Jan. 29, 2004
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico Lobos dominated the Aztecs of San Diego State at The Pit by a score of 76-42. The Lobos improve to 11-6 on the season and 3-1 in the Mountain West Conference, while the Aztecs fall to 6-11 on the season and 1-3 in conference play.
The Lobos managed to get every member of the team on the score board for the second time this season. The Lobos were led by senior forward Melissa Forest's 11 points and six rebounds. Mandi Moore and Jenny Shetters also chipped in 10 points each.
The Aztecs did not score a field goal until the 6:07 mark of the first half, going 0-19 before the bucket. The Lobos defense held the Aztecs to only 11 first half points, marking the fifth time this season that UNM held a team to less than 20 first half points.
UNM headed into the locker room with their best first half field goal shooting percentage on the season, going 16-25 from the field (64 percent). The Lobos nailed 5 of 8 first half attempts from beyond the arc.
The Aztecs managed to improve their poor shooting average during the second half, going 11 of 26 (42.3 percent) from the field and 2 of 6 for 3-pointers. The Aztecs were led by Courtney Fritz and Candace Mattson who each scored 11 points.
The Lobos finished the game draining 24 of 46 attempts (52.2 percent) from the field and 7 of 13 attempts (53.8 percent) from the 3-point line. UNM also made over 77 percent of their attempts from the charity stripe (21-27).
The Lobos return to The Pit on Saturday night to host the UNLV Lady Rebels. Tip off is scheduled for 7 pm.
-The New Mexico Lobos are ranked the best defensive team in NCAA Division I basketball according to the NCAA rankings released on Jan. 26. UNM is first in scoring defense, allowing only 50.7 ppg and first in field goal percentage defense at 32.7 percent a game.
-The victory marked the ninth time this season that every Lobo player has seen playing time.
-The Lobos have had three or more players score in double figures six times this season. The last time came against BYU (Jan. 22).
-Coach Don Flanagan has used eleven different starting lineups during the season.