Feb. 8, 2007
SALT LAKE CITY - Katie Montgomery scored 22 of her career-high 29 points in the second half to lead New Mexico to an improbable 73-65 victory over Mountain West Conference rival Utah in the Huntsman Center tonight. The Lobos (16-7, 6-4 MWC) overcame a 13-point deficit in the final 10 minutes to win for just the second time ever in Salt Lake City and avenge an earlier loss to Utah at The Pit in Albuquerque. Surging UNM won its fourth straight game, while Utah dropped its third in a row, falling to 16-7, 7-3 MWC.
New Mexico struggled through a miserable start the game, trailing by as many 16 in the first half and entered the locker room at halftime down 28-17. The Lobos shot 19 percent (5-27) from the floor in the opening period, while allowing Utah to connect on 55 percent of attempts (11-20).
Utah extended its lead to 49-36 with 10:32 left in the second half, but then went cold from the floor. The Utes missed their next 11 field goals as New Mexico head coach Don Flanagan increased the Lobos' defensive intensity with a rare full court press.
Montgomery then took over on the offensive end, scoring eight points during a 13-4 UNM run. Freshman Amy Beggin capped the burst with a steal and lay-up to give the Lobos their first lead at 58-57 with 3:55 remaining.
Utah regained the lead, 61-58, on four straight free throws by rookie Kaylee Whipple with three minutes to play, but Julie Briody hit a pair of free throws and Montgomery drained a three to put the Lobos up for good. New Mexico hit 15 straight free throws over the final eight minutes and 8-8 in the final three minutes to finish the night 31-34 (91%) from the charity stripe.
Montgomery surpassed her previous career-high by seven points and moved over 1,000 points for her career. The senior from Lincoln, Neb. Finished the night 10-19 from the floor, including 4-8 from three-point range.
Utah forward Marie Warner scored a career-high 23 points off the bench, but was held scoreless over the final seven minutes before a meaningless lay-up in the waning seconds.