Dec. 30, 2003
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Senior forward Melissa Forest turned in the best game of her career to lead the University of New Mexico to a 68-44 win over rival New Mexico State on Tuesday night at the Pan American Center. Forest recorded her third straight double-double, notching a career-high 20 points and 15 rebounds as New Mexico (7-4) picked up its first road victory of the season. UNM also earned its 16th straight win over NMSU, which fell to 6-5 on the year.
The two teams traded blows for much of the first half before the Lobos scored 18 unanswered points to put the game out of reach. New Mexico clung to a 23-20 lead with five minutes remaining before Forest caught fire, scoring eight straight points in a 12-0 UNM run to close the half. New Mexico the came out and scored the first six points of the second period to extend its lead to 41-20 two minutes into the half.
New Mexico shot 50 percent or better for just the second time this season, hitting 25-50 field goals, while holding NMSU to 26 percent (14-53) from the floor. The Lobos dominated inside, outscoring the Aggies 28-6 in the paint and holding a 39-29 rebounding advantage.
Junior center Jenny Shetters was the only other Lobo in double figures, adding 11 points in 14 minutes off the bench for New Mexico. Forest and fellow senior Lauren McLeod improved to a perfect 8-0 versus NMSU in their careers.
Princess Moore scored 16 points, on 5-22 shooting, and pulled down seven rebounds to pace New Mexico State. Sinnamon Garret and Keairra Moore scored 14 and 12 points, respectively, as the three Aggies combined for 42 of the team's 44 points.
Saturday's tip-off in Austin is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. (MST). The game will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest.