New Mexico Hosts San Diego State for "Think Pink" Night
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/14/2011
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 14, 2011

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The University of New Mexico women's basketball team hosts San Diego State at 6 p.m. on Tuesday for "Think Pink" night. The Lobo players will wear pink uniforms, courtesy of UNM Hospitals, to show their support for Breast Cancer. Fans wearing pink to the game are eligible to purchase $4 tickets. The first 4,500 fans to the game will also receive a Lobo Lucy bobble head doll courtesy of UNM Hospitals. The game against the Aztecs will also be broadcast live on The Mtn. Sports Network. The Mtn. can be seen on Comcast channel 276 and DirecTV channel 616. GameTracker will be provided for Tuesday's game on GoLobos.com. The game can also be heard live on 610 AM The Sports Animal and on GoLobos.com.

Tuesday's game is sponsored by UNM Hospitals, 100.3 The Peak and Lite 95.1.

Tuesday's game marks an impressive milestone for head coach Don Flanagan. That milestone will be coaching his 500th collegiate basketball game for the Lobos. Flanagan is currently in his 16th season and boasts a 336-163 (.673) record at New Mexico. Flanagan has coached a total of 499 games in his collegiate career and reaches his 500th game on Tuesday against San Diego State.

New Mexico returns to the road for two games against Utah and UNLV. The Lobos will play the Utes at 5 p.m. on Feb. 19 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The game against Utah will be broadcast on CBS College Sports, which can be seen on Comcast channel 37, DirecTV channel 603 and Dish Network channel 151. The Lobos will play the Rebels in Las Vegas, Nev. at 8 p.m. on Feb. 23. New Mexico will have three games left after the UNLV game before the Conference Tournament on Mar. 8-12.

Tuesday's game against the Aztecs will be the 44th meeting between the two teams. New Mexico currently leads the all-time series against San Diego State, 26-17. The Lobos fell to the Aztecs, 56-53 earlier in the season in San Diego, Calif. on Jan. 15.

The Aztecs enter Tuesday's game with a 10-13 record this season and a 4-7 record in conference action after sweeping both games last week. San Diego State beat Utah in a close matchup in Salt Lake City, 50-49 to open the week on Feb. 9. The Aztecs then beat UNLV 77-60 at home on Feb. 12 to finish the week. San Diego State is shooting 42.3 percent on the floor and 29.5 percent from long range this season.

Senior Paris Johnson led the team last week with two double-doubles. Johnson got 12 points and 11 rebounds against Utah and 18 points and 10 rebounds against UNLV. Johnson also averaged four blocked shots a game last week. Sophomore Courtney Clements averaged 17.5 points last week along with 2.5 assists a game. This season, Johnson leads the team in scoring and rebounding with 14.8 points and 7.9 rebounds a game. Clements is averaging 12.7 points a game this season. Senior Coco Davis runs the offense averaging 6.4 assists a game.

New Mexico fell to San Diego State, 56-53 in San Diego, Calif. on Jan. 15. The Lobos struggled from the 3-point line making only three field goals from long range. On defense, New Mexico forced San Diego State into 20 turnovers, while the Lobos committed only eight turnovers as a team for a season best. Freshman Jasmine Patterson led all scorers with 16 points. Senior Amanda Best added 11 points and dished out four assists. Senior Jessica Kielpinski grabbed a season-high 11 rebounds to lead all players on the boards and also had three steals.

New Mexico beat Colorado State 86-53 on Feb. 12 in The Pit. The Lobos shot a season-high 53.3 percent on the floor, which included shooting 42.3 percent from long range. New Mexico also committed only seven turnovers, compared to Colorado State's 16 turnovers. Freshman Jasmine Patterson led the Lobos in scoring with a career-high 23 points, including a career-high seven 3-pointers made. Senior Amanda Best had her second double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds, and also dished out a team-high seven assists. Senior Jessica Kielpinski and junior Porche Torrance also scored in double figures with 14 and 12 points, respectively.

It's 22 games into the season and freshman Jasmine Patterson has already stamped her name into the Lobos' records book in several categories. The freshman guard made the top-10 in most 3-point field goals in a single game. Patterson made seven 3-pointers on Feb. 12 in The Pit to put her in second place all-time. Former Lobo Miranda Sanchez is first in that category when she made eight 3-pointers against Air Force exactly 11 years ago on Feb. 12, 2000.

Patterson made the top-13 on the all-time freshman scoring list when she scored 17 points at Wyoming on Feb. 8. Patterson has amassed 234 points so far this season to put her 13th all-time. Current Lobo Sara Halasz held that spot previously. Halasz scored 201 points during her freshman year in 2009. Patterson needs six more points to take the 12th spot that is being held by Lindsey Arndt, who scored 239 points in 2002.

Patterson also made the top-10 all-time for most steals in a single game. On Dec. 7 against Arizona, Patterson had a career-high seven steals in The Pit. Those seven steals put the freshman tied for seventh on the all-time records book for most steals in a single game.

The Lobos are 1-4 this season when their games are broadcast on television. The Lobos beat Rio Grande Rival New Mexico State, 58-49 on Dec. 1 in Las Cruces. The Aggie game was televised live on Aggie Vision. New Mexico was beaten by Arizona, 84-60 on Dec. 7 in The Pit, with that game being televised live on The Mtn. Network. The Lobos fell to Wyoming, 63-53 on Jan. 8. New Mexico fell to San Diego State, 56-53 on Jan. 15. In its most recent television game, the Lobos fell to Wyoming, 78-65 on Feb. 8.

Over the past five games, the Lobos have improved their overall field goal percentage by 9.5 percent. New Mexico has shot 45.1 percent on the floor and 41.1 percent from long range over the past five games, compared to its 29.9 percent shooting on the floor and 25.3 percent shooting from long range through the first five games of conference. In their first conference win on Jan. 26, the Lobos tied their season-high field goal percentage, shooting 39.3 percent on the floor at TCU. The very next game on Jan. 29 at BYU, New Mexico shot a season-high 41.1 percent on the floor, which included 50 percent shooting from long range. The next game in the Lobos second conference win of the season, New Mexico shot a season-high 52.2 percent on the floor against Air Force. In the Lobos third conference win of the season, New Mexico again broke its season-high in field goal percentage by shooting 53.3 percent on the floor.