Feb. 6, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico (16-5, 5-3 MWC) battles UNLV (9-12, 2-6 MWC) Saturday in Las Vegas at 3 p.m. PT inside Cox Pavilion. Saturday marks the first game of the second half of the Mountain West Conference. The Lobos are looking to get back on track after dropping their last two conference games and will try to remain in the hunt for one of the top seeds in the conference. The game will be available on 610 AM The Sports Animal with Joe Behrend calling the action. Gametracker will also be available on www.GoLobos.com.
Saturday will be the 38th all-time meeting between New Mexico and UNLV. The Rebels lead the all-time series 21-16 but the Lobos have won the last four games. UNM defeated UNLV, 75-49, earlier this year inside The Pit.
New Mexico cruised past the Rebels in the first meeting earlier this year. The Lobos were led by junior Eileen Weissmann. Weissmann chipped in 13 points, had seven rebounds and recorded a career-high five steals. Weissmann was one of three Lobos to reach double figures. Senior Amanda Adamson had 10 points while junior Amy Beggin had 13. Shamela Hampton led UNLV with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Lobo head coach Don Flanagan will be going for win No. 300 Saturday against the Rebels. Flanagan enters Saturday's game with a 299-131 overall record in 14 years at UNM. Flanagan is 14-11 all-time against the Rebels and has led the Lobos to five wins in the last six meetings with UNLV.
UNLV is 9-12 this season but the Rebels are under the direction of first-year head coach Kathy Olivier. Olivier is 0-3 against the Lobos during her career.
New Mexico is 3-1 on the road during conference action this season. The Lobos are led by Beggin's 15.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. Senior Angela Hartill is the only other Lobo averaging in double figures with 11.3 points per contest. Hartill is also pulling down 4.9 rebounds. Adamson leads the team in rebounding with 6.6 boards per game. New Mexico is shooting 40.5 percent from the field and 74.6 percent from the free throw line.
Hampton is leading UNLV with 14 points and 9 rebounds per game. Hampton is coming off a 17-point performance against San Diego State Wednesday. Jamie Smith and Erica Helms are also averaging in double figures. Smith has recorded a team-high 18 blocks while averaging 10.9 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. Helms has 16 steals this season and is shooting just over 70 percent from the free throw line. She is averaging 10.7 points and 2.1 rebounds this season.
The Lobos dropped their last game at Wyoming on Wednesday night, 52-50. UNM was outscored 36-22 in the second half and dropped a heartbreaker to the Cowgirls. New Mexico was led by Beggin's 12 points. Beggin hit a 25-foot three-point in the final minute to give UNM a chance. Wyoming's Hillary Carlson had a career night scoring 16 points including the game-winning layup as time expired.
UNLV fell at San Diego State Wednesday, 83-58, inside Cox Arena. The Rebels were led by Hampton's 17 points but couldn't slow down the Aztec offense. SDSU had four players reach double figures including 19 points from Jene Morris. The Aztecs hit six three-points.