Jan. 13, 2007
Senior guard Katie Montgomery scored a career-high 22 points to help New Mexico end a four-game losing streak with an emphatic 73-42 victory at Colorado State. The Lobos are now 11-6 overall, 1-3 in the Mountain West Conference. CSU falls to 6-10 and 1-3.
The 31-point victory margin is UNM's largest in 24 games at Colorado State. The Lobos have won six straight against the Rams, including three in a row in Fort Collins.
It's also the 250th win for Lobo head coach Don Flanagan. Now in his 12th season at New Mexico, Flanagan has a 250-110 career record.
Montgomery and backcourt mate Julie Briody combined for 30 points in the first stanza as UNM roared to a 39-17 halftime lead.
The Lobos led 22-14 before Montgomery scored 11 points during a 17-3 run to end the half. Montgomery scored 16 points before intermission, connecting on all four of her 3-point tries. She tied a career-high with six 3s in just eight attempts, and added five assists and no turnovers in 31 minutes.
Additionally, Montgomery became the Lobos' all-time leader for 3-point field goals when she nailed her fourth trey of the first half. She broke the record of Miranda Sanchez, who made 186 from 1997-2001. Montgomery has 189.
Briody got the Lobos out of the gate quickly, scoring 12 of the Lobos' first 22 points. She had 14 points in the first half, hitting 4 of 6 attempts from 3-point. Briody finished with 16 points and five assists.
Junior Dionne Marsh finished with 11 points, all in the second half.
The Lobos shot 47% from the floor, including a steamy 50% (10-20) from beyond the arc. UNM held Colorado State to 31% accuracy from the field. The Lobos also forced 23 Ram turnovers.
New Mexico had its highest scoring output and best shooting performance since a 77-41 triumph over Sam Houston State on Dec. 8. UNM averaged just 54 points during its four-game losing streak, including 52.7 points in the 0-3 start to conference play.
Colorado State had just eight players available after four players were suspended before the game.
The Lobos return home to face Air Force Thursday. Game time is 7 p.m.