UNM Women's Basketball Takes On Eastern New Mexico Sunday
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  11/03/2007
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Nov. 3, 2007

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico women's basketball hosts Eastern New Mexico Sunday in the final exhibition game of the year. The Lobos battle the Greyhounds in a final tune up for the regular-season inside The Pit starting at 2 p.m. UNM opens the season on Friday, Nov. 9 against Western Michigan in the Women's Sports Foundation Tournament.

This Week In Lobo Women's Basketball:

Nov. 4 - Eastern New Mexico (Exh.) - 2 p.m. - The Pit

Nov. 9 - Western Michigan - 8 p.m. - The Pit

Live Stats, Audio and Video: Link on www.golobos.com

Lobo Exhibition Games: The Lobos host Division II Eastern New Mexico on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. in their second exhibition game of the season. New Mexico lost to China, 67-61 on Thursday evening to start the exhibition season. The Chinese National Team is currently ranked 10th in the world.

Up Next: The Lobos begin the regular season by hosting the Women's Sports Foundation Tournament, Nov. 9-11, at The Pit. Dayton, Western Michigan, and Northwestern will participate in the tournament.


• Crowd Factor ... Lobo women's basketball crowds at The Pit have ranked in the NCAA Top Five in average attendance for the past seven years. Last season's average was 9,582.

• Marsh In Good Company ... Senior Dionne Marsh joined an elite club of women's basketball players last season as she recorded her 1,000th career point and 500th career rebound. She is one of 12 Lobo women to accomplish this feat.

• Flanagan Winningest Lobo Basketball Coach ... Head coach Don Flanagan became the winningest basketball coach in UNM history, men's and women's, with his 247th career win on Feb. 4, 2007 against Wyoming. Flanagan has a 12-year collegiate coaching record of 263-113.

• Young Pups In The Wolves Den ... Of the 14 players on the Lobo roster, ten are sophomores or freshmen. Dionne Marsh and Brandi Kimble are the only seniors on the Lobo roster, while Angela Hartill and transfer Amanda Adamson are the only juniors. There are five sophomores - Amy Beggin, Georonika Jackson, Valerie Kast, Christian Shelter, and Eileen Weissmann - and five freshmen - Kelsey Ansley, Amanda Best, Jessica Kielpinski, Nikki Nelson, and Porche Torrance.

Exhibition Games ... UNM is 20-4 in exhibition games under Don Flanagan. The Lobos lost their first exhibition game since 1997 on Thursday night when the #10 internationally-ranked Chinese National Team beat the Lobos, 67-61, ending an 18-game winning streak. Today's game against Division II Eastern New Mexico will wrap up the 2007-08 exhibition series. A list of exhibition games under Flanagan follows:

1995 Perth Breakers 99, UNM 55

1995 Women's Armed Forces 68, UNM 67

1996 UNM 63, Mexican Univ. All-Stars 53

1996 UNM 71, Central Texas AAU 50

1997 Houston Flight 65, UNM 57

1997 UNM 70, Slovan Bratislava 63

1998 UNM 81, Houston Flight 60

1998 UNM 75, Uppsala 39

1999 UNM 68, Texlon Turtnov 47

1999 UNM 88, Houston 64

2000 UNM 65, Lokomotiva 57

2000 UNM 89, Houston Flight 85

2001 UNM 84, Houston Flight 80

2001 UNM 85, Denmark Select 44

2002 UNM 94, Houston Flight 50

2003 UNM 67, West Coast All-Stars 56

2003 UNM 78, Houston Flight 76

2004 UNM 85, West Coast All-Stars 55

2004 UNM 72, Houston Flight 57

2005 UNM 75, Fort Lewis 48

2005 UNM 77, Metro State 50

2006 UNM 68, CU-Colorado Springs 34

2006 UNM 82, Vanguard 43

2007 China 67, UNM 61

About Eastern New Mexico ... The Zias, under the direction of second-year head coach Linden Weese, were 14-12 last season and 5-9 in Lone Star Conference South Division competition. The 2007-08 squad has only one senior, Kelsie Hawkins, and 11 freshmen, including Taylor Sauer from Hope Christian in Albuquerque and Kara Bible from Cibola High School.

Home Court Advantage ... One of the great home court advantages in all of college basketball, The Pit begins year No. 30 as the home of Lobo basketball. UNM was 13-2 at home in 2006-07 and won its last six home conference matches. Since Don Flanagan took over the coaching duties in 1995-96, the Lobos have a record of 185-41 in The Pit.

Lobos on Television ... New Mexico will have at least seven games televised this season. The Lobos have three games on CSTV and four on the Mountain Network. In 2004-05, UNM had a school record 11 games televised.

Hitting The 20 Wins Mark ... New Mexico posted 24 wins in 2006-07, marking the seventh consecutive year that UNM has had 20 wins or more. In head coach Don Flanagan's 12 years, the Lobos have recorded nine 20 win seasons compared to none prior to his arrival. New Mexico has also had 11 consecutive winning seasons under Flanagan. The Lobos continued that success last year finishing 24-9 and reaching the NCAA Tournament for the sixth straight year.

Preseason Mountain West Conference ... Senior all-America candidate Dionne Marsh was named to the All-MWC Preseason Team at Media Days in Denver on Oct. 17. Marsh is a three-time all-MWC selection and two-time MWC Tournament Most Valuable Player. The Lobos were picked fourth overall in the preseason coaches and media poll.

Red Cross Unit ... Dionne Marsh has been cleared to play after successful back surgery over the summer ... Valerie Kast is recovering from hip surgery and is expected to be at full speed by December ... Nikki Nelson will miss the 2007-08 season due to a knee injury suffered in a pickup game in August.

Hosting, Again ... The Pit will be the site of the NCAA Women's Basketball First and Second Rounds in 2008 and 2009. The dates in 2008 are March 22 and 24. For more information about the tournament, including ticket sales, go to golobos.com.