Jan. 31, 2007
Junior Dionne Marsh recorded her second straight double-double to lead New Mexico to an easy 76-46 victory over San Diego State in front of 8,576 fans at The Pit. After losing its first three Mountain West Conference games, the Lobos have won four of their past five to even their league record at 4-4. UNM is 14-7 overall. The Aztecs fall to 9-10 overall and 2-6 in the MWC.
Marsh, the 2006-07 preseason pick for MWC player of the year, had her second straight impressive effort at both ends of the floor. After no double-doubles in the Lobos' first 19 games, Marsh finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds. That came on the heels of a 12-point, 21-rebound performance last Saturday against UNLV. Marsh nearly had a double-double in the first half as she contributed 13 points and 8 rebounds.
Marsh has 32 rebounds the past two games, just two short of her total from the previous eight games.
The Aztecs' only lead was 2-0 as UNM took control in the final eight minutes of the first half. Leading 16-10 following a pair of San Diego State free throws, Lobo senior guard Katie Montgomery nailed a 3-pointer to cap a 9-0 run and give New Mexico a 25-10 advantage. Montgomery, who finished with 13 points, scored five points during that burst as the Lobos made four straight shots.
Montgomery is now within 23 points of 1,000 in her career.
After missing 11 of its first 16 shots to start the game, New Mexico converted 9 of its final 13 over the final 7:51 of the first stanza that provided a 36-21 halftime margin.
The Lobos shot 47% (26-53) for the game while holding the Aztecs to just 33% (17-52) accuracy, including 2 of 10 from 3-point.
Senior Julie Briody also finished with 13 points for New Mexico. SDSU did not have a player score in double figures. Lauren Hoisington and Shanna Demus scored 8 apiece.
Led by Marsh, New Mexico held a 40-28 rebound advantage. The Lobos were also solid at the free-throw line, converting 22 of 26.
New Mexico concludes its three-game home stand Sunday when it hosts Wyoming. Tip-off is 1 p.m.