Jan. 17, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico women's basketball travels to Colorado Spring, Colo., Saturday to battle Air Force at 2 p.m. in the Clune Fieldhouse. The Lobos are 9-7 overall and 1-2 in conference play. The Falcons are 6-9 overall and 0-3 in the Mountain West Conference. The game is available on radio via 610 AM with Joe Behrend calling the action.
This Week In Lobo Basketball
Game #17 at Air Force Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008 2 p.m.
Clune Fieldhouse Colorado Springs, Colo.
Live Stats, Audio and Video: www.GoLobos.com, All-Access
Radio: 610 AM (The Sports Animal) - Joe Behrend will call the action from Colorado Springs.
Against Air Force: This will be the 23rd meeting between the Lobos and Falcons. New Mexico has a commanding lead in the series, 21-1, including a 21-game win streak. The Lobos are 9-1 in Colorado Springs.
Up Next: The Lobos continue their road travels at Utah on Wednesday, Jan. 23. Game time at the Huntsman Center is set for 7 p.m.
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 8,065 fans in 12 home games of the season and had three consecutive games of 8,700+ in attendance from Dec. 15-21.
Marsh Named MWC Player of the Week ... Dionne Marsh carried the Lobos into MWC play, scoring a season-high 24 points against Wyoming on Jan. 9 and chipping in 21 points at San Diego State Saturday. The Flower Mound, Texas native pulled down 13 rebounds in two games and had five blocks against the Aztecs.
Mark Your Calendars ... The Lobos will be hosting several big promotions over the remainder of the regular season.
PACK THE PIT sponsored by Santa Ana Star Casino - Saturday, Feb. 2 vs. UNLV at 7 p.m. - Special Ticket Prices - $4 for Adults, $2 for Children - Sports Watch giveaway.
THINK PINK sponsored by the UNM Cancer Center and UNM Hospital, in conjuction with the WBCA's annual breast cancer awareness initiative.
Last Time Out - vs. TCU - L, 54-57 ... Amy Beggin scored a game-high 19 points for New Mexico, as the Lobos lost to TCU, 57-54, Tuesday night at The Pit. Beggin, a sophomore guard out of Maplewood Minn., was 5 of 16 from the field, including 4 of 12 from the three-point arc. She also recorded a career-high five steals. With the Lady Frogs taking an early 15-11 lead with 8:06 to go in the first half, Heather Roden hit a three from the corner to spark a 21-9 TCU run to end the first half, and make the score 36-20 at the break. The 16-point Lady Frog lead was TCU's largest lead of the first half. The Lobos 20 first-half points tied their lowest output of the season. The Lobos opened the second half with a 16-6 run to cut the Lady Frogs lead to eight, 42-36 with 12:52 left in the contest. TCU came back with a 13-4 run to push the lead back to 55-40. The Lobos battled back once again with a 14-1 run, to cut the Lady Frog lead to 56-54 with 16.7 seconds remaining. Adrianne Ross hit one of two free throws with 8.1 remaining to secure the 57-54 Lady Frogs win.
About Air Force (6-9, 0-3) ... The Falcons, under the direction of head coach Ardie McInelly, are 6-9 on the season and 0-3 in Mountain West play, following last night's 75-59 loss to Wyoming. AFA is led by Alecia Steele with 15.0 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. Steele is the second-leading rebounder in the Mountain West. Pamela Findlay is one of the most accurate shooters in the league ranked eighth in field goal percentage, third in free throw percentage, and first in three-point percentage.
RPI Watch Underway ... This is the time of year that teams hoping for a post-season NCAA bid start watching their RPI as much as the national polls put out by the Associated Press and ESPN, USA Today and the coaches. The official NCAA RPI reports were first released in early January. There are at least three other unofficial RPI rankings that teams keep an eye on late in the season - collegerpi.com, The Women's RPI Report, and Jeff Sagarin.