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N Arizona 51

(7-5, 2-4 away)

(23) New Mexico 62

(10-2, 8-1 home)

    9:00 PM ET, December 21, 2006

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    NAU 20 3151
    #23UNM 33 2962

    Lobos win 9th straight, end Northern Arizona's win streak

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- New Mexico senior guard Julie Briody serves as a role model to her teammates in many ways, especially when it comes to setting the bar at the free-throw line.

    She has made all but two of her 68 attempts this season and hit nine consecutive free throws Thursday night as the No. 23 Lobos beat Northern Arizona 62-51. The victory also was the ninth straight for the Lobos (10-2).

    Briody, who finished with 24 points against the Lumberjacks (7-5), is just one free throw shy of the school record she set last year when she hit 35 straight.

    "I think it's just mental," said fellow guard Brandi Kimble, who was 5 of 6 from the line. "I just take after Julie. She says she's going to make it every time she goes to the line."

    New Mexico converted 16 straight free throws in the second half to stave off Northern Arizona, which rallied from a 37-22 deficit to close within 51-45 with 2:24 remaining on a Megan Porter free throw and layup.

    New Mexico went nearly 5½ minutes between field goals, following a Briody layup at the 6:20 mark. But during that period, the Lobos were 8-for-8 from the free-throw line.

    Dionne Marsh added 12 points for the Lobos and hit all four of her free throws, while Angela Hartill scored 10 off the bench and was 4 of 5 from the line.

    Alyssa Wahl had 15 points for the Lumberjacks. Sade Cunningham added 13.

    New Mexico led 33-20 at halftime, with Briody leading the way with 12 points. The Lobos outscored the Lumberjacks 10-0 from the free-throw line in the first half.

    Overall, New Mexico was 27 of 30 from the line, while Northern Arizona was 6-for-10.

    While Flanagan was less than pleased with the Lobos' offense Thursday night, he acknowledged that his team worked hard on defense and turned more than a week of practice at the free throw line into points.

    "It finally paid off," he said.

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