New Mexico scores easy victory over Sam Houston State

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- No. 23 New Mexico will be well rested
for UCLA.

The Lobos substituted freely and frequently Friday night in a
77-41 win over Sam Houston State in the first round of the
Southwest Airlines Shootout.

New Mexico (7-2) will play UCLA (6-4) in the championship game
Saturday. The Bruins beat Delaware State 64-54.

"They're talented and they're tall," New Mexico coach Don
Flanagan said of the Bruins. "It will be more of a traditional

The New Mexico-Sam Houston mismatch was not.

Julie Briody scored 15 points and the Lobos used a 14-0 first
half run to put away the overmatched Bearkats.

Sam Houston State (3-5) hit just four field goals in the first
as only three players scored in the opening 20 minutes. New Mexico
led 42-12 at halftime.

The Bearkats ran their offense better in the second half, but
the Lobo lead was too much to overcome. The Lobos conceded it was
tough to keep their intensity level going after the lopsided first

"It was hard to stay focused," said New Mexico guard Katie
Montgomery. "They (Bearkats) have been down 30, 40 points before,
so we knew they were going to come out hard in the second half."

The Bearkats have played a tough early season schedule that
included losses to SMU (84-50), Texas (84-56), Rice (91-48) and
Baylor (117-50).

Sam Houston State struggled in every facet of the game in the
first 20 minutes. The Bearkats trailed 13-5 when Lobo center Dionne
Marsh hit a turnaround jumper in the lane to kick off the 14-0 run.

Briody, who had a pair of 3-pointers in the game's first four
minutes, hit another 3 and a baseline jumpshot and Marsh added a
layup and a free throw during the Lobos' burst.

Sam Houston State's shots either didn't fall or were tipped by
the Lobos, who finished with eight blocks. Adah Wells scored eight
points for the Bearkats, and Erica Parker and Morgan Collom had
seven apiece.

New Mexico outrebounded the Bearkats 48-29.

Flanagan played reserves over the final 3 minutes of the first
half, but that didn't prevent the lead from growing. Ten Lobos
scored in the opening 20 minutes, compared to three Bearkats.

Kendall Homesley, one of only two seniors on Sam Houston's
squad, hit a 3-pointer in the opening minute of the first half, but
New Mexico countered with a basket by Marsh and back-to-back
baskets by Brandi Kimble.

Marsh had 13 points and Kimble 12. Kimble and Briody each had 8