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Lobo Women's Basketball Travels To No. 8 Stanford Thursday
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  11/18/2008
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

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Nov. 18, 2008

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The New Mexico women's basketball team will travel to Palo Alto, Calif., Thursday to face No. 8 Stanford at 8 p.m. MT. The Lobos are 3-0 on the season and receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Today poll. The nationally-ranked Cardinal is 1-1 and remains one of the top programs in the country. The game will be available via streaming, gametracker and live radio on www.GoLobos.com.

THE MATCHUP - Thursday will be the second meeting all-time between the two schools. Stanford defeated New Mexico, 73-54, last season in Albuquerque, N.M. All-American Candice Wiggins who scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Cardinal. Amy Beggin paced New Mexico with 10 points.

LOBO OVERVIEW - The Lobos are off to their sixth 3-0 start under head coach Don Flanagan. UNM defeated DePaul, 68-66, Monday night in a thrilling championship game of the Basketball Travelers Tip-Off Tournament. The Lobos captured the team title while UNM senior Angela Hartill was named the tournaments Most Valuable Player. Hartill averaged 17.3 points and 4.7 rebounds in three-tournament games. UNM has four players averaging double figures.

SCOUTING THE CARDINAL - Stanford is 1-1 on the year and was recently knocked off by Baylor in Waco, Texas, 81-65. The Cardinal is led by Jeanette Pohlen who is averaging 11.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per contest. Stanford has three players averaging double figures this season. The only victory for the Cardinal was against Minnesota, 68-55, on Nov. 14.

NCAA QUALIFIERS - Both teams reached the NCAA Tournament last season. Stanford finished runner-up after reached the championship game against Tennessee. New Mexico played in the first round of the tournament.

SCOUTING THE CARDINAL - Stanford is 1-1 on the year and was recently knocked off by Baylor in Waco, Texas, 81-65. The Cardinal is led by Jeanette Pohlen who is averaging 11.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per contest. Stanford has three players averaging double figures this season. The only victory for the Cardinal was against Minnesota, 68-55, on Nov. 14.

STANFORD IS NATIONALLY-RANKED - Stanford entered the 2008-09 season ranked No. 2 after finishing last season with a 35-4 overall record. The Cardinal reached the NCAA Championship game against Tennessee. Stanford split during week 1 of the regular-season and slipped to No. 8 this week.

HALL OF FAMER TARA VANDERVEER - The Cardinal are led by Hall of Famer Tara VanDerveer who is in her 30th season. She has an impressive 725-189 overall record and has accomplished nearly everything a coach could ask for. She has won two NCAA Championships, made six NCAA final four appearances, captured 16 Pac-10 Conference Titles and made 23 postseason appearances.

LAST OUTING - BAYLOR - Stanford's last outing was Sunday at No. 19 Baylor. The Bears proved to be too much for the Cardinal winning, 81-65. Baylor shot nearly 50 percent from the field and had five players score in double figures on its way to the victory. Jeanette Pohlen was the only Stanford player to reach double figures with 14 points.

AGAINST THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE - New Mexico is 23-25 all-time against teams from the Pacific-10 Conference. The Lobos last victory over a Pac-10 school was on Nov. 24, 2007 against Oregon in The Pit. UNM beat the Ducks, 65-46, but went 1-3 against the Pac-10 last year.

LOBO QUICKIES - New Mexico returns three starters from last years squad that went 20-13 and made its seventh consecutive NCAA appearance. The Lobos reached the 20-win mark last year for the eighth straight season and for the 10th time in 11 seasons.

This season, UNM is 3-0 for the sixth time under head coach Don Flanagan. Junior Amy Beggin returns after a stellar sophomore campaign. Beggin is the only All-Mountain West selection back after averaging 10.9 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. She played 40 or more minutes 17 times. This season, Beggin is averaging 13.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per contest.

Don Flanagan enters his 14th season at New Mexico and has a 286-126 overall record. He has guided UNM to eight NCAA Tournaments and three WNIT appearances. Lobo women's basketball has won five of the last six MWC Tournament Championships.

New Mexico is 201-79 (.716) inside The Pit since the program was reinstated. The Lobos have ranked in the Top 10 nationally in home attendance for 10 consecutive seasons. Last year, UNM ranked sixth with just over 8,600 fans per game. In three home games this year, the Lobos are averaging 7,120 fans per game.

UNM has installed a new offense for the 2008-09 season called the Dribble-Drive Motion. Head coach Don Flanagan is going with the attack and shoot. The attack-and-shoot summation is a bit simplified, but it is the core of this hoop philosophy. You look for the fast break. You spread the floor, positioning your shooters in key areas. You get your athletes to attack the defense on the dribble. If the dribbler can get to the basket and make a layup or get fouled: fine. If not, they look for open shooters, or cutters, when the defense collapses.

LOBOS OPEN SEASON WITH 3-0 RECORD - The Lobos are off to their sixth 3-0 start under head coach Don Flanagan. UNM defeated DePaul, 68-66, Monday night in a thrilling championship game of the Basketball Travelers Tip-Off Tournament. The Lobos captured the team title while UNM senior Angela Hartill was named the tournaments Most Valuable Player. Hartill averaged 17.3 points and 4.7 rebounds in three-tournament games. UNM has four players averaging double figures.

BASKETBALL TRAVELERS TIP-OFF TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS - The Lobos captured the Basketball Travelers Tip-Off Tournament Championship Monday after defeating DePaul, 68-66. Junior Amy Beggin clinched the victory with a layup with two seconds on the clock. UNM beat Alcorn State, Idaho State and DePaul to earn the team championship.

LOBO WOMEN'S BASKETBALL INKS THREE TO NLIs - New Mexico has signed three standouts to National Letters of Intent during the fall signing period. The Lobos signed Caroline Durbin a 6-foot guard from Austin, Texas as well as Emily Stark a 6-5 post player out of Grand Junction, Colo., and Jourdan Erkshine a 6-foot guard from Saginaw, Mich. All three will join the women's basketball program during the fall of 2009.

HARTILL STEPPING UP - New Mexico senior Angela Hartill looked impressive during the first weekend of the season. Hartill scored a total of 52 points in three games including a career-high 20 against Idaho State. She is leading New Mexico with 17.3 points per game. Hartill is hitting 60 percent of her shots from the field and 89 percent of her free throws.

BEST REBOUNDER - Sophomore Amanda Best leads the team in rebounds with 24 and averages 8.0 boards per game. The Snohornish, Wash., native, had a career-high night against Idaho State. Best pulled down 13 rebounds against the Bengals.

LAST OUTING - DEPAUL - New Mexico is coming off a thrilling come-from-behind victory over DePaul Monday night inside The Pit. The Lobos rallied to beat the Blue Demons, 68-66. Junior Amy Beggin scored the game winning basket with two seconds on the clock. Beggin has 11 points in the game and eight rebounds. Senior Angela Hartill had 17 points in the victory. It was the first win over a Big East team since Don Flanagan's first season in 1995-96.

WIN No. 200 INSIDE THE PIT - The Lobos captured win No. 200 inside The Pit Sunday against Idaho State, 82-47. New Mexico is 201-79 inside The Pit since the program was reinstated prior to the 1991-92 season.

LOBOS CRUISE PAST ALCORN STATE - New Mexico opened the 2008-09 season with a 94-38 victory over Alcorn State Saturday night. The Lobos had five players score in double figures including a career-high for senior Amanda Adamson. Adamson led all scorers with 18 points and also set a personal best with seven rebounds. Senior Angela Hartill chipped in 15 while junior Amy Beggin has 12 and freshmen Sara Halasz had 13. Redshirt freshman Nikki Nelson came off the bench to score 10 points in her first collegiate action. UNM shot 46 percent from the field and 50 percent from behind the arc. The Lobos led 49-19 at the half and easily pulled away for the first win of the year.

ADAMSON SHINES AGAINST ALCORN STATE - Senior Amanda Adamson showcased her talents Saturday night against Alcorn State. The Littleton, Colo., native set career bests for points (18) and rebounds (7) against the Lady Braves. In her first start since Dec. 8, 2007 against Towson, Adamson was 5-of-6 from the floor and 7-of-10 from the free throw line. Her aggressive style highlighted her performance and helped lead to the first victory.

NEW MEXICO BEATS IDAHO STATE - New Mexico remained undefeated on the season after beating Idaho State, 82-47, Sunday inside The Pit. The Lobos had three players in double figures including a career-high for senior Angela Hartill with 20 points. Junior Amy Beggin had 18 and sophomore Jessica Kielpinski recorded 11 points. UNM shot 41 percent from the field.

LOBO RADIO NETWORK - Every New Mexico women's basketball game will be broadcast on the Lobo Radio Network. Joe Behrend will provide the play-by-play while former Lobo Nikki Heckroth-Lobato will handle the color commentary. Visit www.GoLobos.com to listen to all the exciting action.

THANKSGIVING TOURNAMENT - New Mexico will host the Holiday Inn & Suites Express Midtown Thanksgiving Tournament on Nov. 28-29 inside The Pit. The Lobos face William and Mary in the opening round on Friday at 7 p.m. and will face either Butler or Nebraska Saturday. Games will be played at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. each day.

Sunday, November 09
2:00 PM - 
Women's Basketball
vs. Eastern New Mexico (exhibition)
Friday, November 14
2:30 PM - 
Women's Basketball
at UTPA
Saturday, November 15
3:00 PM - 
Women's Basketball
at Texas A&M
Sunday, November 16
3:30 PM - 
Women's Basketball
at DePaul
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