Jan. 19, 2008
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. --- New Mexico sophomore Amy Beggin recorded a team-high 20 points to lead the Lobos to a 75-45 victory over Air Force at Clune Arena on Saturday afternoon. Beggin was one of three Lobos to score in double figures as New Mexico improved to 10-7 overall and 2-2 in the Mountain West Conference.
"We started out a bit reluctant, then got hot on our shooting," said Lobo head coach Don Flanagan. "Brandi (Kimble) got hot. Amy (Beggin) got hot hitting her three's and all of a sudden we're a three-point shooting team."
New Mexico had one of its best three-point shooting games of the season with a season-high 13 long-range field goals made, and the second-best percentage of the season at 61.9 percent. The 13 three-point field goals are just two short of the UNM record of 15 set in 1996 against BYU and Tennessee State in 2003. It is the 153rd consecutive game that the Lobos have made at least one three-point basket.
Beggin and Brandi Kimble set individual career-highs in three-point shooting with six made for Beggin and four for Kimble. Beggin hit her first two early in the game to give the Lobos an 8-2 lead. Kimble hit her first two of the game late in the first half to keep New Mexico on track, 27-19.
The Lobos took a 29-21 lead into the locker room at halftime. UNM held Air Force scoreless for the last 4:39 of the first half, continuing the defense for the first 3:33 of the second half. The Lobos went on a 9-0 run to start the second frame, building a 38-21 lead.
New Mexico never allowed the Falcons to get any closer than a 15-point difference at 38-23.
Along with Beggin's 20 points, Kimble scored 16 and led New Mexico with seven rebounds. Dionne Marsh, this week's Mountain West Conference Player of the Week, pitched in with 14 points and five rebounds.
Jessica Kielpinski made her first start of the season, coming up with nine points and six rebounds. Angela Hartill, in her first game off the bench this season, also had nine points and six rebounds, and led the Lobos with four assists.
Up next for New Mexico will be a game on the road at Utah on Wednesday, Jan. 23. Game time in Salt Lake City is set for 7 p.m.