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No. 23 New Mexico Hosts San Diego State Wednesday in The Pit
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/19/2009
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

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Jan. 19, 2009

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The 23rd-ranked New Mexico women's basketball team will host San Diego State Wednesday inside The Pit at 7 p.m. live on KASY My50-TV. The Lobos have tied their best start in school history at 14-2 overall and 3-0 in the Mountain West Conference. The Aztecs are 11-4 on the year and 2-1 in league play. UNM has won 11 of its last 12 games and 19 straight against SDSU. The game will also be available via radio at 610 AM The Sports Animal with live video and stats on www.GoLobos.com.

Wednesday will be the 39th all-time meeting between New Mexico and San Diego State on the hardwood. The Lobos lead the series 25-13 and have won 11 of 16 inside The Pit. Lobo head coach Don Flanagan is an impressive 25-3 all-time against the Aztecs and has led UNM to 19 consecutive wins against SDSU. New Mexico swept all three games last season with San Diego State including a 62-59 thriller in the Mountain West Conference Championship game played in Las Vegas.

The Lobos will try to set a new school record Wednesday night against the Aztecs for the best start in Lobo history. UNM has never started a season off 15-2 and have only reached the 14-2 mark twice. The Lobos have won three straight with the victory at BYU Saturday.

New Mexico is coming off a thrilling 61-57 win over BYU on the road in Provo, Utah Saturday. The Lobos had four players score in double figures and shot 38 percent from the field. UNM seniors Amanda Adamson and Angela Hartill chipped in 11 points each while sophomore Amanda Best also had 11 and junior Amy Beggin had 10. The Lobos snapped a 10-game winning streak by BYU and remained undefeated in conference play.

Junior Amy Beggin is making her case for the MWC Player of the Year award through the first 16 games. Beggin currently leads New Mexico with 15.5 points per game and has reached double figures in 15 of 16 games. Senior Angela Hartill has emerged as a scoring threat for the Lobos and is chipping in 11.9 points and pulling down 4.9 rebounds per game. Senior Amanda Adamson leads UNM in rebounding with 6.8 a game.

San Diego State has won seven of its last eight games including an upset over No. 4 Texas, 60-55, on Dec. 30. The Aztecs are one of the most talented teams in the Mountain West Conference and were picked second in the MWC Preseason Coaches Poll. Sophomore Paris Johnson is leading SDSU with 15.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. The Aztecs have three players averaging in double figures this season.

SDSU is fifth in the league standings as of Monday with a 2-1 record. The Aztecs only loss came on the road at Utah on Jan. 11. San Diego State is 1-2 this season against nationally-ranked teams. The Aztecs rank eighth nationally in blocks per game with 6.1 and 12th nationally in steals per game with 12.1.

Beth Burns leads the Aztecs into The Pit Wednesday with a career record of 276-205 all-time and is creeping up on win No. 200 at SDSU. Burns, who is in her second stint at the school, is 195-140 as the head coach in San Diego.

QUICK HITTERS -

  • UNM's Associate Head Coach Yvonne Sanchez was an assistant at San Diego State from 1999-00.

  • The Lobos have made a three-pointer in 185 consecutive games. Wednesday's game will be the 867th all-time for New Mexico is 31 seasons. UNM is 480-386 all-time.

  • UNM Head Coach Don Flanagan will try to creep towards win No. 300 Wednesday. Flanagan has a career record of 297- 128 in 14 seasons.

  • The Lobos are ranked for the third week this season and enter the week ranked 23rd by the Associate Press.

  • Junior Amy Beggin has scored in double figures in 15 of 16 games this season. Beggin recorded her 250th rebound Saturday at BYU and has 252 during her career. She is 7th all-time in career three-pointers at New Mexico with 110 and ninth in assists with 267.

  • Junior Valerie Kast needs a block to move into sole possession of 10th place on the all-time UNM career blocks list. Kast has 52 career rejections and is currently tied for 10th with Jana Francis.
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