5:00 PM ET, January 14, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- New Mexico coach Don Flanagan knew his team could perform better on offense in the second half against Wyoming.Sure enough, that's what happened.Dionne Marsh scored 13 points and Abbie Letz and Brandi Kimble each added 10, leading No. 18 New Mexico to a 62-39 win over Wyoming on Saturday.Letz scored eight as the Lobos (13-4, 3-1 Mountain West) began the second half with a 14-0 burst to extend a 23-21 halftime lead. New Mexico led for good after Jana Francis scored with 17 seconds before the break."There was no panic in there," Flanagan said, recalling the halftime scene. "What we talked about was that we played good defense. We just didn't play good offense. When you hold them to 21 points in the first half, you're doing pretty well."Wyoming (12-3, 2-2) went the final 3:18 of the first half without a field goal and the first 8:29 of the second without scoring from the floor, until Megan McGuffey finally made a baseline jumper."Second half, for a period of time, was pretty good defense," Flanagan said. "Sometimes, they didn't even get a shot. Sometimes, they got one but we had an easy rebound."The Cowgirls missed seven field-goal attempts and had three turnovers on their first 10 possessions of the second half. Wyoming also couldn't overcome New Mexico's 41-35 rebounding advantage."I came into this game saying New Mexico was a very good team. They showed that," Cowgirls coach Joe Legerski said. "They stepped up and played really well. I wish we were able to compete a little better on the glass, but once again I have to give all the credit to New Mexico."McGuffey led Wyoming with 15 points. Michelle Taylor had 10 but was scoreless in the second half.The Lobos improved to 29-0 at home against conference opponents, ranking fourth nationally behind Tennessee, Stanford and Western Illinois. New Mexico also has beaten Wyoming seven straight times.