Jan. 29, 1998
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Abby Garchek scored 23 points and New Mexico shot 67 percent in the second half Thursday night as the Lobos sent No. 11 Utah to its first loss of the season, 76-59.
The win over the Utes (16-1, 7-1 WAC) easily was the biggest in the history of what once was one of the worst women's programs in the country. In the four seasons before coach Don Flanagan took over the program, New Mexico was 14-96.
Since then, New Mexico is 48-29 and is headed for its first 20-win season ever.
New Mexico (16-4, 6-2 WAC) ended Utah's streak behind Garchek's shooting, the scoring and rebounding of Anita Vuletic and Jennifer Williams and a pair of scoring runs that put the Utes away early in the second half.
Trailing 26-22 with four minutes left in the first half, New Mexico outscored the Utes 11-1 in the next 2 minutes.
Garchek, who hit four 3-pointers, began the rally with a shot from behind the arc and Sonya Bryant put the Lobos in front for good with another 3-pointer.
New Mexico led 37-32 at halftime with a major factor being the Lobos' 12 offensive rebounds, five of them by Vuletic.
The Lobos, who hit 16 of 24 shots in the second half, outscored Utah 19-6 in the first 8 minutes. Garchek scored a layup off a steal, then again connected on a 3-pointer to give the Lobos their biggest lead of the night - 59-40 with 10:58 left.
Vuletic scored 12 points and had nine rebounds. Williams hit 7 of 10 shots in scoring 15 points and had six rebounds.
Guard Julie Krommenhoek led Utah with 19 points. Angie Thill scored 16 and 6-foot-4 center Kristi Rose had 14 points.