Dec. 9, 2005
New Mexico has advanced to the championship game of the Lobo Shootout in all 12 years of the tournament's existence and is 19-4 all-time in the tourney.
UNM improved to 6-1 at The Pit this season with the only loss coming against 22nd-ranked Oklahoma. The Lobos are 22-2 at home over the past two seasons.
The Lobos have won 5 of their last 6 games and have not lost back-to-back games since falling to South Carolina at home (Dec. 6) and San Francisco (Dec. 11) on the road during the 2003-04 season.
UNM jumped out to a 16-point halftime lead (40-24) against Louisiana-Monroe, its largest of the season. The Lobos' 40 first half points were also a season-high.
New Mexico had four players score in double figures for the second time this season (also at Texas). Junior guard Julie Briody matched a season-high with 10 points.
UNM sophomore forward Dionne Marsh had a season-high 3 blocks and tied her career-high with 3 steals. Marsh had just 4 blocks and 5 steals entering the night.
New Mexico's 82.4% free throw shooting (14-17) was its best since connecting on 88.9% (24-27) in the season-opener against Oral Roberts.
Louisiana-Monroe's 20 turnovers were the most by a UNM opponent since Oral Roberts committed 22 in the season-opener, however the Lady Indians' 8 three-pointers were also the most by a Lobo opponent this year.