June 20, 2006
University of New Mexico head women's basketball coach Don Flanagan has announced the Lobos' 2006-07 non-conference schedule. The Mountain West Conference schedule is expected to be announced by July 1.
New Mexico could play seven non-conference games against teams that played in the postseason last year, including five that were in the NCAA Tournament. Seven opponents did post 20-win seasons a year ago.
The Lobos will face three teams - Nebraska, Texas, Oklahoma - from the Big 12 and possibly three - Arizona State, maybe UCLA in a home tournament, and Arizona - from the Pac-10.
UNM opens the season with a pair of home exhibitions against Vanguard University (formerly Southern California College) on Wednesday, Nov. 1 and Eastern New Mexico on Nov. 5.
The regular season gets underway Nov. 10-13 with an exempt tournament hosted by Arizona State. ASU and UNM will be joined by Florida Atlantic and Nebraska in the round-robin format. The teams will play each other Nov. 10, 12 and 13.
Arizona State was 25-7 overall last year, 14-4 in the Pac-10. The No. 12 Sun Devils knocked off the Lobos 73-61 last season in Tempe. ASU lost to Utah in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Florida Atlantic finished 20-11 in all games, 16-4 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. FAU also won the ASC Tournament, but lost to LSU in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Nebraska made it to the quarterfinals of the postseason WNIT. The Cornhuskers finished 19-13.
The first home game of the regular season brings Texas to The Pit on Nov. 17. UT was just 13-15 (7-9 Big 12) in 2005-06 as injuries depleted the roster. New Mexico shocked the 12th-ranked Longhorns 76-68 last year in Austin.
The New Mexico Thanksgiving Tournament on Nov. 24-25 features Georgia Southern, Siena and Western Illinois. Western Illinois finished 23-7 last year, establishing a school record for wins. WIU won the Mid-Continent Conference regular season championship. Western lost at Illinois in the first round of the postseason WNIT.
The annual home-and-home series with New Mexico State begins in Albuquerque on Dec. 2. The Lobos play in Las Cruces Dec. 19. UNM has beaten the Aggies 20 straight times, however, the Lobos eked out a 79-77 triple-overtime thriller last year at the Pan American Center. The improved Aggies were 10-20 a year ago, 5-11 in the WAC.
UNM visits Arizona on Dec. 5. New Mexico has dropped three straight in Tucson, the last win coming in 1979.
Delaware State, Sam Houston State and UCLA will be in town Dec. 8-9 for the Lobo Holiday Tournament. Delaware State did not make it to postseason, but finished 21-9 overall and 13-5 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
New Mexico and UCLA could meet for the second time. The Lobos won 75-54 in The Pit during the 2000-01 season. The Bruins were 21-11 last year, 12-6 in the Pac-10 and fell to Purdue in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Another NCAA Tournament team from a year ago - Northern Arizona - comes to The Pit on Dec. 21. NAU won the Big Sky Tournament title last year before losing to Baylor in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Northern Arizona finished 22-11 overall.
The non-conference schedule ends in a big way on Dec. 30 as the Lobos meet Oklahoma in Norman. Most likely a top-five team in 2006-07, the Sooners beat UNM twice in The Pit last year, 74-63 in the Preseason WNIT and 83-70 during the regular season. Led by All-American Courtney Paris, OU finished 31-5 overall and a perfect 16-0 in the Big 12. The Sooners lost to Stanford in the Sweet 16.
Head coach Don Flanagan has a 239-104 record in 11 seasons at UNM. All of the school's nine postseason appearances have come since he began in 1995-96, including five straight trips to the NCAA Tournament. New Mexico was 22-10 last season, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament before being eliminated by defending champion Baylor. The Lobos were ranked No. 21 in the final coaches' poll and No. 24 by AP.
2006-07 University of New Mexico Women's Basketball Schedule
Nov. 1 Vanguard (Ex.) 7 p.m.
Nov. 5 Eastern New Mexico (Ex.) 2 p.m.
Nov. 10-13 at Arizona State Tournament
(Arizona State, Florida Atlantic, Nebraska, New Mexico)
Nov. 17 Texas 7 p.m.
Nov. 24-25 New Mexico Thanksgiving Tournament
(UNM, Georgia Southern, Siena, Western Illinois)
Dec. 2 New Mexico State 7 p.m.
Dec. 5 at Arizona TBA
Dec. 8-9 Lobo Holiday Tournament
(New Mexico, Delaware State, Sam Houston State, UCLA)
Dec. 19 at New Mexico State TBA
Dec. 21 Northern Arizona 7 p.m.
Dec. 30 at Oklahoma TBA
March 6-10 MWC Tournament at Las Vegas, Nev. TBA