Feb. 12, 2004
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico women's basketball team will open the second half of the Mountain West Conference schedule playing host to the Air Force Academy. The Lobos are currently 13-7 on the season and 5-2 in the MWC, while Air Force is 3-17 on the season and 0-7 in conference. Earlier this season UNM defeated the Falcons 65-43 at Clune Arena. Tip-off Saturday is set for 2:05 PM at The Pit.
TODAY'S GAME: Today's game features the Lobos of the University of New Mexico against the Falcons of the Air Force Academy in a Mountain West Conference match-up.
SCOUTING THE LOBOS: The Lobos enter today's game after a win at Wyoming last Saturday. UNM is currently 13-7 on the season and 5-2 in the MWC with losses to Colorado State, Utah, No. 3 Texas, Villanova, South Carolina, San Francisco and Arizona and wins over Southern Cal, Cal State Fullerton, Youngstown State, Texas Southern, Tennessee State, New Mexico State, New Mexico Highlands, Air Force, BYU, San Diego State and UNLV. The Lobos are led in scoring and rebounding by junior forward Lindsey Arndt with 10.2 ppg and 7.2 rpg. In conference play UNM is led by senior Melissa Forest at 10.7 ppg.
SCOUTING THE FALCONS: The Air Force Academy is currently on an 11 game losing streak after winning three in a row right before Christmas break. The Falcons are 3-17 on the season and 0-7 in the Mountain West Conference, with their three wins coming against New Mexico Highlands, Northern Colorado and Portland. Air Force is led in scoring by Letricia Castillo at 12.9 ppg. Leading the Falcons on the glass is Amoy Jackson at 5.6 rpg and Jennifer Roesch leads the team in assists at 3.2 apg.
THE COACHES: UNM is led by head coach Don Flanagan in his ninth season at New Mexico. Flanagan is 181-88 at UNM. The Falcons are under the direction of Ardie McInelly, who is in her third year at Air Force and eighth season overall. McInelly is 14-62 at Air Force and 91-124 overall.
THE SERIES: New Mexico and Air Force will meet for the 15th time today. The Lobos own a commanding 13-1 advantage over the Falcons. Air Force's lone win came in the first meeting of the series with UNM winning 13 straight since including a 65-43 victory earlier this season at Air Force.