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UNM hosts San Diego State Wednesday For Think Pink Game
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/11/2008
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

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Feb. 11, 2008

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico women's basketball hosts San Diego State Wednesday at 7 p.m. inside The Pit. The Lobos are 12-10 overall and 4-5 in the Mountain West Conference. SDSU is 13-8 and 4-5 in league play. The game will be breast cancer awareness night for the Lobos and fans are encouraged to wear pink. The game can be heard on 610 AM the Sport Animal with Joe Behrend calling the action.

Up Next For Lobo Basketball

Game #23 • vs. San Diego State • Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008 • 7 p.m.

The Pit/Bob King Court • Albuquerque, N.M.

Sponsored by the UNM Cancer Center, UNM Hospital, KISS 97.3 FM, Coyote 102.5 FM

Live Stats, Audio and Video: www.GoLobos.com, All-Access

Radio: 610 AM (The Sports Animal) - Joe Behrend and Hazel Tull-Leach will call the action from courtside at The Pit.

Against San Diego State: This will be the 37th meeting between UNM and SDSU. The Lobos hold the series lead, 23-13, and 10-4 at The Pit. UNM has won 17 straight against SDSU.

Up Next: The Lobos head to Fort Worth to play TCU on Sunday, Oct. 17. Game time on The mtn. is set for 1 p.m.

THINK PINK QUICK HITS FROM THE UNM CANCER CENTER

Many players on the Lobo Women's Basketball team have a personal interest in tonight's Think Pink game. Out of 13 players on the roster, eight of them have a family member who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Some of those players came forward to talk about how they have been impacted by the experience.

Dionne Marsh ... "It's scary because there are so many people with breast cancer. Most people don't know there are preventative measures they can take. Since my aunt had breast cancer, I know it's something I'm going to need to be taking care of."

Kelsey Ansley ... "Without people giving money to develop the technology to beat cancer, my grandmother wouldn't be here. I am so happy she's alive because we're very close. I want to help. I want to go out there and play my hardest."

Brandi Kimble ... "My great-aunt Ruth died of breast cancer four years ago. It was very sad because she was a happy, outgoing person. I am hoping for a cure someday."

Angela Hartill ... "I'm more concerned now that my aunt had a double mastectomy because I know some breast cancer is hereditary. I'm surprised it's so widespread."

Last Time Out - at #22/22 Wyoming - L, 55-70 ... The Cowgirls jumped out to an 11-0 lead as No. 22 Wyoming beat New Mexico, 70-55, on Sunday. Jessica Kielpinski led New Mexico with a career-high 13 points. Sophomore Georonika Jackson also scored a career-high nine points in 10 minutes of action for the Lobos. Jodi Bolerjack hit three 3-pointers during an 18-2 run to open the game. But New Mexico scored 15 of the next 22 points to pull to 25-17 with 5:07 left in the first half. The teams traded runs for much of the rest of the half until Bolerjack hit her fourth 3 and Hanna Zavecz converted a coast-to-coast layup to push the lead to 37-25 at the break.

No. 275 for Flanagan; No. 400 On The Horizon ... Already the winningest basketball coach in New Mexico history, Don Flanagan earned his 275th collegiate win on Feb. 6 at Colorado State, 74-47. Flanagan is closing in on another coaching milestone, his 400th collegiate game. It will happen on Feb. 17, 2008 at TCU.

Crowd Factor ... Lobo women's basketball crowds at The Pit have ranked in the NCAA Top Five in average attendance for the past seven years. The Lobos cracked the 8,000 average mark for the first time this season following the Dec. 18 crowd of 8,711 against Stanford. UNM is averaging 8,407 fans in 14 home games of the season and had three consecutive games of 8,700+ in attendance from Dec. 15-21. The largest crowd at The Pit this season was 11,942 against UNLV on Feb. 2.

About San Diego State (13-8, 4-5) ... The Aztecs got off to a rough start in MWC play at 0-4, but finished the first half of the conference season 4-0. The second half has started off with a loss to TCU on Saturday. Jene Morris leads SDSU with 13.4 points per game. Freshman Paris Johnson leads tthe Aztecs with 6.7 rebounds per game.

Kielpinski Making Impact ... Freshman Jessica Kielpinski scored a career-high 13 points at Wyoming on Feb. 10, coming off the bench for the second game in a row. On Jan. 19 at Air Force, she earned her first collegiate start. She made the most of the opportunity by scoring nine points and grabbing six rebounds. Kielpinski is typically one of the first players off the bench for Don Flanagan. Kielpinski is averaging 18 minutes, 5.6 points and 3.5 rebounds so far this season. In the Comcast Lobo Shootout, the Mandan, N.D., native combined for 18 points and nine rebounds, while shooting 50.0 percent from the field.

Jackson Has Career Days ... For the second time in three games, sophomore Georonika Jackson recorded a career high in points. On Feb. 10, Jackson scored nine points in 10 minutes of action at Wyoming. Two games before against UNLV, Jackson had eight points.

Hartill Back to Start ... Junior Angela Hartill made the most of her first start in five games on Feb. 6 at Colorado State. Hartill scored a career-high 16 points on 8 of 11 shooting from the field, including six of the first eight points in the game. Her 8 field goals and 11 attempts were also new career marks.

20-Plus Trifecta ... On Feb. 2 against UNLV, Amy Beggin, Brandi Kimble and Dionne Marsh pulled off something that has never happened in Lobo women's basketball history - three players scoring 20+ points in a game. Beggin recorded a career-high 26 points, while Kimble tied her career-high with 22. Marsh pitched in with 22 points, moving her into third place on the Lobos all-time scoring list.

Doubling Up ... Angela Hartill's 10 points, along with Amy Beggin's 26, Brandi Kimble's 22, and Dionne Marsh's 22 gave the Lobos four players scoring in double figures on Feb. 2 vs. UNLV. It was the third time this season that the Lobos have had four players scoring in double figures in a game (Nov. 10 vs. Dayton; Dec. 7 vs. Norfolk State). The last time the Lobos had five players score in double figures was Nov. 10, 2006 vs. Florida Atlantic (Julie Briody - 17, Katie Montgomery - 16, Dionne Marsh - 13, Angela Hartill - 11, Brandi Kimble -10).

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