Jan. 25, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico women's basketball hosts BYU Saturday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. inside The Pit. The Lobos are 10-8 overall and 2-3 in the Mountain West Conference. BYU brings an 8-8 overall mark into Albuquerque along with a 2-2 conference record. This will be the 59th meeting between New Mexico and BYU. BYU leads the series 35-23, but New Mexico holds court in The Pit at 16-11. The game is available via all-access and on the radio at 610 AM with Joe Behrend calling the action.
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Game #19 vs. BYU Sponsored by Pepsi and News Radio 770 AM KKOB
Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008 2 p.m.
The Pit/Bob King Court Albuquerque, N.M.
Live Stats, Audio and Video: www.GoLobos.com, All-Access
Radio: 610 AM (The Sports Animal) - Joe Behrend and Hazel Tull-Leach will call the action from courtside at The Pit.
Against BYU: This will be the 59th meeting between New Mexico and BYU. BYU leads the series 35-23, but New Mexico holds court in The Pit at 16-11. The Lobos are 5-1 in the last six meetings in Albuquerque, but each team won on the road last season. The series goes back to 1975.
Up Next: The Lobos will have a week to rest up for PACK THE PIT against UNLV on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for children. Santa Ana Casino is sponsoring the game with a sports watch as the fan gift.
Crowd Factor ... Lobo women's basketball crowds at The Pit have ranked in the NCAA Top Five in average attendance for the past seven years. The Lobos cracked the 8,000 average mark for the first time this season following the Dec. 18 crowd of 8,711 against Stanford. UNM is averaging 8,065 fans in 12 home games of the season and had three consecutive games of 8,700+ in attendance from Dec. 15-21.
Saturday Matinee ... It's not often that the Lobos get an afternoon game in the friendly confines of The Pit. It will be just the second home afternoon game of the season. The first was a 67-38 win over Northwestern on Nov. 11. The first 2,500 fans will receive a Howl Towel.
Mark Your Calendars ... The Lobos will be hosting several big promotions over the remainder of the regular season.
THINK PINK sponsored by the UNM Cancer Center and UNM Hospital, in conjuction with the WBCA's annual breast cancer awareness initiative, Wednesday, Feb. 13 vs. San Diego State.
Last Time Out - at Utah - L, 60-57 ... UNM came close to starting the league road season undefeated at 3-0, but watched a 14-point lead disappear as Utah beat the Lobos, 60-57. Sophomore Amy Beggin, playing her 10th complete game of the season, scored a team-high 16 points for the Lobos. The Lobos jumped out to a 9-2 lead on a three-pointer by freshman Jessica Kielpinski, who made her second start of the season. Utah cut the lead to 9-7, but junior Angela Hartill came off the bench to hit back-to-back three-pointers to keep the Lobos ahead, 15-9. Hartill finished the game with a career-high four three-pointers. New Mexico built to a 23-13 lead, the largest of the first half, on a three-pointer by sophomore Eileen Weissmann. The Lobos kept the Utes at bay, taking a 31-23 lead into the locker room at halftime. The second half started much the same way with the Lobos holding off Utah, never allowing the Utes closer than five early in the half. Senior Brandi Kimble sandwiched two three-pointers around a Dionne Marsh jumper to build the Lobo lead to 14, 52-38, with 7:53 left in the game. But one minute and 34 seconds later, Kimble picked up her fifth foul of the game and Utah took advantage. Utah went on an 18-0 run and New Mexico's shooting went stone cold, as the Utes took their first lead of the game, 54-52, on a jumper by Kaylee Whipple with 52 second left in the game. Leilani Mitchell added two free throws to put the lead at 56-52. Beggin finally ended the Lobo drought with a basket at 26.4 seconds to cut the score to 56-54. Mitchell hit two more free throws to make the score 58-54, before Beggin hit a three with 10 seconds left to cut the Ute lead to one, 58-57. But the Lobos could not translate missed Utah free throws into points in the last three seconds of the game. Marsh led the Lobos with a career-high five assists to go along with nine points and seven rebounds. Beggin played a complete 40-minute game for the sixth time in the last seven games. The Lobos continue to improve their long distance shooting, hitting 11 three-pointers at a 57.9 percent clip against Utah. It was the 154th consecutive game that the Lobos have made a three-point shot.
About BYU (8-8, 2-2) ... The Cougars, under the direction of head coach Jeff Judkins, are coming into The Pit on the heels of two tough MWC losses to Utah at home and San Diego State on the road. Mallary Carling (nee Gillespie) leads the team with 13.9 points per game and 47 assists. Lauren Varley is tops on defense with 8.1 rebounds per game and 20 blocked shots.
RPI Watch Underway ... This is the time of year that teams hoping for a post-season NCAA bid start watching their RPI as much as the national polls put out by the Associated Press and ESPN, USA Today and the coaches. The official NCAA RPI reports were first released in early January. There are at least three other unofficial RPI rankings that teams keep an eye on late in the season - collegerpi.com, The Women's RPI Report, and Jeff Sagarin.
Scoring 60 ... The Lobos are 32-0 when scoring at least 60 points over the past two seasons. When the Lobos score under 60 points, the record is 2-17. The last time New Mexico lost a game in which it scored 60 points was the second round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament against Baylor in Tucson, 87-67.
Love That Defense ... The Lobos are currently ranked 9th in the country in scoring defense, only allowing opponents to score 53.2 points per game. UNM is also among the top 50 in the nation in turnovers per game (31st; 15.4), rebound margin (40th; +5.9), personal fouls per game (48th; 15.4) and field goal percentage defense (32nd; .362).
154 and Counting ... The Lobos extended their streak of making a three-point field goal to 154 consecutive games with 11 on Jan. 23 at Utah. The last time UNM did not make a three-point basket was Feb. 27, 2003 vs. UNLV.