New Mexico Returns on the Road to Take on TCU
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/24/2011
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Jan. 24, 2011

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The University of New Mexico women's basketball team will return on the road this week for two tough matchups against TCU and BYU. The Lobos will take on conference leader TCU on Wednesday in Fort Worth, Texas at 5:30 p.m. New Mexico then travels to Provo, Utah to take on BYU Saturday at 1 p.m. This week's games can be heard live on 610 AM The Sports Animal and on GoLobos.com. GameTracker will also be provided for the games this week on GoLobos.com.

New Mexico will face BYU in Provo, Utah at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29. The Lobos will return home next week for a single game against Air Force on Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. The game against Air Force marks the halfway point in conference play for New Mexico, with the Lobos replaying each team in conference one more time before the conference tournament in Las Vegas, Nev. on Mar. 8-12.

New Mexico fell to UNLV, 59-51 on Jan. 22 in The Pit. Poor shooting in the first half continued to hinder the Lobos when they shot only 14.3 percent on the floor and 12.5 percent from long range during the first half. Sophomore Caroline Durbin led the team with a career-high 12 points. Senior Amanda Best added 11 points, seven rebounds, and dished out a team-high four assists. Senior Jessica Kielpinski added eight points, seven rebounds, four steals, and three blocked shots for New Mexico. On defense, the Lobos forced the Rebels into 20 turnovers, while New Mexico only committed 10. The game against UNLV was "Pack The Pit" where 8,111 fans visited The Pit for the largest crowd this season.

TCU comes into Wednesday's game with a 14-6 record overall this season and a 6-0 conference record to lead the Mountain West Conference. In its most recent matchup TCU beat Utah, 56-46 on Saturday, Jan. 22 in Salt Lake City, Utah. TCU also beat BYU, 54-51 at home on Wednesday, Jan. 19. The Horned Frogs are currently riding an eight game winning streak and have won nine of their past 10 games.

TCU has three players scoring in double figures this season: senior Emily Carter (18.7), senior Helen Sverrisdottir (16.1) and sophomore Starr Crawford (11.1). Crawford leads the team on the boards, averaging 9.1 rebounds per game. Sverrisdottir leads the team in assists and steals, with 4.1 assists per game and 2.4 steals per game. The Horned Frogs also have eight players shooting 40.0 percent or higher this season and all 11 players are shooting higher than 32.5 percent.

Wednesday's game is the 16th meeting between New Mexico and TCU, with the Lobos currently leading the all-time series 8-7. New Mexico is currently 1-6 all-time when they play in Fort Worth, Texas. The Lobos and the Horned Frogs split games last season. New Mexico beat TCU, 60-53 on Jan. 30, 2010 in The Pit. The Horned Frogs beat the Lobos in their most recent matchup, 66-54 in Fort Worth on Mar. 2, 2010.

Despite New Mexico's struggles over the past few games, the Lobos have stepped it up defensively. Through the past three games the Lobos have forced their opponents into averaging 18.7 turnovers a game. New Mexico has taken advantage of those turnovers by scoring 20.7 points off of turnovers. The Lobos have also turned it around offensively, by only averaging 9.7 turnovers per game over the past three games, which accounts for only giving up 10 points per game off of turnovers.

During conference play this season, the Lobos have been finding it difficult to shoot in the first half. New Mexico is only shooting 24.8 percent on the floor and 18.2 percent from long range during the first half. The Lobos are also only averaging 22.2 points a game in the first half. However, in the second half New Mexico improves to shooting 35.0 percent on the floor and 34.1 percent from long range. The Lobos also average 9.6 more points in the second half.

Over the past six games the Lobos have shot 80.7 percent (96-119) from the free-throw line, including two games where they shot a season-high 90.5 percent (19-21) against New Mexico State and Colorado State. Overall this season, New Mexico is shooting 72.0 percent (267-371) compared to its opponents who are only shooting 68.4 percent (201-294) from the free-throw line. The Lobos have shot 77 more free throws than their opponents this season and have made 66 of those free throws for an 85.7 free-throw percentage on the extra free throws attempted.

Junior Lauren Taylor is currently leading the team in free-throw percentage shooting 87.5 percent from the line. She is now ranked 25th in the Nation in free-throw percentage and is also second in the conference with that mark this season. Freshman Jasmine Patterson is second on the team in free-throw percentage, shooting 81.0 percent to put her fifth in the conference. Taylor ended her consecutive free-throw streak at 28, which lasted through eight games. Her streak started on Dec. 4 at Arizona State and ended on Jan. 19 against Utah. Taylor also currently ranks third all-time in the UNM record books in career free-throw percentage, hitting 82.3 percent (135-164) from the free-throw line.

Head coach Don Flanagan is nearing an impressive milestone this season. That milestone will be coaching his 500th collegiate basketball game for the Lobos. Flanagan is currently in his 16th season and boasts a 333-161 (.674) record at New Mexico. Flanagan has coached a total of 494 games in his collegiate career and will reach his 500th win on Feb. 15 against San Diego State in The Pit.

- In the 17 games played so far, Coach Flanagan has changed the starting lineup 10 different times this season.
- UNM is 219-57 (.793) at home under Flanagan.
- UNM is in its 33rd season of women's basketball and has an overall record of 514-420.
- Flanagan is 333-161 all-time as the Lobos head man. Flanagan has guided UNM to 14 consecutive winning seasons and 13 straight postseason tournaments.
- The Lobos have compiled a 145-82 (.639) overall record in conference action under Flanagan. New Mexico has a 109-60 (.645) record in Mountain West Conference games.