Jan. 7, 2009
New Mexico got off to a quick start and never looked back in a 75-49 rout over UNLV in the Mountain West Conference opener for both schools. UNM improved to 12-2, 1-0 in the MWC. The Lady Rebels fall to 7-7, 0-1 in the conference.
A crowd of 7,772 was on hand to witness the Lobos' 11th straight home win, the fourth-longest in school history. UNM has won four straight against UNLV and seven in a row over the Lady Rebels at home.
UNLV scored first, but senior Angela Hartill answered with a 3-pointer and it was all UNM the rest of the night. The Lobos led 48-22 at halftime.
After missing six of their first eight shots, the Lobos made 17 of their final 27 attempts to end the half at 54% (19-35), including 8 of 15 from 3-point.
Junior Eileen Weissman scored 11 points in the first half, connecting on all four of her field goals and three 3s. She finished with 13 points, a team-high 7 rebounds and a career-high 5 steals.
While New Mexico's performance in the first half was stellar, its play fell off somewhat after halftime. The Lobos hit just 26% of their field goals (9-34) and were of 1 of 12 from 3-point after the break. UNM did tie a season-low with 11 turnovers.
Shamela Hampton led the Lady Rebels with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
The Lobos visit Air Force Saturday afternoon. Tip-off is 2 p.m. The next home game is Jan. 21 against San Diego State.