Dec. 30, 2007
A late second-half surge by New Mexico was not enough to catch UTEP, as the Lobos lost, 57-53, in the Don Haskins Center on Sunday afternoon. The Lobos dropped to 8-5 overall in their last non-conference game of the 2007-08 season.
Junior Angela Hartill led the Lobos in scoring with a career-high 13 points from her post position. Seniors Brandi Kimble and Dionne Marsh contributed with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Kimble just missed her second double-double of the season with nine rebounds. Sophomore Amy Beggin led the team in rebounding with a career-high 10 boards.
The majority of Kimble's points, eight of her 11, came in the final minute of the game as she hit two three-pointers and two free throws to cut the UTEP lead from 56-45 to the final 57-53. The 11-point UTEP lead was the largest of the game with the Miners taking the lead early in the first half and never giving it up.
With rebounding and turnovers relatively even between the two teams, it was poor shooting from the field by the guards that did in the Lobos. Post players Hartill, Marsh, Kielpinski and Kast were a combined 12 of 25 from the field while the remainder of the team was 5 of 39.
Freshman Amanda Best submitted one of her best performances of the season with five points, three rebounds, and three assists in 15 minutes of action. Best was a career-high 3 of 4 from the free throw line.
Marsh reached a new career milestone with 2:04 left in the first half when she grabbed her second rebound of the game and 608th of her career. The rebound moved her into sole possession of 10th place on the New Mexico career rebounds list. With her six boards in the game Marsh now has 612 career boards.
New Mexico will have a nine-day break between games as they prepare for the 2007-08 Mountain West Conference opener against nationally-ranked Wyoming on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 8 p.m. in The Pit. The game will be televised on CSTV.