Dec. 8, 2007
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico senior Dionne Marsh scored 20-points in the championship game of the Comcast Lobo Shootout to highlight the Lobos, 76-63, victory over Towson University Saturday night. UNM improves to 7-2 with the victory and remains undefeated inside The Pit this season. The Tigers fell to 4-3 overall and finished runners-up in the tournament.
The Tigers took an early 19-9 lead, before UNM senior Brandi Kimble hit a three in the corner to start a 15-4 Lobo run. The 24-23 lead with 6:59 left in the first half was the Lobos first lead of the game. The Lobos ended the half on a 10-0 run during the final 2:19 of the first half. UNM managed take a 37-30 halftime lead.
Towson battled for much of the second half but scored 33 second half points. TU's Holly Mahan hit a 3-pointer with a 1:04 remaining in the game to pull the Tigers within seven, 69-62. That was the closest they would get. Beggin and sophomore Eileen Weissmann made key free throws down the stretch to put the game out of reach. UNM held on to win, 76-63 and remain undefeated at home this season.
The Tigers finished the game with three players in double-figures including all-tournament selections Mahan and Kandace Davis. Both scored 15 points in the game.
Beggin, a sophomore guard out of Maplewood Minn., was 5 -13 from the field and finished the game with 19 points. Beggin drained four 3-pointers and tied a career-high with eight assists.
Kimble chipped in 14 points for New Mexico after hitting five of her eight shots.
The Lobos have won nine consecutive tournaments held inside The Pit. During that span, UNM went 2-1 in the 2005 pre-season WNIT.
New Mexico takes on Arizona Saturday, December 15 at 7 p.m. in The Pit. The game will be available via All Access and Gametracker on www.GoLobos.com.