Dec. 27, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The New Mexico women's basketball team will close out the non-conference portion of its schedule Tuesday, Dec. 30 at No. 3 Texas A&M starting at 7 p.m. CST. The Lobos, who are currently receiving votes, are off to their best start in school history at 11-1 while the Aggies are undefeated at 10-0. The game will be available on 610 AM The Sports Animal while live video streaming and gametracker will be online at www.GoLobos.com.
UNM is one of the hottest teams in the country heading into the Aggie matchup. The Lobos are riding an eight-game winning streak into College Station but have never faced the Aggies. Tuesday will be the first meeting between the two schools.
New Mexico is no stranger to the Big 12 this season. UNM is 2-0 against the Big 12 foes this season with victories over Texas Tech and Nebraska. The Lobos are 23-39 all-time against the Big 12.
The Aggies currently have their highest ranking in school history at No. 3 after starting the season 10-0. TAMU is coming off a 64-50 over TCU on Dec. 21 in College Station.
New Mexico lost its only game this season against a ranked opponent at Stanford. The Cardinal were ranked No. 8 at the time and easily pulled out the victory. The Lobos however like to play tough competition with five opponents on the schedule this season that are ranked or receiving votes this week.
UNM is 13-32 all-time against nationally-ranked opponents. The last upset over a Top 25 foe for New Mexico was on March 4, 2006 when the No. 21 Lobos knocked off No. 18 BYU inside The Pit. The last victory over a ranked team was during the 2005-06 season when UNM beat No. 25 Texas inside the friendly confines. New Mexico has upset three teams ranked in the top 10. The biggest upset in school history was when the Lobos beat No. 8 Texas Tech, 74-65, inside The Pit on Nov. 30, 2001.
The Lobos are led by junior Amy Beggin and senior Angela Hartill. Beggin is averaging 15.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. Hartill is chipping in 13.0 points and 4.9 rebounds per contest and has doubled her production from last season. Senior Amanda Adamson is emerged as the top rebounder on the team with 7.1 boards per game. As a team, UNM is shooting 41.7 percent from the field and 76.3 percent from the charity stripe.
Texas A&M is led by Takia Starks who is averaging 13.7 points per game. Starks along with Danielle Gant are the only two players averaging in double figures. Gant is scoring just over 12 points per game and pulling down seven rebounds. The Aggies are undefeated at 10-0 and 4-0 when playing inside Reed Arena. Despite only averaging 68.8 points per game, TAMU is outscoring its opponents by nearly 20 points. The Aggies shot 42.4 percent from the field and 65.3 percent from the free throw line. TAMU has won back-to-back Big 12 championships.
The coaching matchup features two of the top coaches in the women's game. Don Flanagan is in his 14th season at New Mexico and enters Tuesday's game with a 294-127 overall record. Gary Blair is in his sixth season at Texas A&M and has a 112-58 record in College Station. Blair has 520 career victories and is in his 24th year coaching at the Division I level.