovers.

The Lobos took advantage of their own misfortunes by converting on 24-second chance points. The Lobos also took advantage of the Broncos misfortunes scoring 15-points off of turnovers.

Leading the way for Western Michigan was Molly Dwyer, Sara Vest, Tiera Delahoussaye all with 10 points

The Lobos will be back in action in the late game tomorrow night as they take on the Dayton Flyers at 8 p.m. in The Pit.