New Mexico Travels to UTEP
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  12/18/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Dec. 18, 2010

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The University of New Mexico women's basketball team will be traveling to El Paso, Texas to take on UTEP, Monday at 6 p.m. MT. The game can be heard live on 610 AM The Sports Animal and on GoLobos.com. Gametracker will also be provided for Monday's game on GoLobos.com.

The Lobos enter Monday's game with a 5-5 record after a near upset over No. 11/13 Oklahoma on Dec. 12. With 30 seconds left in the game, The Lobos were up 60-59 after two made free throws by Porche Torrance. The Sooners had possession of the ball with 16 seconds left in the game when Torrance stole the ball from Oklahoma's Aaryn Ellenberg. The Sooners fouled on an in-bounds pass to Jessica Kielpinski with 15 seconds left. New Mexico was unable to make its free throw allowing Oklahoma to rebound the ball and go in for a layup with five seconds left on the clock. Down by one, the Lobos had possession of the ball, but turned it over sending Oklahoma to the line after a Kielpinski foul with three seconds left. The Sooners' Morgan Hook made both free throws to extend their lead and end the game ahead 63-60.

New Mexico only has one more non-conference game left in the season as they host Rio Grande Rival New Mexico State on Dec. 30. The Lobos will take on the Aggies in The Pit at 7 p.m.

The Lobos will begin the new year at home on Jan. 8 as they take on Wyoming in their first game of conference action. The game against Wyoming will be broadcast live on CBS College Sports. Fans can view CBS College Sports on Comcast channel 274, DirecTV channel 613, and Dish channel 152.

The Miners are 5-3 this season prior to their game on Friday night against Texas State. UTEP was beaten in its last game on Dec. 11 at UC Santa Barbara, 68-50. The Miners' last win came on Dec. 3 when they beat Cal State Northridge, 79-59 at home. UTEP and New Mexico have played two of the same teams so far this season: UC Irvine and New Mexico State. The Miners and the Lobos both beat UC Irvine 72-57 and 71-59, respectively. UTEP fell to New Mexico State, 80-75 in overtime, while New Mexico beat the Aggies, 58-49.

Junior Dietra Caldwell leads the Miners in scoring, averaging 10.4 points per game. Off the bench, junior Gloria Brown is second on the team in scoring with 10.3 points per game. Freshman Kayla Thornton leads UTEP on the boards, averaging 7.5 rebounds per game. Freshman Kelli Willingham leads the offense, dishing out 4.1 assists per game.

New Mexico currently leads the all-time series, 30-13 and is 11-3 under coach Flanagan. The Lobos last win came on Dec. 16, 2008 when they won in The Pit, 66-43. UTEP's last win came the year prior on Dec. 30, 2007 when they won 57-53 at home.

There are two key factors that the Lobos need to follow in order to win games: make opponents score 59 points or less and outscore opponents in the second half. So far this season New Mexico is 5-1 when the opponent scores 59 or less. The Lobos are 4-0 when they outscore their opponent in the second half.

There are a few other factors that lend hand to victories for the Lobos. When the Lobos win they average 10.2 more rebounds per game than when they lose. New Mexico averages 49.4 rebounds per game when it wins, but averages only 39.2 rebounds per game when it loses. Another factor for the success of the Lobos is to hold their opponents to shooting under 30 percent in both field goal percentage and in 3-point field goal percentage. When New Mexico wins, its opponents shoot on average 28.5 percent on the floor and 22.9 percent from long range. When New Mexico loses, its opponents average 41.1 percent on the floor and 41.3 percent from long range.

Oklahoma native Morgan Toben was back in her home state on Sunday when the Lobos took on No. 11/13 Oklahoma inside the Lloyd Noble Center. The freshman had a career-high 12 points making a career-high four 3-pointers during the game. With all shots made behind the 3-point line, Toben shot a solid 66.7 percent (4-6) on the floor and from long range.

- In the 10 games played so far, Coach Flanagan has changed the starting lineup six different times this season.
- UNM is 218-53 (.804) at home under Flanagan.
- UNM is in its 33rd season of women's basketball and has an overall record of 513-414.
- Flanagan is 332-155 all-time as the Lobos head man. Flanagan has guided UNM to 14 consecutive winning seasons and 13 straight postseason tournaments.

It's only 10 games into the season and freshman Jasmine Patterson has already stamped her name into the Lobo records book. On Dec. 7 in The Pit against Arizona, Patterson had a career-high seven steals during the game. Those seven steals put Patterson tied for seventh on the all-time record books for most steals in a game.

The freshman guard scored a career-high 18 points against No. 11/13 Oklahoma on Dec. 12 in her first collegiate start of her career. Patterson's 18 points are the highest points per game by a freshman in the past five years and the fourth highest in the past 10 years.