Lobo Women's Basketball Falls at Colorado State, 67-60
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/23/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Jan. 23, 2010

Box Score

FORT COLLINS, Colo. --- New Mexico women's basketball team shot 29 percent from the field -- 22 percent in the first half -- and fell at Colorado State 67-60 in Moby Arena Saturday afternoon.

The Lobos played catch up for most of the game but it was a late 3-pointer by Bonnie Barbee that helped lift the Rams past UNM after UNM had scratched to a 60-60 tie. Barbee hit her trey, her only field goal of the game, with 1:02 to play.

UNM's Jessica Kielpinski then missed a 3-pointer and Lobo Amanda Best fouled CSU's Meghan Heimstra with 38 seconds to play. The Ram converted both free shots and CSU was up 65-60.

The Lobos then turned the ball over and CSU finished the win at the line. The Rams scored the final seven points of the game.

The Lobos trailed by as many as 10 points in the second half, 36-26 at the 18:10 mark, but rallied to tie the game at 49-all and 51-all before UNM slipped into leads of 53-52 and 55-54.

CSU snapped a 13-game skid against New Mexico and improved to 11-7 overall and 3-2 in Mountain West Conference play. The Lobos slipped to 11-7 on the year and 3-3 in conference play.

Senior Amy Beggin had a team-high 17 points in 40 minutes of action for the Lobos. Sophomore Sara Halasz added 10 points and hit a late 3-pointer to tie the game at 60-all. Junior Kielpinski scored the first eight points for UNM in the second half and finished with 13. Despite the late rally, New Mexico shot 20-of-69 from the field and hit nine 3-pointers.

The Lobos' shooting woes were apparent early as UNM didn't get its eighth point of the game until Beggin hit a 3-pointer at the 11:54 mark of the first half. In that half, the Lobos struggled through a 10 1/2-minute stretch in which only Beggin scored for UNM.

The Lobos led 19-18 in the first half before CSU rallied to take a 29-24 lead into the halfway break.

Colorado State shot 42.9 percent from the field and took 27 less shots than the Lobos. The Rams won the game at the free throw line. CSU hit 26-of-34 free throws compared to 11-of-14 for UNM.

Chatil Van Grinsven and Kim Mestdagh both had 20 points to lead the way for Colorado State. Heimstra chipped in 14.

The Lobos did however outrebound the Rams 43-to-39 and forced CSU into 20 turnovers. UNM just could not overcome its early shooting struggles. The Lobos got eight rebounds from Halasz.

Saturday marked the first win for CSU over New Mexico since Feb. 5, 2004, 72-57. The Rams already have their most wins since the 2004-05 season.

New Mexico will play at BYU Wednesday. The game is set for a 7 p.m. MT tipoff and will be broadcast nationally on BYU-TV. For more information visit GoLobos.com.