Dec. 21, 2007
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico point guard Amy Beggin carried the load down the stretch as the Lobos beat New Mexico State, 62-56, Friday night at The Pit. UNM came from behind and outscored the Aggies, 36-27, in the second half to pull out the victory in the Route 66 Casino Hotel Rio Grande Rivalry. Beggin scored a career-high 22 points, including 15 of the Lobos' last 19 points in the game.
New Mexico (8-4) went on a 9-0 run in the second half to cut the NMSU (8-3) lead to 45-43. The Aggies built the lead back up to 50-43, before Beggin started her late-game run at 5:43 with two free throws, 50-45. The points from the charity stripe started a 7-0 with Beggin hitting a three-pointer off of a steal by Angela Hartill to tie the game at 50 at 4:44.
Madison Spence hit a jumper for the Aggies at 4:26 to give NMSU its final lead of the game, 52-50.
The teams swapped turnovers and missed shots, before Beggin hit a three and was fouled for the plus one at 2:46 to give the Lobos the lead for good, 54-52. Starting with that free throw, Beggin was seven of nine from the charity stripe over the last 2:46 of the game.
Freshman Jessica Kielpinski helped Beggin keep the Aggies at bay during the run with a jumper at 1:12, 57-53, after NMSU had closed to within two. Kielpinski finished with eight points on the night.
After moving into fourth place on the Lobos all-time career scoring list on Tuesday against Stanford, senior Dionne Marsh came up with 10 points in the first half against NMSU to keep the score close as the Aggies took a 29-26 lead into the locker room at halftime. Marsh finished the game with 18 points and three rebounds.
Beggin and Kielpinski also led the Lobos with six rebounds each, while Beggin led the team in assists with three.
NMSU was led by Sherell Neal's 17 points and 12 rebounds. The Aggies had three players score in double-figures.
The Lobos will take a short holiday break before heading to UTEP on Sunday, Dec. 30, at 2 p.m. New Mexico begins Mountain West Conference competition on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008, against nationally-ranked Wyoming in The Pit at 8 p.m. The game will be televised on CSTV.