No. 23 New Mexico Holds Off No. 25 Texas, 63-60
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  11/17/2006
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Nov. 17, 2006

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Postgame Press Conference

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Julie Briody scored 16 of her 18 points in the first half and her two free throws with 57 seconds left helped No. 23 New Mexico hold off No. 25 Texas for a 63-60 victory Friday night.

Dionne Marsh scored 20 points for New Mexico (2-2), which led by 18 points (37-19) with just over a minute left in the first half.

Texas (3-1) had a chance to force overtime, but Erika Arriaran's 3-pointer with 2 seconds left barely hit the rim. Senior Tiffany Jackson led the Longhorns with 21 points, but didn't score during the final 11 minutes.

After Briody's free throws put the Lobos ahead 63-57, Arriaran connected on a 3-pointer with 42 seconds left. New Mexico worked as much of the time as it could off the clock and was called for a shot clock violation with just over 10 seconds left.

Texas then got its final shot from Arriaran.

New Mexico used a 16-2 run to build an 18-6 lead. Briody scored 10 points in that stretch, including a pair of 3-pointers.

Jackson carried the Longhorns' offense in the first half with 13 points. She fueled Texas' second-half rally with 8 points through the first eight minutes of the second half and banked a shot in to cut the Lobos' lead to 44-34 with just under 12 minutes remaining. But she was called for a technical foul moments later and didn't score the rest of the way.

The Lobos led 37-22 at halftime with scoring from just four players. Marsh scored 10 in the first half and New Mexico hit five 3-pointers and 14 of 15 free throws.

New Mexico, coming off back-to-back losses to No. 11 Arizona State and Nebraska, has not lost three in a row since the 2000 season.

The loss spoiled Texas coach Jody Conradt's 1,000th game as the Longhorns' coach.