Jan. 14, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The 25th-ranked New Mexico women's basketball team battles BYU Saturday inside the Marriott Center in Provo, Utah at 3 p.m. The Lobos are 13-2 overall and 2-0 in the Mountain West Conference while the Cougars are 12-2 and 2-0 in league play. UNM has won 10 of its last 11 games and four of the last five meetings with BYU. The game will be available via radio at 610 AM The Sports Animal with live video and stats on www.GoLobos.com.
Saturday will be the 62nd meeting between BYU and New Mexico. The Cougars lead the all-time series 36-25 but the Lobos have won four of the last five games. UNM and BYU split during the regular-season last year but the Lobos won the MWC Championship game in Las Vegas.
The last time UNM and BYU met was in the opening round of the MWC Championship inside the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. The Lobos cruised to an easy first round victory over the Cougars, 59-41. UNM has won the last two games in the Marriott Center including a 55-45 decision last year.
New Mexico is off to its best start since the 2004-05 season and is led by one of the top players in the MWC in junior Amy Beggin. Beggin is averaging 15.9 points per game and is third on the team in rebounding with 4.9 rebounds per contest. Beggin ranks ninth nationally in free throw percentage after hitting 89.3 percent of her shots from the charity stripe. Senior Angela Hartill is chipping in 12 points a game and senior Amanda Adamson leads the team in rebounding with 6.8 boards per outing.
BYU is one of the hottest teams in the country and rides a 10-game winning streak into Saturday's game. The Cougars are coming off back-to-back conference wins including an upset at TCU Tuesday. BYU defeated the Horned Frogs, 62-46.
Saturday will also feature the eighth straight season that BYU head coach Jeff Judkins and New Mexico head coach Don Flanagan have battled on the hardwood. Judkins is 7-10 all-time against the Lobos while Flanagan is 19-11 against the Cougars.
Both squads are undefeated in conference play at 2-0. BYU is 6-1 at home this season.
Following Saturday's game, UNM will return home to face San Diego State on Jan. 21 and TCU on Jan. 25.