March 9, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico women's basketball enters the Mountain West Conference Championship as the #4 seed and will take on #5 BYU Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. The game will be played at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas and televised on The Mountain Network. UNM is 17-12 overall and 9-7 in the MWC. BYU enters the tournament with a 13-15 record and a 7-9 league mark. The game will be available via radio on 610 AM The Sports Animal. UNM has won four of the last five MWC Championships.
Up Next For #4 Lobo Basketball
Phillips 66 Mountain West Conference Women's Basketball Tournament
Quarterfinals vs. #5 BYU
Wednesday, March 12 2:30 p.m. (MDT)
The Mtn. (Comcast Channel 276)
Thomas & Mack Center Las Vegas, Nev.
Live Stats, Audio and Video: www.GoLobos.com, All-Access
Radio/TV: 610 AM (The Sports Animal) - Joe Behrend and Hazel Tull-Leach will call the action from Las Vegas; The Mtn. (Comcast Channel 276) - Mike Evans, Ann Schatz and Bill Doleman will call the action.
Against #5 seed BYU: The Lobos and Cougars split the regular season series with each team winning on the road. BYU leads the overall series at 36-24, but the teams are even on neutral courts, 2-2. All four neutral court games have been in the conference tournament - the first in the 1993 WAC Tournament in Salt Lake City, the remaining three in Las Vegas for the MWC Tournament. The 2008 quarterfinal match-up is a rematch of the 2007 and 2003 MWC championship games, both won by the Lobos.
Lobos In the Mountain West Conference Tournament:
The only other time the Lobos have not been a #1-3 seed in the MWC Tournament was the inaugural MWC season, 2000, when the Lobos were the #4 seed.
The Lobos are 14-4 overall in Mountain West Conference Tournament history with four tournament titles, the most of any MWC member. The Lobos won the tournament title in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2007.
UNM senior Dionne Marsh has been the MWC Tournament Most Valuable Player twice in her career - as a freshman in 2005 and as a junior in 2007. Marsh is the only MWC player to earn the honor more than once.
The Lobos have had six players named to the All-MWC Tournament Team since 2000, including three players twice and four tournament MVPs - 2003 - Jordan Adams (MVP) and Mandi Moore; 2004 - Lindsey Arndt (MVP) and Melissa Forest; 2005 - Dionne Marsh (MVP), Lindsey Arndt, and Mandi Moore; 2007 - Dionne Marsh (MVP) and Julie Briody.
Last Time Out - vs. Colorado State - W, 76-45 ... Senior forward Dionne Marsh scored 26 points and became the top scorer in New Mexico women's basketball history in her final regular season game in The Pit as the Lobos cruised to a 76-45 victory over Colorado State on Saturday afternoon. New Mexico led from start to finish. Marsh, who entered the game needing 11 points to pass Abby Garchek (1993-97) on the career list, scored 17 in the first half. She poured in 13 of the Lobos' first 27 points and got the record on an inside basket to draw a standing ovation from the crowd of 10,171. The Flower Mound, Texas product finished the game with 1,852 points in her career. New Mexico jumped out to a 18-4 lead as the nation's No. 7 scoring defense suffocated Colorado State early. The Rams missed 11 of their first 13 shots and trailed 40-13 at halftime. UNM forced 19 Colorado State turnovers on the day and limited the Rams to 27 percent (15-56) from the floor. Senior guard Brandi Kimble also had a strong performance in her final regular season home game, finishing with eight points and 11 rebounds.
About New Mexico (17-12, 9-7 MWC) ... The Lobos have won five of their last seven games, including the last three in a row, to move up to fourth place in the Mountain West Conference. Senior Dionne Marsh leads the team in scoring with 15.7 points per game and became the Lobos all-time leading scorer on March 8 with 26 points against Colorado State to finish the regular season with 1,852. She also had six rebounds in the game to remain in sixth place on the Lobos all-time rebound list with 709. Senior Brandi Kimble had 11 rebounds against CSU and continues to lead the team in rebounding with 7.1 per game. Sophomore Amy Beggin, the Lobos court general at the point, averages 4.4 assists per game and is the Lobos most accurate free throw shooter at 84.2 percent. Beggin played 15 complete games for the Lobos this season.
About BYU (13-15, 7-9 MWC) ... The Cougars have lost six of their last seven games, finishing as the No. 5 seed in the MWC Tournament. Mallary Carling leads BYU in scoring with 13.6 points per game and in free throw shooting at 83.6 percent. Lauren Varley leads the team in rebounding with 8.6 boards per game and in field goal shooting at 50.0 percent.
Marsh's Mark ... Dionne Marsh became the Lobos all-time career scorer on March 8 against Colorado State with her team-high 26 points. Marsh has 1,852 points over her four-year career. The mark ranks third in Mountain West Conference history.
Marsh recorded the 12th double-double of her career on Feb. 13 against San Diego State with 15 points and 11 rebounds, her second double-double of the season.
Marsh cracked the top 100 in the country in the NCAA national season rankings in field goal percentage this week at 49.1 percent (88th).
Marsh is one of 12 Lobos who is a member of the 1,000-point/500-rebound club.
The senior from Flower Mound, Texas, moved into sixth place on the UNM all-time rebound list with 9 on March 4 at UNLV. Marsh needs 21 rebounds to move into fifth place.
Nimble Kimble ... Senior Brandi Kimble has moved onto the Top 10 UNM career steals list this season with one steal at UNLV. She is tied with Winifred Foster for 10th place with 148 and needs 9 steals to move all the way up to fifth place.
The Stevenson Ranch, Calif. native also has 771 career points and 549 career rebounds.
Crowd Factor ... Lobo women's basketball crowds are at The Pit are the best and have ranked in the NCAA Top Five in average attendance for the past seven years. The Lobos cracked the 8,000 average mark this season following the Dec. 18 crowd of 8,711 against Stanford. UNM is averaging 8,584 fans in 18 home games of the season. The largest crowd at The Pit this season was 11,942 against UNLV on Feb. 2 for Pack The Pit. The Lobos are currently seventh in the nation in home attendance.
Hosting, Again ... The Pit will be the site of the NCAA Women's Basketball First and Second Rounds in 2008, 2009, and 2010. The dates in 2008 are March 22 and 24. The NCAA women's basketball staff was on site Tuesday, Dec. 18, for UNM's dress rehearsal game. Every host site of an NCAA basketball round must host the staff for one game during the season leading up to the hosting round. For more information about the tournament, including ticket sales, go to golobos.com.