Wyoming Falls Short Of Tourney Final, Topped by New Mexico, 65-53

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March 9, 2007

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Julie Briody scored 21 points and had eight rebounds to lead New Mexico over Wyoming 65-53 in the Mountain West Conference semifinals Friday afternoon.

Briody, who also had three steals, went 7-of-13 from the field and 5-of-6 from the free throw line for the Lobos, who play either BYU or Utah in the championship game Saturday afternoon.

Dionne Marsh added 13 points and Brandi Kimble had 11 for third-seeded New Mexico (23-8).

Hanna Zavecz led No. 2 Wyoming (21-9) with 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field. Megan McGuffey added 21 points on 8-of-12 from the field, including hitting all three attempts from 3-point range.

After trailing 29-28 at halftime, the Cowgirls took two brief one-point leads, the last at 32-31 with 18:49 left in the game. But 15 seconds later, Zavecz committed her fourth foul and that ignited a 16-4 New Mexico run.

The Lobos never trailed again as the Cowgirls cut the lead to six on two occasions, the last at 53-47 with 6:30 left.

Wyoming built its largest lead at 64-50 on an Amy Beggin 4-point play with 3:28.

The Lobos jumped to an 8-0 lead and later built their largest lead of the first half at 21-9 with 7:38 until intermission. But the Cowgirls ended the first half on a 19-8 run, sparked by Zavecz, who had 13 first-half points.