Dec. 7, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The New Mexico women's basketball team will host North Texas Tuesday at 7 p.m. inside The Pit. The Lobos are 7-1 on the season and face the Mean Green who enters with a 4-3 overall mark. New Mexico has won four consecutive games and remains undefeated at home at 7-0. The game will be available on 610 AM The Sports Animal and through the UNM athletics website at www.GoLobos.com. Live video streaming, gametracker and radio links are available for every home women's basketball game.
New Mexico women's basketball is coming off an 80-48 victory over New Mexico State Thursday night. The Lobos were led by junior Valerie Kast who scored a career-high 18 points and five blocks. The Lobos extended their home winning streak against the Aggies to 13 games and improved to 7-1 on the season.
UNDEFEATED INSIDE THE PIT - The Lobos are 7-1 on the season and up their undefeated home record on the line against UNT Tuesday. UNM is 7-0 inside The Pit this season. New Mexico has won two tournaments at home this season and picked up wins over DePaul and Nebraska. The Blue Demons and Cornhuskers were both receiving votes prior to UNM knocking them off. The latest victory inside The Pit was Thursday against New Mexico State in the Rio Grande Rivalry.
SCOUTING NORTH TEXAS - The Mean Green roll into Albuquerque with a 4-3 overall record and have four players averaging in double figures. Amber Jackson leads the team in scoring and rebounding with 15.1 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. North Texas is shooting 41.2 percent from the field and 70.7 from the free throw line.
SERIES INFORMATION AGAINST THE MEAN GREEN - The Lobos trail the all-time series against North Texas, 1-2. However, UNM won the last meeting on Dec. 4, 1998 in Albuquerque, 66-53. Don Flanagan is 1-1 all-time against the Mean Green. The series dates back to 1993.
NORTH TEXAS COMING OFF VICTORY - UNT is coming off a 71-67 victory over Valparaiso Saturday. The Mean Green were led by Amber Jackson who scored 15 points and had 10 rebounds. Torrian Timms led the team with 11 boards. North Texas only shot 33.8 percent from the field but took 15 more shots than Valpo. The Mean Green trailed at the half, 38-27, but rallied to score 44 second-half points for the victory.
KAST SHINES AGAINST AGGIES - Junior Valerie Kast dominated New Mexico State Thursday night. The 6-6 center, hit eight of her 10 shots and finished the game with a career-high 18 points. Kast was a machine defensively recording a career-high five blocks and pulling down four rebounds.
REMAINING NON-CONFERENCE - UNM only has five non-conference games remaining on the schedule and two are on the road. The Lobos host North Texas and Texas Tech this week. The matchup with the Red Raiders Saturday will be televised live on the Mountain West Sports Network at 6 p.m. Three of the final five non-conference games will be televised. The UTEP game will be aired on My50-TV in Albuquerque and the NMSU game in Las Cruces will be on Aggie Vision.
RPI UPDATE - New Mexico enters the week with a RPI ranking of 30 and a strength of schedule at 78. North Texas has a 184 RPI ranking and a strength of schedule of 253. The Mountain West Conference ranks ninth in the RPI while the ACC currently leads the conference RPI rankings.
FLANAGAN CLOSING IN ON WIN No. 300 - New Mexico head coach Don Flanagan is closing in on win No. 300 this season. Flanagan has an overall record of 290-127 in 14 seasons at UNM. Flanagan has guided the Lobos to 12 straight winning seasons and reached the 20-wins plateau 10 times. Flanagan is the winningest coach in New Mexico basketball history.
RIO GRANDE RIVALRY - Junior Valerie Kast led a productive Lobo bench with 18 points and 5 blocks - both career-highs - to lead New Mexico to a resounding 80-48 victory over New Mexico State in front of 8,139 fans at The Pit on Dec.4. The Lobos won their fourth straight game while improving to 7-1 on the season. The Aggies fell to 3-4.
UNM beat New Mexico State for the 13th straight time at The Pit. New Mexico also picked up 1.5 points in the Rio Grande Rivalry to take a 9-3 lead over NMSU in the 2008-09 standings.
Led by Kast, the Lobo reserves scored a whopping 51 points. Freshman Lauren Taylor set career-highs with 11 points and 5 assists while fellow freshman Sara Halasz chipped in with 11 points. Senior Angela Hartill paced UNM early, scoring 11 of her 15 points in the first half.
SHOOTING THE LIGHTS OUT - The Lobos shot a season-high 53.6 percent (30-56) from the field Thursday against New Mexico State. UNM had four players in double figures including 18 points from junior Valerie Kast. The UNM bench outscored its starters 51-to-29 in the contest. New Mexico shot 75 percent from the charity stripe against the Aggies hitting 15 of its 20 shots.
LOBO OVERVIEW - UNM seems to have everything heading in the right direction with a 7-1 overall record and an undefeated home record. The Lobos are shooting 40 percent from the field and 78 percent from the free throw line. UNM is currently receiving votes in both polls and has steadily climbed on its four-game winning streak. Junior Amy Beggin leads the team in scoring with 14.1 points. Senior Angela Hartill is the only other Lobo averaging in double figures with 13.0 points per game. Sophomore Jessica Kielpinski has regained the team lead in rebounding with 5.8 boards per game.
ATTENDANCE FIGURES - New Mexico continues to rank among the nations best in home attendance. The Lobos have played seven games inside The Pit this season and are currently averaging 7,390 fans per game. Thursday night against New Mexico State, UNM has a season-high 8,139 fans in the crowd.
UNM OFF TO ONE OF ITS BEST STARTS - The Lobos are 7-1 and off to their best starts since the 2004-05 season. UNM has started 7-1 or better five times in school history and four times under head coach Don Flanagan. The best start in the Flanagan era was 9-0 in his second season, 1996-97.
SCORING 60 - The Lobos are 47-1 when scoring at least 60 points over the past three seasons. When the Lobos score under 60 points, the record is 4-21, 0-1 in 2008-09. The last time New Mexico lost a game in which it scored 60 points was in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament against West Virginia inside The Pit, 61-60.