Feb. 4, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico women's basketball travels to Fort Collins, Colo., Wednesday to battle Colorado State at 7 p.m. inside the Moby Arena. UNM is coming off one of its best performances of the season in a 94-64 victory over UNLV Saturday. The Lobos are 11-9 on the year and 3-4 in the Mountain West Conference. CSU enters the contest with a 2-18 overall record and is 0-7 in league play. The game is available via gametracker and the radio at 610 AM The Sports Animal.
Up Next For Lobo Basketball
Game #21 at Colorado State Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008 7 p.m.
Moby Arena Fort Collins, Colo.
Live Stats, Audio and Video: www.GoLobos.com, All-Access
Radio: 610 AM (The Sports Animal) - Joe Behrend will call the action from courtside on the road at Moby Arena.
Against Colorado State: This will be the 55th meeting between New Mexico and Colorado State dating back to the series start in 1975. The series is currently even at 27, with the Lobos on a seven-game winning streak against the Rams. The Lobos have won nine of the last 10 against CSU. CSU is 16-8 against the Lobos at Moby Arena, but UNM has won three of the last four in Fort Collins.
Up Next: The Lobos stay on the road, Sunday, Feb. 10 at No. 15/16 Wyoming. Game time in Laramie will tip at 3 p.m. on CSTV.
Crowd Factor ... Lobo women's basketball crowds at The Pit have ranked in the NCAA Top Five in average attendance for the past seven years. The Lobos cracked the 8,000 average mark for the first time this season following the Dec. 18 crowd of 8,711 against Stanford. UNM is averaging 8,407 fans in 14 home games of the season and had three consecutive games of 8,700+ in attendance from Dec. 15-21. The largest crowd at The Pit this season was 11,942 against UNLV on Feb. 2.
Think Pink At FANZZ And LIDS ... UM has teamed up with FANZZ and LIDS stores at the Cottonwood and Coronado Malls, for the annual Women's Basketball Coaches Association "Think Pink" Breast Cancer Awareness campaign. For every pink Lobo hat purchased at LIDS, customers will receive four tickets to the "Think Pink" game, Feb. 13 vs. San Diego State. At FANZZ, customers who make a purchase of $15 worth of pink Lobo apparel will also receive four tickets to the Think Pink game.
Last Time Out - vs. UNLV - W, 94-64 ... Amy Beggin scored a career-high of 26 points to lead the Lobos to their first conference home win of the season against UNLV Saturday night at The Pit, 94-64. Dionne Marsh and Brandi Kimble both helped with 22 points each. Brandi Kimble started the game off with a three-pointer. From there she scored the next six points. Kimble shot eight of 11 from the floor and was three of four from behind the arc. Kimble finished the night tying her career-high. Early in the first half the Lobos went on a 15-0 run, building a 22-point lead over the Lady Rebels. The biggest Lobo lead of the game came with 2:40 left in the second half, 93-55. The Lobos' 94 points was the highest scoring game of the season. With her 22 points, Marsh moves into third place all-time on the Lobo all-time scoring list with 1,689 points. Sophomore Georonika Jackson recorded a career-high with eight points. New Mexico shot 55.9% from the floor and 53.3% from behind the arc, including 66.7% in the second half, which was the highest percentage of any half this season.
No. 275 and 400 On The Horizon for Flanagan ... Already the winningest basketball coach in New Mexico history, Don Flanagan is closing in on another coaching milestone, his 400th collegiate game. It will happen on Feb. 17, 2008 at TCU. Before then, the Lobos will work to get Flanagan his 275th collegiate win. UNM's first opportunity to set that mark is Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Colorado State.
About Colorado State (2-18, 0-7) ... The Rams, under the direction of head coach Jen Warden, are struggling through a 2-18 season and currently have an 11-game losing streak going into Wednesday night's match-up with the Lobos. Senior Sara Hunter is the Rams' leading scorer with 9.8 points per game. Hunter is one of two players for the Rams to start all 20 games. The other is Juanise Cornell, the team's leading rebounder with 7.0 per game.
20-Plus Trifecta ... On Feb. 2 against UNLV, Amy Beggin, Brandi Kimble and Dionne Marsh pulled off something that has never happened in Lobo women's basketball history - three players scoring 20+ points in a game. Beggin recorded a career-high 26 points, while Kimble tied her career-high with 22. Marsh pitched in with 22 points, moving her into third place on the Lobos all-time scoring list.
Doubling Up ... Angela Hartill's 10 points, along with Amy Beggin's 26, Brandi Kimble's 22, and Dionne Marsh's 22 gave the Lobos four players scoring in double figures on Feb. 2 vs. UNLV. It was the third time this season that the Lobos have had four players scoring in double figures in a game (Nov. 10 vs. Dayton; Dec. 7 vs. Norfolk State). The last time the Lobos had five players score in double figures was Nov. 10, 2006 vs. Florida Atlantic (Julie Briody - 17, Katie Montgomery - 16, Dionne Marsh - 13, Angela Hartill - 11, Brandi Kimble -10).
Sharp Shooters ... The Lobos recorded one of their best shooting nights of the season on Feb. 2 vs. UNLV. UNM shot 55.9 percent from the field for the game, the best overall night of the season, and 66.7 percent in just the second half, the best half of the season.
Mountain West Conference Tournament Bus Trip ... The UNM Lobo Club is sponsoring a bus trip to the 2008 Mountain West Conference Tournament in Las Vegas, March 11-15. Cost of the trip is $575 and includes bus transportation, hotel accommodations (double occupancy), and all-session game tickets. Deposits are due by Friday, Feb. 8. For more information call 925-5014 or go to www.unmloboclub.org to make reservations.
Cherry Crush At The Pit ... Back by popular demand, Cherry Crush Night at The Pit will be Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. when the Lobos host Air Force. The UNM Bookstore will be selling Cherry Crush t-shirts for $7.95. Purchase of a Cherry Crush t-shirt include a free ticket to the men's game vs. TCU on Feb. 16 and a free ticket to the women's game vs. Air Force on Feb. 20.
RPI Watch Underway ... This is the time of year that teams hoping for a post-season NCAA bid start watching their RPI as much as the national polls put out by the Associated Press and ESPN, USA Today and the coaches. The official NCAA RPI reports were first released in early January. There are at least three other unofficial RPI rankings that teams keep an eye on late in the season - collegerpi.com, The Women's RPI Report, and Jeff Sagarin.