Feb. 9, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico (16-6, 5-4 MWC) will host Air Force (4-18. 0-9 MWC) Wednesday at 7 p.m. MT inside The Pit. Lobo head coach Don Flanagan will be going for win No. 300 against the Falcons. Wednesday will be the 26th all-time meeting between the two schools. UNM has won 24 consecutive games against Air Force heading into Wednesday's contest. The game will be available on the radio at 610 AM The Sports Animal with Joe Behrend on the call. Gametracker and live video streaming will be available on www.GoLobos.com.
New Mexico will try to snap a three-game skid Wednesday and improve on its 12-2 home record inside The Pit. The Lobos dropped their last home conference game against Utah, 53-50, on a last second three-pointer. UNM is 2-2 at home during Mountain West Conference play.
Flanagan enters the Air Force game with a 299-132 overall record in 14 seasons at New Mexico. Flanagan will have his fourth shot at No. 300 when the Falcons come into town.
The Lobos defeated Air Force, 73-39, earlier this year inside Clune Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo. UNM had three players reach double figures including 16 points from junior Amy Beggin. Beggin was one rebound shy a double-double after pulling down nine boards. Freshman Sara Halasz had 10 points while senior Angela Hartill chipped in 11. Air Force shot 21.6 percent from the field while UNM made 45.9 percent of its shots.
Air Force coach Ardie McInelly has never beat New Mexico during her career. McInelly is 0-16 against the Cherry and Silver during her 13-year career.
The series dates back to Jan. 2, 1992 when Air Force defeated New Mexico, 61-41, in Colorado Springs, Colo. It was the last and only victory for the Falcons against New Mexico.
The Lobos are coming off a heartbreaking 57-51 loss at UNLV Saturday. UNM had another poor second half and allowed the Lady Rebels to fight their way back for the victory. New Mexico shot 20.7 percent from the field in the second half and was outscored 38-28 in the final 20 minutes. Beggin led UNM with 15 points. Halasz made her sixth start of the year and scored 10 points.
Air Force fell to San Diego State, 55-37, Saturday inside Clune Arena. The Falcons were led by Raimee Beck's 14 points. SDSU's Quenese Davis had a game-high 22 points while sophomore center Paris Johnson had 15 points. Air Force shot 20.8 percent in the game.
Beggin still leads New Mexico in scoring with 15.3 points per game. Beggin currently ranks fourth in the MWC in scoring and third in free throw shooting (88.7). UNM started a different lineup last Saturday for the first time since year in the non-conference. Seniors Angela Hartill and Amanda Adamson were removed from the lineup for sophomore Jessica Kielpinski and Halasz.
Air Force has lost nine straight games and is 4-18 overall. The last Air Force win was against Navy on Jan. 3, 2009, 65-63. Beck leads the Falcons in scoring with 12.6 points a game. Brooke Cultra is chipping in 12.4 points per game along with 6.6 rebounds per contest. Kim Kreke leads Air Force in rebounding with 9.5 boards per game. The Falcons are only averaging 50.3 points per game this season and shooting 33.3 percent from the field.