New Mexico Hosts California Saturday
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  11/18/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Nov. 18, 2010

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The University of New Mexico women's basketball team will host California in The Pit at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The Lobos are now 1-1 on the season and look to improve that mark against the Golden Bears, who come into Saturday's game 2-0 and are currently riding an eight-game winning streak after winning the WNIT Championship last season. Saturday's game will be broadcast live on 610 AM The Sports Animal. Gametracker will also be provided via GoLobos.com.

Saturday's game is being sponsored by Big I 107.9 and 104.7 Classic Country.

Lobos will wrap up November hosting the Holiday Inn Express - Midtown Thanksgiving Tournament Nov. 26-27. The tournament begins with a neutral game at 5 p.m. when Rhode Island takes on Oklahoma State. New Mexico will play San Francisco at 7 p.m. in the first day of the tournament. Depending on the outcome of Friday's games in the tournament, the Lobos could either play Oklahoma State or Rhode Island in the consolation game at 5 p.m. or the championship game at 7 p.m.

Saturday's game against California will be the fifth meeting between the two schools. The series dates back to Nov. 29, 1979 and is currently tied 2-2. The Golden Bears won 52-44 in the last meeting on Nov. 18, 2007. The Lobos last win came on Nov. 13, 2005, where they won 55-46 in The Pit.

The Golden Bears are coming into Saturday's game on a two-game winning streak. California beat Rutgers 66-57 to open the season on Nov. 12. They then beat Saint Mary's 89-63 on Nov. 14 to improve their record to 2-0. The Golden Bears finished the 2009-10 season winning the WNIT Championship game against Miami, 73-61 on April 3.

California brings back two top scorers from last year's team, sophomores DeNesha Stallworth and Layshia Clarendon. This season, Stallworth leads the team averaging 17.5 points and 10 rebounds per game. Clarendon leads the Golden Bears in assists with 5.5 per game, and is second on the team in scoring with 14.5 points per game.

New Mexico got its first win of the season on Monday against UC Irvine, 71-59. During the win the Lobos shot an improved 40.9 percent from long range and 76.9 percent from the free throw line.

Individually, Lauren Taylor led the team by tying her career-high 22 points against the Anteaters. Taylor also made a career-high five 3-pointers and shot an impressive 55.6 percent from long range. Freshman Jasmine Patterson had a career-high 11 points in her second game of her collegiate career. Senior Amanda Best and freshman Tina Doughty each got a career-high in assists, with five and six respectively. Porche Torrance stole the ball a career-high four times against UC Irvine.

Lauren Taylor'S CAREER NIGHT
Lauren Taylor had a career-high night against UC-Irvine on Monday to help the Lobos win their first game of the season. Taylor tied her career-high 22 points and made a career-high five 3-pointers to lead the team to a 71-59 victory over the Anteaters. Taylor also tied her career-high two steals on Monday.

This season the Lobo freshmen are getting a lot of playing experience. Combined, the freshmen are each averaging 15.1 minutes per game, compared to the 15.6 minutes the rest of the players are averaging per game.

Freshman Jasmine Patterson had a career-high night against UC Irvine, where she scored 11 points. Freshman Tina Doughty had a career-high six assists against the Anteaters and a career-high five points. Freshman Erin Boettcher also scored a career-high six points and grabbed a career-high six rebounds against UC Irvine

Head women's basketball coach Don Flanagan has announced that Whitney Johnson signed a national letter of intent for the 2011-12 season. Johnson is a 6-2 senior post at Lone Peak High School in Highland, Utah. She is expected to bring great athleticism in the post position next year for the Lobos. Johnson is New Mexico's first signee for the 2011-12 season.

Johnson is a two-sport athlete, playing volleyball and basketball for the Knights. She was recruited in both sports, but was more passionate about basketball.

As a junior, Johnson averaged 17. 5 points and 9.8 rebounds a game and was named second-team All-State and first-team all-Region in basketball for the 2009-10 season. As a sophomore in 2008-09, she was also named first-team All-Region in basketball.