ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Julie Briody scored 16 of her 18 points
in the first half and her two free throws with 57 seconds left
helped No. 23 New Mexico hold off No. 25 Texas for a 63-60 victory
Dionne Marsh scored 20 points for New Mexico (2-2), which led by
18 points (37-19) with just over a minute left in the first half.
Texas (3-1) had a chance to force overtime, but Erika Arriaran's
3-pointer with 2 seconds left barely hit the rim. Senior Tiffany
Jackson led the Longhorns with 21 points, but didn't score during
the final 11 minutes.
After Briody's free throws put the Lobos ahead 63-57, Arriaran
connected on a 3-pointer with 42 seconds left. New Mexico worked as
much of the time as it could off the clock and was called for a
shot clock violation with just over 10 seconds left.
Texas then got its final shot from Arriaran.
New Mexico used a 16-2 run to build an 18-6 lead. Briody scored
10 points in that stretch, including a pair of 3-pointers.
Jackson carried the Longhorns' offense in the first half with 13
points. She fueled Texas' second-half rally with 8 points through
the first eight minutes of the second half and banked a shot in to
cut the Lobos' lead to 44-34 with just under 12 minutes remaining.
But she was called for a technical foul moments later and didn't
score the rest of the way.
The Lobos led 37-22 at halftime with scoring from just four
players. Marsh scored 10 in the first half and New Mexico hit five
3-pointers and 14 of 15 free throws.
New Mexico, coming off back-to-back losses to No. 11 Arizona
State and Nebraska, has not lost three in a row since the 2000
The loss spoiled Texas coach Jody Conradt's 1,000th game as the
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.