University of New Mexico women's basketball Lobos used a strong second half to
pull away from Bowling Green for a 73-43 victory. The game vs. the Falcons was
attended by a little over 9,200 of the Lobo faithful.
Freshman Dionne Marsh, starting her second consecutive
game, and scored the first four Lobo points of the game. The Lobos seemed to
have control of the game through the first fifteen minutes. UNM built an 18-8
lead that stretched to 30-14 with a little less than five minutes remaining in
the first half as Mandi Moore had five points, Katie Montgomery and Julie Briody
off the bench to hit a couple treys, and Lindsey Arndt sparked the Lobo offense.
The last five minutes of the half was all Bowling Green, as the Falcons scored the final ten points before intermission. Score at the half: UNM 30-BG 24.
The second half started with teams trading a bucket. Coach Don Flanagan then made some moves to change the defense. Jana Francis, Montgomery, and Judy Vogt came off the bench as Coach Flan went to the zone defense that was so effective last year. Falcon coach Curt Miller, former assistant to Tom Collen at Colorado State, took the offense of a lot of high ball screens with him to Bowling Green. The switch to a zone by the Lobos slowed the Falcons and turned the game around. Moore and Montgomery got hot from the perimeter and Arndt controlled the paint. Mandi, who had not shot well early in the season, hit 4-7 behind the arc and Katie was 5-6 from three-point land. A 15-0 run put the Lobos firmly in control of the game, at one point building a 60-32 lead with a little under eight minutes left in the game.
Lindsey Arndt was the star of the game has she hit a double-double finishing with 21 points (9-14 from the field) and 12 rebounds. She also had four steals and a couple assists to round out a very good performance. Katie off the bench scored 17 points and dished out four assists. In her best overall game of the year so far, senior captain Mandi Moore had 14 points and nine assists.
Saturday the Lobos take on San Diego in the championship game of the Southwest Airlines Shoot-Out. The Toreos edged Utah State 71-68. Amber Sprague, 6-5 San Diego freshman center, scored twenty points to go along with ten rebounds and four blocks. Sprague and fellow freshman guard Amanda Rego were at one time recruited by the Lobos, coming from San Diego a couple years in a row to Flan's camps. San Diego is also coached by Kathy Marpe, who coached the Lobo women in the 1970's. Those are just some tidbits that give tonight's game an interesting flavor. Championship tip-off about 8pm, or thirty minutes following the consolation match-up between the Utah State Aggies and Bowling Green.