Nov. 1, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The New Mexico women's basketball team opened the 2006-07 season Wednesday night with an 82-43 exhibition victory over Vanguard University in front of 7,693 fans at The Pit.
The Lobos had too much firepower for Vanguard, an NAIA institution from Costa Mesa, Calif. The Lions finished 31-2 last year and lost in the national semifinals.
A basket by junior Dionne Marsh gave the Lobos a 12-2 lead and it was 27-8 in New Mexico's favor after freshman Amy Beggin nailed a 3-pointer midway through the first half. UNM led 47-18 at halftime and every Lobo played in the first 20 minutes.
Marsh, voted the top returning player in the Mountain West Conference, finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Senior guard Katie Montgomery added 16 points while junior guard Brandi Kimble contributed 14. Sophomore post Angela Hartill was one point shy of a double-double, finishing with 9 points and 11 boards.
UNM limited Vanguard to just 24.6% (16-65) accuracy from the floor, including 2 of 18 (11%) from 3-point. New Mexico shot 43.5% for the game and out-rebounded the Lions 53-42. Jessica Richter led Vanguard with 16 points.
The Lobos are now 19-3 all-time in exhibition play and they have won 17 straight since 1997.
Earlier today, New Mexico debuted at No. 20 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll, the first time it has been ranked in the preseason. The Lobos were 22-10 last year, advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth consecutive season.
The Lobos complete exhibition play Sunday when they host Colorado-Colorado Springs at 2 p.m. UNM opens the regular season on Friday, Nov. 10, against Florida Atlantic in Tempe, Ariz.