Feb. 19, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico (18-6, 7-4 MWC) women's basketball will travel to San Diego, Calif., Saturday to face San Diego State at 3 p.m. MT inside Cox Arena. The Lobos and Aztecs (17-6, 8-3 MWC) enter Saturday's game in a tight battle for position in the Mountain West Conference regular-season standings. SDSU is currently third in the league while New Mexico is fourth and a game back. Saturday will be WBCA Pink Zone day for the Aztecs. The Lobos will wear pink uniforms and shoes during the contest. Radio is available on 610 AM The Sports Animal with gametracker and live video on www.GoLobos.com.
The Lobos are coming off a 52-37 victory over BYU Tuesday. Senior Angela Hartill scored a team-high 18 points against the Cougars and had her highest point total since Dec. 16 when she scored 20 points against UTEP. Hartill hit five of her 12 shots from the field against BYU and made seven of her nine free throws. Junior Amy Beggin reached double figures for the 16th straight time after scoring 17. The Lobos have won back-to-back conference games and have momentum heading into San Diego.
The Aztecs are one of the most talented teams in the MWC and currently sit in third place in the conference standings. SDSU dropped a 64-61 decision at Wyoming Sunday and set the stage for a key battle Saturday with the Lobos. The Aztecs had three players score in double figures against the Cowgirls. Sophomore Paris Johnson had 15 points, six blocks and four steals. Wyoming dominated the boards and outrebounded the Aztecs, 44-to-25.
The Lobos have donated the Aztec series since Don Flanagan took over prior to the 1995-96 season. Flanagan is 25-4 all-time against San Diego State but on Jan. 21, 2009 the Aztecs snapped a 19-game UNM winning streak. SDSU beat New Mexico earlier this year, 57-52, inside The Pit. It was the first victory for the Aztecs inside The Pit since 1995. New Mexico leads the all-time series 25-14.
The SDSU and UNM series started to heat up last year. The Lobos and Aztecs reached the MWC Championship finals and New Mexico earned the automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. The Lobos defeated SDSU, 62-59, in one of the most intense championship games in the history over the Mountain West Conference.
Earlier this year, San Diego State shocked the Lobos on their home court. New Mexico was led by Beggin's 13 points. Johnson had a double-double against the Lobos with 17 points and 11 points. Aztec junior Jene Morris had nine points in the game including a key steal in the final minute that clinched the victory for SDSU. The Lobos were in the game until the every end but shot a dismal 2-of-11 from behind the arc. UNM was 0-for-7 from long range in the second half.