Feb. 10, 2011
The University of New Mexico women's basketball team hosts Colorado State at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The Lobos are coming off a loss on Tuesday and hope to get things rolling with two home games. New Mexico will be looking for a win at home against the Rams, who beat the Lobos earlier this season. New Mexico will be hosting "Youth Day" on Saturday. All tickets will be $2 for youth ages 2-18. GameTracker and live video streaming will be provided for Saturday's game on GoLobos.com. The game can be heard live on 610 AM The Sports Animal and on GoLobos.com.
Saturday's game is sponsored by Dairy Queen and 92.3 KRST Country.
ON THE HORIZON - "Think Pink" Night
New Mexico will take on San Diego State at 6 p.m. on Feb. 15 for "Think Pink" night. The Lobo players will wear pink uniforms, courtesy of UNM Hospitals. Fans wearing pink to the game will be eligible to purchase $4 tickets. The first 4,500 fans to the game will also receive a Lobo Lucy bobble head doll courtesy of UNM Hospitals. The game against the Aztecs will also be broadcast live on The Mtn. Sports Network. The Mtn. can be seen on Comcast channel 276 and DirecTV channel 616.
SCOUTING COLORADO STATE
Colorado State comes into Saturday's game with a 12-10 record overall and a 5-4 record in conference play. Colorado State split both games last week, beating San Diego State and losing to Wyoming. The Rams beat the Aztecs, 56-51 on Feb. 2. Colorado State shot 48.9 percent on the floor and 33.3 percent from long range against San Diego State. The Rams fell to the Cowgirls, 74-55 on Feb. 5. Colorado State shot 45.1 percent on the floor, but grabbed only 18 rebounds compared to Wyoming's 35 rebounds.
Junior Kim Mestdagh led the team last week in scoring, averaging 25.2 points in two games. Freshman Sam Martin also averaged in double figures last week, scoring 12 points a game. Mestdagh leads the team in scoring this season, averaging 17.7 points a game. Martin leads the team in rebounding, grabbing 6.1 rebounds a game. Martin also averages 12.4 points a game this season. Sophomore Chantel Kennedy leads the team in assists, dishing out 2.9 a game.
Saturday's game between New Mexico and Colorado State will be the 65th meeting between the two schools. The Lobos lead the all-time series 35-29 after losing to the Rams earlier in the season on Jan. 12. Colorado State beat New Mexico in Fort Collins, Colo., 71-60.
LAST TIME AT COLORADO STATE
New Mexico fell to Colorado State, 71-60 on Jan. 12 in its first road game of conference play. Senior Amanda Best led the team in scoring and rebounding with 14 points and eight rebounds. Freshman Jasmine Patterson scored in double figures with 11 points, which included a career-high seven free throws made. Despite the Lobos tying a season-high 90.5 percent (19-21) from the free-throw line, New Mexico struggled from long range shooting only 19.2 percent (5-26) behind the arc. Colorado State had four players score in double figures as well as shooting 42.6 percent on the floor to get the win.
LAST TIME OUT
New Mexico fell to Wyoming, 78-65 on Feb. 8 in the Arena Auditorium. The Lobos shot 41.3 percent on the floor and 43.5 percent from long range against the Cowgirls. However, New Mexico was called on 20 fouls, compared to Wyoming's seven fouls. Those fouls contributed to 11 points for the Cowgirls. Freshman Jasmine Patterson led the Lobos in scoring with 17 points off of a tying her career-high seven field goals made. Senior Amanda Best and sophomore Caroline Durbin both scored in double figures with 14 and 10 points, respectively. Junior Porche Torrance led the team in rebounding with eight rebounds.
Amanda Best currently leads New Mexico in three categories this season: scoring, rebounding and assists. The senior is averaging 10.4 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists a game this season. Best is also beginning to find her role as the Lobos' point guard. Due to an injury by guard Nikki Nelson prior to the season beginning, the forward was given the role as point guard. Best had her finest game as point guard against Air Force on Feb. 2. The senior had a career-high eight assists along with 15 points and nine rebounds.
FLANAGAN NEARING MILESTONE
Head coach Don Flanagan is nearing an impressive milestone this season. That milestone will be coaching his 500th collegiate basketball game for the Lobos. Flanagan is currently in his 16th season and boasts a 335-163 (.673) record at New Mexico. Flanagan has coached a total of 498 games in his collegiate career and will reach his 500th game on Feb. 15 against San Diego State in The Pit.
QUICK HITS -
- In 21 games, Coach Flanagan has changed his starting lineup 11 different times this season.
- UNM is 220-57 (.794) at home under Flanagan.
- UNM is in its 33rd season of women's basketball and has an overall record of 516-422.
- Flanagan is 335-163 all-time as the Lobos head man. Flanagan has guided UNM to 14 consecutive winning seasons and 13 straight postseason tournaments.
- The Lobos have compiled a 147-84 (.636) overall record in conference action under Flanagan. New Mexico has a 111-62 (.642) record in Mountain West Conference games.