Feb. 4, 2004
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico women's basketball team returns to the road with a trip to Colorado State on Thursday night. The Lobos are coming off two home wins and are 12-6 overall and 4-1 in the MWC, while Colorado State is 10-8 on the season and 1-4 in conference. Tip-off is set for 7:00 PM, Thursday night at Moby Arena.
TONIGHT'S GAME: Tonight's game features the Lobos of the University of New Mexico against the Rams of Colorado State University in a Mountain West Conference game.
SCOUTING THE LOBOS: The Lobos enter tonight's game after two consecutive home wins over San Diego State and UNLV. UNM is currently 12-6 on the season and 4-1 in the MWC with losses to Utah, No. 3 Texas, Villanova, South Carolina, San Francisco and Arizona and wins over Southern Cal, Cal State Fullerton, Youngstown State, Texas Southern, Tennessee State, New Mexico State, New Mexico Highlands, Air Force and BYU. The Lobos are led in scoring and rebounding by junior forward Lindsey Arndt with 9.6 ppg and 7.1 rpg. In conference play UNM is led by senior Melissa Forest and junior Mandi Moore at 12.0 and 10.4 ppg, respectively.
SCOUTING THE RAMS: Colorado State brings a 10-8 overall record and 1-4 conference record into tonight's game. The Rams are currently on a four game losing streak after a loss last weekend to Wyoming. The Rams have recorded wins this season over Texas Southern, Stephen F. Austin, Long Beach State, Denver, San Francisco, St. Mary's, Loyola Marymount, Montana, IPFW and BYU, with losses to Boston College, Colorado, Oregon, Notre Dame, Utah, UNLV, San Diego State and Wyoming. CSU is led in scoring by Melissa Dennett at 13.1 ppg. Joining Dennett in double figures is Joy Jenkins at 11.9 ppg, Vanessa Espinoza at 11.7 ppg and Lindsay Thomas at 11.6 ppg. Leading the Rams on the boards is Thomas at 7.4 rpg, while Jasai Ferrucho leads the team in assists at 4.5 apg.
THE COACHES: UNM is led by head coach Don Flanagan in his ninth season at New Mexico. Flanagan is 180-87 at UNM. The Rams are under the direction of Chris Denker, who is in his second year at Colorado State and third season overall. Denker has a record of 31-21 at CSU and 72-39 in his career.