Dec. 4, 2005
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The No. 21 University of New Mexico women's basketball team will hit the road for the second time this season, with a trip to No. 13 Arizona State. Both teams are 6-1 on the season and both have wins over teams in the top-25. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, from Wells Fargo Arena and all the action can be heard on KNML 610 AM.
TONIGHT'S GAME: Tonight's game features the No. 21/21 Lobos of the University of New Mexico against the No. 13/15 Sun Devils of Arizona State University in a non-conference match-up. This is the second time this season that UNM will play ranked teams in back-to-back games, with the Lobos going 1-1 the first time.
SCOUTING THE LOBOS: UNM is 6-1 on the season with a 69-52 victory over Oral Roberts in the first round of the preseason WNIT, a 55-46 win over Cal in the second round, a 74-63 loss to No. 22 Oklahoma in the WNIT semifinals, a 76-68 win at No. 12 Texas, a 61-54 win over Marist, a 56-52 win over Oklahoma State and a 62-44 victory over No. 10 Minnesota. New Mexico is led in scoring by sophomore Dionne Marsh at 15.6 ppg. Senior Abbie Letz leads the team in rebounding at 6.7 rpg., while junior Katie Montgomery leads UNM in assists at 4.3 apg.
SCOUTING THE SUN DEVILS: Arizona State is currently 6-1 on the season with wins over Vanderbilt (69-60), Missouri (69-54), at San Diego (67-63), Mississippi State (70-48), Memphis (103-57) and Western Kentucky (78-64) and a loss to North Carolina (79-72). The Sun Devils are led in scoring and rebounding by Kristen Kovesdy at 13.1 ppg. and 7.1 rpg. Both Jill Noe and Emily Westerberg lead ASU in assists at 3.3 apg.
THE COACHES: UNM is led by head coach Don Flanagan who in his 11th season at New Mexico. Flanagan is 223-95 at UNM. Arizona State is under the direction of head coach Charli Turner Thorne who begins her 10th season at ASU and 13th overall. Turner Thorne is 151-123 at the helm of the Sun Devils and 191-163 overall.
THE SERIES: This will be the 15th meeting between Arizona State and New Mexico. The Lobos hold an 8-6 advantage over the Sun Devils including a 3-2 edge in Tempe. The last time the two teams met was Dec. 18, 2004, in Albuquerque, with UNM taking a 61-45 victory. The last meeting in Tempe was Dec. 11, 1996, with the Lobos winning 68-55.