What a fabulous night. Senior night for 3 special seniors, and with revenge on their mind from an early season 24 point loss to TCU in Ft. Worth the streaking Lobos had a little 21 point thrashing of their own in store for the Horned Frogs.
12,437 showed up for Senior night to say thank you and enjoy some good ol' Lobo hoops. They were treated to a great college basketball game, between two teams that were still looking at a chance for the regular season crown in the MWC. With a win today the Lobos or the TCU Horn Frogs could pull with in a game of league leading BYU, so the stakes were high.
This was one of those games that you would have thought both teams would keep it close and take it to the end of the game if not over time. You would think that, but reality was that the game was close from the 5 minute mark on. The game was tied at six, but after the first media time the Lobos took over with a dominating 13 to 0 run to take control of the half. TCU was able to cut the lead to seven twice, however, whenever the ‘Frogs kept it close UNM would respond quickly. Towards the end of the half the Lobos doubled up their seven point lead to 14 at halftime. The Lobos were lead by Julie Briody with 14 and Katie Montgomery with 8. TCU had no one in double figures in the first half, but were lead by Adrianna Ross with 8.
The second half started with a less then stellar performance from the Lobos… in other words a sluggish start and Adrianna Ross and the Horned Frogs took advantage of the sluggish start by the Lobos as TCU went on a nine to one run to cut the lead to five, 42 to 37 with 13:42 left in the game. Timeout, and UNM went on a run of their own never looking back 18 to 9 run squashing TCU's hopes en route to a 75-54 thrashing of TCU.
The Lobos were lead by four players in double figures first Julie Briody with 19 points and 10 boards, Dionne Marsh with 16 points, Brandi Kimble with 14 points and an eye popping 14 boards and Katie Montgomery with 13 points.
With this win UNM is now tied with Utah for second place only one game behind league leading BYU. With the loss TCU falls two games back.
Of course one of the main reasons everyone was in The Pit Sunday afternoon was to say good bye to 3 seniors that have been instrumental in continuing the tradition that has been built here at the University of New Mexico under Don Flanagan. Those 3 seniors are Julie Briody, Katie Montgomery, and Timi E-Nunu. Each brought a special something to this program and will be missed in their own special way.
Here are some closing remarks from the Lobos seniors: Julie, Katie, and Timi.
What were your emotions knowing this would be the final time you were playing in The Pit?
(I was) just really focused to get a victory it is senior day and we did not want to spoil it, but after the game their was a lot of excitement, and sadness knowing this will be our last game (at the Pit). But the excitement is we had a great crowd and we won the game.
What is one thing you are going to miss when you reflect back on your career?
I will definitely miss the games… the playing in The Pit and the fans. We've put a lot of time and effort in and our lives will definitely change. It is kind of sad and exciting to see what life has for me.
What is one thing you want to say to the fans?
Thank you. Thank you for the support we all really appreciate it. Even if you do not come to the games only if you watch it, check up on our stats, seeing if we won or not, is really nice to have all that support.