2004-05 Women's Basketball Review
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  06/10/2005
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

June 10, 2005

- The New Mexico women's basketball team finished its 27th year with a 26-5 overall record, which is the best wining percentage in school history. The 26-5 record also marked the ninth consecutive season of .500 or better and the fifth consecutive season of 20 or more wins.

The Lobos began the season winning 10 of their first 11 games and finished the non-conference portion of their schedule 11-2 with the only two losses coming to teams ranked in the top 15. The Lobos continued their outstanding play in the conference season going 12-2, including a win for the first time ever in school history at Utah and coach Flanagan's first win at Colorado State. New Mexico's 12-2 regular season conference record gave it a share of the school's second consecutive Mountain West Conference title and the number one seed in the MWC Tournament.

The MWC Tournament was held at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo., for the second straight season. The Lobos entered the tournament on a four-game winning streak and opened with a 81-52 win over San Diego State to advance to the semifinals. In the semifinals, New Mexico downed UNLV 70-67 to setup a matchup between the regular season co-champions in the finals. The Lobos held off Utah 47-37 to become the first team in MWC history to win three consecutive tournament championships and earn a bid to their fourth straight NCAA Tournament.

New Mexico came into the NCAA Tournament riding a seven-game winning streak. The Lobos earned the No. 8 seed in the Philadelphia Regional and would play the No. 9 seed Purdue Boilermakers in Knoxville, Tenn. The Lobos took an early lead in the second half but could not hold as the Boilermakers ended UNM's season 68-56.

Individually for the Lobos, four players earned all-conference honors and head coach Don Flanagan was named Coach of the Year for the first time in his career. Senior Lindsey Arndt was named to the first team, senior Mandi Moore was named to the second team, freshman Dionne Marsh was named to the third team and sophomore Katie Montgomery was honorable mention. Marsh was also named the MWC Newcomer of the Year, selected the MWC Tournament MVP and joined Arndt and Moore on the MWC All-Tournament team..

For the first time in New Mexico women's basketball history the Lobos were ranked in the AP top-25 on Dec. 27, 2004. UNM moved all the way up to 23rd before falling at Minnesota knocked them out of the rankings for the rest of the season.

HOME SWEET HOME: One of the great home court advantages in all of college basketball, The Pit is in year No. 27 as the home of Lobo basketball. UNM was 16-1 at home in 2004-05 and finished on a 14-game home winning streak. Since Don Flanagan took over the coaching duties in 1995-96, the Lobos have a record of 145-30 (82.9%).

UNM had a 24-game home winning streak going between 1998-99. The Lobos started the streak on Jan. 11, 1998 by defeating Wyoming, 72-45. The streak ended when the Lobos lost to Drake in the post season WNIT by a score of 73-60. In 2003-04 the Lobos had a nine game winning streak at home.

PACKING THE PIT: UNM averaged 10,674 fans a game in 2004-05, which was fourth in the NCAA behind Tennessee, Connecticut and Texas Tech. The Lobos had eight crowds in excess of 10,000 in 2004-05. The New Mexico women's basketball record for attendance was set in 2002-03 at 11,896 fans a game.

BEST MWC RECORD: The 12-2 record in conference play matches the best record ever at UNM. The Lobos also went 12-2 last year in the Mountain West Conference and as well as in the WAC in 1998-99 and split the Pacific Division Championship.

MWC REGULAR SEASON CO-CHAMPS: The New Mexico Lobos claimed a share of their second consecutive Mountain West Conference regular season championship with a 65-48 win over Wyoming. The Lobos share the championship with Utah for the second straight season. UNM though claimed the first seed at the MWC Tournament as they swept the season series with Utah.

MWC TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS: New Mexico for the third straight year won the Mountain West Conference Tournament. The Lobos defeated San Diego State, UNLV and Utah en-route to the championship. The Lobos are the only team in MWC history to repeat or 3-peat as tournament champions. UNM has now won nine straight MWC Championship games and is 11-3 in MWC Tournament play.

MARSH MWC TOURNAMENT MVP: Freshman forward Dionne Marsh was named the Mountain West Conference Tournament MVP and was a member of the MWC All-Tournament team. Marsh is the first-ever freshman to earn the MVP award. She is also only one of two freshmen to make the all-tournament team, joining BYU's Erin Thorn in 2000. Marsh averaged 21.3 ppg and 8.7 rpg in the three game tournament.

ARNDT AND MOORE EARN ALL-TOURNAMENT: Senior forward Lindsey Arndt and senior guard Mandi Moore joined Marsh on the MWC All-Tournament team. Arndt averaged 10.0 ppg and 3.7 rpg., while Moore averaged 7.3 ppg., 12.0 rpg and 6.3 apg.

MWC TOURNAMENT RECORDS: New Mexico's Mandi Moore set the MWC Championship career rebounding record with 73 career tournament boards. She broke the previous record of 66 set by UNLV's Linda Frohlich (2000-02). She also had 36 rebounds for the 2005 tournament, setting a new record and surpassing Frohlich's mark of 35 set in 2002. Her 13 boards against Utah was also a championship game record, breaking Jennie Overdiek of BYU's mark of 12 set in 2003. Moore added to her MWC Championship career assists mark this year and now has 57 career tournament assists. Over her four-year career, she played in 11 MWC Championship games, which ties BYU's Erin Thorn for the most career championship games played. Freshman Dionne Marsh also set a MWC Championship tournament record with 25 field goals, surpassing Erin Thorn's mark of 23 set in 2003.

MWC HONORS New Mexico received numerous honors by the MWC for the 2004-05 season. UNM head coach Don Flanagan was named MWC Coach of the Year for the first time in his career. Freshman Dionne Marsh was named MWC Newcomer of the Year and was selected third team All-MWC. Senior Lindsey Arndt was named first team All-MWC for the second consecutive season and senior Mandi Moore was named second team All-MWC for the second consecutive year. Sophomore Katie Montgomery was selected honorable mention for the first time in her career.

POSTSEASON TRIPS: New Mexico was one of 11 schools to send their football team to a bowl game and both their men's and women's basketball teams to the NCAA Tournament. Joining the Lobos on that list is Connecticut, Iowa State, Boston College, North Carolina, Texas Tech, Minnesota, LSU, Texas, Utah and Oklahoma.

20 WINS AGAIN: New Mexico had 20 wins for the fifth consecutive season at 26-5 and equaled the most wins in school history at 26-7. The earliest the Lobos have ever won twenty games was in 1997-98 when they reached the mark in 25 games. New Mexico has now won 20 games in seven of Flanagan's 10 seasons.

MOORE AND ARNDT EARN SET MILESTONES: Senior guard Mandi Moore became the first player in New Mexico men's or women's basketball history to score 1,000 points, grab 500 rebounds and dish out 500 assists on Saturday, February 26, against UNLV. Moore finished her career with 1,057 points, 603 rebounds and 651 assists. Senior forward Lindsey Arndt also reached a milestone in the same game and joined Moore as the 10th and 11th players to score 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds. Arndt ended her career with 1,073 points and 701 rebounds.

MARSH TO THE LINE: Freshman Dionne Marsh wen to the foul line a school record 193 times in 2004-05 making 133 of them. Marsh's 133 makes was 67 more than anyone else on the team's attempts, while her 193 attempts was 127 more than anyone else on the team. The UNM school record for makes in a season is 136.

TEAM CONCEPT: The Lobos IN 2004-05 hit 709 field goals and 493 of those baskets have come from an assists by a teammate. UNM gets an assists on 69.5 percent of their field goals made. New Mexico is averaging 15.9 apg to 22.9 field goals made per game.

UNM IN NCAA RANKINGS: The Lobos ranked in the top-30 of five NCAA rankings in 2004-05. UNM was seventh in scoring defense (52.4 ppg), ninth in field goal percentage defense (35.0), 22nd in personal fouls per game (14.3), 19th in scoring margin (13.2) and 22nd in turnovers per game (14.6). Individually Mandi Moore is ranked 33rd in assists at 5.2 a game.

MARSH IN MWC: Freshman Dionne Marsh not only leading the Lobos in scoring in 2004-05 at 13.0 ppg, but the freshman played even better in her 14 MWC games. Marsh averaged 15.4 ppg., including going 65-94 from the charity stripe for 69.1 percent. Marsh also scored in double figures in all 14 MWC games this season, including a season-high 28 points against Air Force and her first career double-double against Colorado State.

59 POINTS THE MAGIC NUMBER: The Lobos have won 47 of their last 48 games when scoring 59 points or more. UNM won 36 consecutive games until the loss at UNLV, when the Lobos were downed 63-60. In 2004-05 New Mexico was 17-1 when scoring at least 59 points and were 17-0 in 2003-04. Prior to UNLV the last time UNM scored at least 59 points and lost was on February 8, 2003 at Utah when they lost 63-61 in overtime.

BENCH POINTS: The University of New Mexico outscored opponents off the bench by a 682-391 margin. The Lobos outscored 22 of their 31 opponents off the bench and were 19-3 in those games. New Mexico's biggest edge off the bench came against Morgan State when the Lobos scored 64 points to 12 for the Lady Bears. UNM was led off the bench by Jana Francis at 5.4 ppg.

LOBOS ON TELEVISION: New Mexico had a school record 11 games televised in 2004-05. Home games against Texas, Utah and UNLV and the game at New Mexico State was on KWBQ WB 19 in Albuquerque. Home games against Utah, Colorado State and UNLV as well as all two MWC Tournament games were televised on College Sports Television. The game at Utah, the MWC Championship game and the NCAA first round against Purdue was on ESPN2, while the game at Minnesota was broadcast by Fox Sports Net North. In 2004-05 UNM was 8-3 in televised games.