Town Hall on Immigration Law

UNM Law Professor Margaret Montoya recently moderated a town hall on immigration law. The featured speaker was Thomas Saenz, president and general council for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF). Panelists included NM State Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas, Marcela Diaz of Somos un Pueblo Unido, and David Urias of Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Ives & Duncan.

Saenz started off with a statement against SB 1070, noting that “our status as an independent nation is tied to immigration.” He added that one of the grievances colonists had against Great Britain’s King George was that he discouraged immigration to the colonies. So, immigration has been a topic since the US was a colony.

Saenz said that the federal government set a “uniform rule of naturalization.” The constitution assigns rule about associations with foreign countries and therefore only the feds can regulate immigration.

“To be a single united nation we have to recognize teh federal status of establishing, defining and enacting immigration policy,” he said.

We face a constitutional crisis, Saenz said, because too many officials — such as Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer – have publicly made clear their intention to defy federal law regarding immigration. SB 1070 charges Arizona law enforcement to determine legal status when faced with “reasonable suspicion” about a person’s documents or status.

This is a burden on state and local law enforcement because they don’t have the training provided to federal law enforcement. It also means that every contact with a citizen — whether a possible criminal, witness or victim — requires them to verify immigration status. They are “mandated” to engage in racial profiling. It makes it a crime to be undocumented in Arizona and permits law enforcement to arrest anyone viewed as a possible undocumented immigrant to be arrested.

“Brown vs. the Board of Education is assaulted by SB 1070,” he said.

The Bill of Rights is assaulted by SB 1070, as well. Arizona State Sen. Russell Pearce, the author of SB 1070, directly contradicts the Supreme Court under amendment fourteen, which states that public school enrollment cannot be denied based on immigration status.

“He wants to charge immigrants tuition to public schools,” Saenz said.

SB 1070 also attempts to regulate employment by making it illegal to solicit work. It violates the immigrants’ right to free speech. “This violates two centuries of constitutional law,” Saenz said.

“There is supremacy of the constitution. Federal law overrides state law as an obstacle,” he said.

He also wants to change the right to citizenship – make it difficult for undocumented parents to get citizenship papers for children born in Arizona. “This creates a class of stateless people in the world,” Saenz said.

This isn’t the first time a governor has defied federal law. We can recall Alabama Gov. George Wallace,  best known for his Southern populist, pro-segregation attitudes during America’s desegregation period.  He defied policy set by the constitution and the Supreme Court to wipe out desegregation.

Such acts earn people like Brewer and Wallace the title of “nullifiers,” Saenz said. “They nullify policy made by the Supreme Court. They seek to nullify principles of our constitution, whether it’s with regard to amendments established 28 years ago or the constitution itself, which has been around for 223 years. They seek to push us back to a time when we were not a single, unified nation,” he said.

He added that they are repeat offender “unconstitutionals” in their attempts to change longstanding U.S. principles.

Only in coming together across the nation can we avert this crisis. As a country we must come together to battle against the constitutional assault taking place in Arizona, he said.

Pretty good food for thought, I’m thinking. I agreed with him completely, as did Richard Schaefer, UNM Communication & Journalism associate professor, and a co-founder of the Cross-Border Issues Group.

Marcela Diaz, Somos Un Pueblo Unido, spoke a great deal about immigration enforcement’s impact on families, which is what her organization is engaged in. She said that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) already has a presence in many jails — including in the Prisoner Transport Center here in Albuquerque — and that U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano plans to have ICE in all jails by 2013. Between 60 and 70 percent of undocumented persons in jail have no criminal record and another small portion have only small crimes.

Diaz said that under the guise of the Criminal Alien Program (CAP), which is supposed to focus on identifying criminal aliens to ensure that they are not released into the community by securing a final order of removal — deportation — prior to the termination of their sentence. The ICE website says that “identification and processing of incarcerated criminal aliens prior to release reduces the overall cost and burden to the federal government as the number of aliens detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), upon expiration of sentence will be minimized.” What is being played out is that everyone who is arrested is fingerprinted and if a person’s fingerprints are in the system, there is an assumed criminal guilt and they are deported.

It may reduce federal costs, but Diaz pointed out that counties pick up the cost for longer detentions. She said, “Santa Fe kicked ICE out of the jail and Taos is trying to. Community members in Roswell are combating it and there is resistance in Portales, as well.”

Diaz spoke about 287(g) programs. The ICE website states, “The 287(g) program, one of ICE’s top partnership initiatives, allows a state and local law enforcement entity to enter into a partnership with ICE, under a joint Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), in order to receive delegated authority for immigration enforcement within their jurisdictions. The 287(g) program has emerged as one of the agency’s most successful and popular partnership initiatives as more state and local leaders have come to understand how a shared approach to immigration enforcement can benefit their communities.”

Given what Saenz said about level of training and racial profiling that occurs when immigration enforcement is put into the hands of state and local agencies, I don’t think this is a particularly good partnership for communities. In fact, Diaz said that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio no longer has street level 287(g) powers although the program still exists in the jail.

Diaz said there is no 287(g) street enforcement in Albuquerque, either, but as I stated earlier, it is in the Prisoner Transport Center and the Metropolitan Detention Center, the local jail.

NM State Rep. Moe Maestas reminded everyone that securing borders is impossible, because “the history of mankind is immigration.” He said that there would be 25,000 proceedings per year in federal court to address the issue. “The federal judiciary would have to be doubled.”

He added that stepped up enforcement efforts are counter productive to public safety. “The police aren’t fighting crimes, and victims and witnesses become distrustful of law enforcement. Therefore, the public is less safe,” Maestas said.

Given the failure of tough immigration enforcement efforts to curb crime and their drain on scarce resources, Maestas says that the NM Senate must have “meaningful dialog” around these issues. He knows that driver licenses for undocumented workers, lottery scholarships for undocumented students, wage protection laws and policing will all be topics for discussion in the State Legislature come January.

Thomas Saenz called immigration a “wedge” issue. “It and tax are two policy issues that people don’t understand.” He added that many don’t understand why immigrants don’t “wait in line” for legal citizenship. “What they don’t get is that the line to citizenship can take 2 – 20 years depending upon a person’s country of origin.” It’s discriminatory.

Saenz called for a “full court press” on the DREAM Act, which offers a pathway to citizenship for those who graduate from college or serve in the military. Saenze noted that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., filed cloture on the DREAM Act amendment to the Department of Defense (DOD) authorization bill. “We need federal laws that reflect the constitution. Our national values say we don’t punish a child for what his parents did. Public education benefits the general public, not just those receiving the education. We have a belief that those students will go on to higher education and contribute to our economy.”

By denying the DREAM Act, Saenz said, “We’re saying we value public education so little that we’re going to punish you and the general public.”

He encouraged all to let them know in Washington that supporting the DREAM Act is in all our best interest.

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UNM Participates in World Voice Day

The UNM Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences participated in World Voice Day on April 16. It’s a day otolaryngologists – ear, nose and throat doctors – and other voice health professionals worldwide encourage people of all ages to assess their vocal health and take action to improve or maintain good voice habits.

The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery has sponsored the U.S. observance of World Voice Day since its inception in 2002.

World Voice Day 2010 had the theme, “Love Your Voice,” to remind people of the value and significance of vocal health in everyday life. The human voice holds emotional power and can elicit many feelings. Voice problems can arise from overuse or misuse, cancer, infection or injury. “We remind people that our voices require care to keep them healthy,” said Phyllis Palmer, associate professor, Speech and Hearing Sciences.

I went for the screening, not so much because I love the sound of my own voice, but because my voice changed following neck surgery two years ago. Since then, my voice is raspier, I have trouble projecting, I get spasms in my neck and I had to give up singing in church choir.

The screening involved a Vocal Behaviors Checklist, which asked about everything from alcohol and caffeine consumption – they dry out the vocal cords – to prolonged voice use, environmental irritants, and my favorite, “singing in an abusive manner.”

Another questionnaire reveals evidence of physiological, social and personal problems associated with voice issues. Apparently, my raspier voice hasn’t made me less vocal or minimized my socializing or willingness to talk, but it has impeded the ability for others to hear and understand me in noisy settings, I have to strain to project and sometimes have to repeat myself.

Then we got done to the nitty gritty. I had to say, “1, 2, 3eeeee,” holding the “e” as long as I could. Then I had to read a passage, sustain “s” and “z” sounds, all of which I completed with relative “eeeease.” Then I had to sustain the “ah” sound. I couldn’t hold it for anywhere near the duration of the previous sounds, and the raspy nature of my voice was revealed.

I had to sing “Happy Birthday,” in as high a pitch as possible. I sang it to Dr. Palmer, who doesn’t want to be a year older. My voice didn’t crack. I credit my choir director, David Ziems, with teaching me great breathing techniques that got me through that exercise.

Finally, I had to say “ah, ah, ah,” as many times as I could in 5 seconds. No problem. I met the average for a person of my age, which I won’t reveal here.

Dr. Palmer gave me a sheet with daily warm up exercises. I think those might help in particular with the spasms in my neck muscles. She told me that she thinks I can benefit from voice therapy, but before engaging in it, she wants me to go to an ENT for a “laryngeal visualization,” which means they’ll put a camera down my throat to look at my larynx to make sure there is nothing structurally wrong with it that could be exacerbated by therapy. I made an appointment with my primary care doctor to get the referral. Who knows? Maybe I’ll be back in choir by fall!

Here are 10 simple but important tips on how to show your voice the affection it deserves:

Embrace hydration. Moisture is good for the voice, and drinking plenty of water throughout the day is the best way to stay hydrated.

Kiss but don’t yell. Yelling or screaming is always bad for the voice, as it puts a lot of stress on the delicate lining of your vocal cords.

Hug a microphone when speaking in public. When you are called upon for public speaking, particularly in a large room or outdoors, use a microphone. The amplification allows you to speak at conversational pitch, yet reach the entire audience.

Warm up your voice by saying a few sweet nothings. Warming up the voice is not just for singers; it helps the speaking voice too. Doing simple things like lip or, tongue trills, or gliding up and down your range on different vowels, will help warm up your voice.

Always clear the air, but don’t clear your throat. Clearing your throat is like slapping or slamming the vocal cords together. Instead of clearing your throat, take a small sip of water or swallow to quench the urge.

Go ahead and look hot, but never smoke. Likely the single worst thing you can do for your voice is to smoke. It causes permanent damage to the vocal cord tissues and is the number 1 risk factor for cancer of the larynx (voice box).

Know what you’re feeling. When you are in a place with loud background noise, you don’t realize how loudly you may be talking. Pay attention to how your throat feels in these situations, because it will often feel raw or irritated before you notice the vocal strain you are causing.

Think good breath support, not just heavy breathing. Breath flow is the power source for voice. Don’t let your breath support run down before refilling your lungs and refueling your voice.

Be a good listener. If you hear your voice becoming hoarse when you are sick, be sure to rest it as much as possible. Pushing the voice when you have laryngitis can lead to more serious vocal problems.

Check it out. If your voice is persistently hoarse or not working well, be sure to seek evaluation by an otolaryngologist – head and neck surgeon (ear, nose, and throat physician).

Ellingboe Enchants Keller Crowd

I’ve known Brad Ellingboe for several years.  I’ve publicized the awards he’s received as a composer. I’ve pushed to garner some recognition for CDs his choirs have produced. I’ve watched him transform into a fundraiser so his students can travel to perform for national audiences, raise money to create a children’s opera, or help the university recognize 100 years of chorus at UNM.  He’s passionate about music, yes, but more so about students.

I knew he was a composer because year after year I publicized his ASCAP awards — he’s well-known as a composer and arranger of choral music.

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers selects recipients based upon the “unique prestige value of each writer’s catalog of original compositions, as well as recent performances…” Brad was always on their radar, providing a catalog of works that was difficult to overlook. The choir at my church often performed his arrangements, and I enjoyed each one.

Brad is never anxious for personal recognition, but his accomplishments garner attention. What he did want, however, was for the arts to get some of the attention directed to athletics and others on campus. “We win all our concerts,” he tells me with a grin.

We moved from casual colleagues to friends as we chatted over coffee, talking about UNM and Santa Fe political situations.

Brad has been in UNM’s College of Fine Arts since 1985, where he is professor of music and director of choral activities. His duties include directing choirs, teaching private voice lessons and graduate choral conducting.

And yet I still hadn’t his voice raised in song. He said that he decided to perform solo in celebration of 25 years at UNM. Celebrating in this manner, he noted, was equivalent to “sticking a fork in my eye.” That’s Brad.

Brad occasionally brings by comp tickets after I’ve done some publicity work. In this case, it was for the UNM Concert Choir to have the funds to travel to Denver to perform for the prestigious American Choral Directors Association conference next month. http://www.unm.edu/~market/cgi-bin/archives/004696.html

I got the tickets, but not much info, just Brad, bass-baritone, performing with Louise Bass, piano, and assisted by David Schepps, cello, and John Clark, piano.

I called my mom and we knew that it would be a rare opportunity to hear Brad sing. I’d seen him with a baton, heard him speak – always glibly into a microphone, but never heard him sing.

OK, I’m an idiot…we were a bit late, so we missed a bit, including Mozart’s “Per questa bella mano, K. 612,” and four numbers from Don Quichotte, a French libretto based on Cervantes’ Don Quixote.

I felt like the ship had departed without us, but we quickly got on board.  Next stop, Germany, where Brad shared “Vier ernste Gesänge,” or “Four Serious Songs,” by Johannes Brahms. I haven’t studied French or Italian (that Mozart number, mentioned above, was in Italian, not Mozart’s native language, German), but I’ve studied a bit of German. I’ve been to Germany and to Austria…and Brad took me there again, sailing on his notes, on his words.

Brahms’ songs are based on Biblical references, primarily Ecclesiastes and Corinthians. He eloquently and lyrically sang of “dust to dust,” and “the tears of the oppressed,” but I wasn’t truly understanding the German until “O Tod, o Tod, wie bitter bist du.” “Oh death, oh death. how bitter you are…”

But the Brahms number that caught me was from Corinthians because it was the same passage that was to be part of the service at my church this morning, but 2 Corinthians was read by mistake, but everyone knows this one…it’s read at weddings: “And now abides faith, hope and love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” To read the words, to hear the words is inspiring, but to hear them in song is divine. To hear Brad sing them…heavenly.

Brad moved to music that lives in his heart: The works of Edvard Grieg. Our ship landed in Norway. Brad once told me that he speaks a second language that is useless in New Mexico: Norwegian. Maybe it doesn’t come in handy too much here, but it is part of his heritage, he’s a Grieg scholar and even conducted Grieg’s work at Carnegie Hall. Carnegie Hall! The words flowed from his tongue, the music was a part of him. It didn’t matter if the audience knew what the words meant because the music spoke their intent.

Finally, Brad finished with some American favorites. We’d traveled to Europe and back. Now, instead of  landing on foreign soil, we were in a piano bar. The piano didn’t have the tinny sound of a cheap instrument pounded upon by many trying to “make it.” The air wasn’t thick with smoke and the clink of bar glasses didn’t punctuate the music, but I was in a bar. Where’s my rum and coke?? He could be Sinatra, or Johnny Mathis, for a moment maybe we were attending a Broadway debut.

When he finished, when the last note of “My Favorite Year” floated to the ceiling of Keller Hall, the audience rose to their feet. Brad and Clark, his pianist for the American songs, took their bows and exited the stage. They returned to the crowd’s delight. Their encore was Willie Nelson’s “You’re Always on my Mind.” He did Willie proud…and he wasn’t even stoned.

Brad’s wife Karen was sitting behind me. He sang that song for her. As we put on our coats to leave, she dabbed her eye with a tissue. Like the audience, even she wasn’t immune to the sentiment he offers through song.

UNM Lobos vs. NC A&T Aggies, Nov. 27, 2009

Yale just got beaten by Toledo in the Holiday Inn & Suites Express Midtown Thanksgiving Tournament. Holy Toledo! And now we’re waiting for UNM to take on North Carolina A&T….is that like Atchinson Topeka? We’ll represent for the “Santa Fe” since we plan to railroad ’em!

OK…quick search reveals that the NC school is in Greensboro, nice place, and that A&T stands for agricultural and technical…They should know that Lobos don’t like Aggies…of any variety.

Here we go!! Nikia Gorham, 44, vs. Jessica Kielpinski. Kielpinski to Halasz. Amanda Best’s ball falls short and its in NC hands. Foul and UNM brings it in…Here comes Best. Around we go. Georonika misses. NC ball. 44 shoots, 2.

Best bringing it. Around we go. Halasz’s shot falls short. NC’s on the run again. 14 to 44 to basket for NC, now up 0-4.

Amanda Best makes it happen for the Lobos almost 3 minutes in. Another score by NC and it’s now 2-6.

Working around, Halasz shoots misses, Taylor gets it. Halasz shoots misses, NC gets it. 44 gets robbed on a rim shot. UNM moves it. 4, Crystal Murdaugh fouls and UNM’s bringing it in. Taylor shoots, makes it and gets fouled. Taylor misses, NC ball. 4-6 Lobos. 45 shoots for the Aggies and its 4-8. Lobos moving it. 44, Nikia Gorham, fouls and UNM’s strategizing as we get ready for sumo wrestlers brought to you by Baillio’s.

Halasz shoots, misses, NC ball, scores. 4-10. NC steals off Kielpinski moves it down court. Out of bounds on UNM and NC brings it in. Taylor fouls number 10 Tierra Thomas. Thomas brings it in. Out of bounds, UNM ball.

Here comes Best. Jackson, Kielpinski, Best…score! 6-10. 14:06 in the first half.

Lobos hold ’em. Halasz drives and scores. 8-10. Come on Lobos!!!

Lobos are striving hard to bring a tough D, but 3,Tyronnica Alford, scores. 8-12. Kielpinski misses and NC’s moving the ball. They get a rebound, Beggin comes in for Jackson.

Jump ball and NC gets it. A missed traveling call on 45, Lamona Smalley, but double dribbling gets the call and here comes Beggin!

They are tentative…Beggin shoots for 3, misses, foul puts the ball back in NC hands.

Here comes a time out and your spirit program and soundpack. Apparently we’re the LOBOS part of the U-N-M LOBOS cheer! LOBOS!!!

11:54 left in the first half and cheerleaders are standing on top of one another and the band plays on.

NC’s moving the ball. NC gets the rebound, but the shot clock runs out. LOBO ball.

Porsche Torres comes in for Sara Halasz.

13, Jaquayla Berry, fouls and UNM gets the ball. Another foul and UNM is again bringing in the ball. Time out.

Amanda Best is 2 for 3; Halasz 1 for 5 and Taylor 1 for 1.

Taylor tries for 3, misses, NC’s got the ball. They miss, get the rebound, and they score 8-14.

Best gets fouled, at the line shoots…it’s in…second is in as well. Go BEST! 10-14.

NC’s moving it around. Driving…13 shoots, misses, rebound by NC, foul by NC and UNM has the ball again.

Beggin shoots, misses, NC’s moving. 14, Amber Calvin, misses. UNM ball. Beggin’s moving it to Kielpinski, Taylor shoots 3! GO TAYLOR!!! 13-14. Come on LOBOS!

Band calls for sharks. NC’s moving. 14 shoots for 3 13-17.

Best gets robbed on a rim shot. NC ball. Kielpinski steals. Beggin shoots, misses, NC ball. Beggin steals, Kielpinski shoots. 2! 15-17.

Ball’s out of bounds for the Lobos to bring back in after the break. We’ve got 7:34 left in the half.

Taylor leads scoring at this point – making 2 of 3. Best has 2 of 4 and Kielpinski 1 of 3.

Best tries hard to flip one in, is unsuccessful. NC ball down the court. Time out.

Band plays fight song. GO FIGHT WIN LOBOS!

NC ball. 45, Lamona Smalley, to 4, Crystal Murdaugh, to the basket. 15-19.

Lobos are moving it around. Halasz fails on a 3 pointer. She scrambles, comes up with her second foul. Here comes NC. Powerful team. Bigger girls than the Lobos in girth, but not in height.

32, Jaleesa Sams, shoots from the free throw line. Misses the first. Second one goes in 15-20 with 6:20 left in the game.

Out of bounds on UNM off Torrance’s hands. UNM gets a rebound. Georonika Jackson works it under the net. Scores! 17-20. They get a steal and she follows it up with a 3 pointer. TIE GAME! GO LOBOS. The crowd goes wild. The sound is exquisite, but the Aggies follow it up with 2. 20-22.

Porsche Torres gives us two more and another tie. UNM is working the defense and we’ve got a scramble on the hardwood. 22-22 2ith 4:11 left in the half. Kast comes in for Taylor.

Beggin’s bringing it down court. Around it goes. To Kast to Jackson, off the rim and out of bounds. Ball goes to NC.

We’ve got toilet races. How do you explain this to visitors from outside the US??

Jackson is now 2 for 4, Kielpinski 1 for 3, Taylor 2 for 3; Halasz 1 for 6, Beggin 0 for 3, Torrance 1 for 1.

Out of bounds on UNM, it bounces off several fingers before sailing through NC’s net. 22-24.

Kast ties it with an under the basket easy- in. She’s working D. So are her teammates. Out of bounds on NC.

Beggin throws it up, NC snags, UNM gets it back. Berry, 13 for NC fouls Jackson. She’s at the line. In like Flynn. 25-24…first Lobo lead. Misses the second. Kast gets a foul, ball to NC. 2:24 left in the half. Steal by UNM has Beggin racing down the court. She’s fouled under the basket. Beggin’s at the line. It’s up, it’s in….Second one rolls off the rim. 26-24. NC’s moving. Gets called for traveling. Kast is out, Kielpinski’s back in. Here come the LOBOS!

On an awesome move from Kielpinski to Beggin to Best we get a score, followed by a Beggin steal and another score. UNM 30-24.

Jackson gets called on a foul. 23, Jaleesa Sams is at the line. It’s in, but the second rolls out. 30-24, 44 seconds left.

Jackson gets fouled by 32. She shoots and it’s in. Second is nuttin’ but net 32-25. A scramble under the basket goes to NC…11.9 seconds left. Sloooooow substitution by NC….

And some debate, I guess. We wait and wait and wait. The refs confer. The players chat. 10 seconds on the shot clock. They score.

Best runs down and scores as time expires. 34-27! Go AMANDA!!!

Not an easy half for the Lobos, but they made some adjustments, especially on defense and got more aggressive offensively, as well.

Half time stats. Jackson 2 for 4; Kielpinski 1 for 3; Taylor 2 for 3; Halasz 1 for 6; Best 2 for 5; Beggin 0 for 3; Torrance 1 for 1 and Kast 0 for 0. Best played 16 minutes in the first half, followed by Taylor with 15; and Kielpinski with 13. Jackson and Halasz each played 10 and Beggin 9. Kielpinski and Taylor each had 1 offensive rebound. Best had 3 defensive rebounds and Torrance 2, while Jackson had 1. Total point leader at the half is Best with 6. Jackson and Taylor each scored 5. Best had 3; Torrance 2 and Jackson, Kielpinski and Taylor 1.

Second half gets under way.

Beggin misses a 3 pointer and NC moves the ball, misses, Beggin gets the rebound, Halasz misses, NC gets the ball. Back in UNM hands on a foul, around we go. Everyone is on their feet clapping waiting for that first score. Out of bounds on NC, Beggin’s bringing it in. Taylor shoots. 36-27.

Halasz gets aggressive swats it out of bounds on 14. 32 brings it in. 32 moves it to 4 who misses completely. Out of bounds on UNM. 14 brings it in to 32, shoots, but the shot clock runs out. Herecomes Halasz who loses the bal. 45 runs out of bounds and up the bleachers. GO GIRL.

Lobos drive down court. Beggin to Best to Kielpinski to Taylor to Beggin to Best to Taylor to …score! 39-27.

44, Gorham, scrambles under the basket, hangs tough with several defenders but comes away pointless. UNM ball on a foul. Here we come! Kielpinski to Halasz to the net. 41-27. 16:43 left. UNM steals. UNM foul puts it back in NC hands.

Gorham scores 41-29.

Lobos work the outer edge and Beggin breaks her quiet streak and scores 3. 44-29, followed by an NC score, 44-31 with 15:42 in the game.

And in the time out we have HEY! GO LOBOS!

Beggin moves, drives, to Kielpinski to Best…Beggin fouls and we have a time out. We also have GO FIGHT WIN LOBOS!

I love these seats.

Stats! Taylor still rocks, scoring4 out of 5. Best brings it around and under. 46-31.

NC ball. 13 to 10 to 13 who drives, off the rim and into Best’s hands. Jacson,Taylor Beggin, Best, Tyalor, shoots, misses, NC Ball.

13 drives, scores, Beggin fouls her. She’s shooting 1 off the rim and into Best’s hands. Beggin drives, collision, Kielpinski and 3. Beggin shoots another successful 3. 49-33 then gets fouled down court.

Here come your LOBOS! A nice little under the basket action and Kielpinski scores   — 51-33 with 13:07 left.

13 scores a pretty 3. Jackson misses and the ball is moving North Carolina way.  3 misses and she and Georonika fight for it. Georonika wins the battle. Ball moves down and Beggin hot hot hot shoots 3 more 54-36. Kast comes in for Kielpinski. Thank goodness. Easier to type.

3 gives some payback shoots 54-38.

Kast misses, NC’s 3 hands off to 4,Murdaugh, who shoots 2.

All that effort and no time left and no points. Come on Lobos. Nice steal by Torrance. Beggin scores again 56-40.

10 misses and Best gets it back, loses it and 3 scores again. 56-42 with 10:03 left.

Amanda Best shoots A BEAUTIFUL 3. 59-42. 3, Alford, shoots, misses, rebound falls short. Time out.

Stats: Amy Beggin’s numbers are up – now 5 for 9. Taylor is 4 for 6.

32 gets ready to shoot her free throw….It’s in. So’s the second shot. 59-44.

Nikki Taylor coems in for Best. Amy Beggin shoots another 3. 62-44.

Kast steals! Jackson shoots, misses, ball’s in NC hands. Kast gets called on a foul. 3’s shooting. Up and in. Halasz comes back in for Jackson as 3 misses her second shot. 62-45 with 8:11 left.

Ball’s Lobo bound…and outta bounds as Kast fires it through Nikki Nelson. WOW.

Time out again with your Lobo “soundpack.”

New stats: Beggin 6 for 10; Best 6 for 9, and Taylor 4 for 6.

NC scores 3 – 62-48.

Lobos are moving. Torrance to Kielpinski to basket. and a steal by Beggin and 2 more. ROCK ON LOBOS!!! 66-48.

Lobos on the move again. Beggin misses but Torrance gets the rebound and scores. 68-48.

14 shoots and misses, Lobos moving with 5:49 left. Torrance misses NC ball. Taylor’s in for Beggin.

Torrance brings the ball in post-foul, and they’re driving. Kielpinski scores 70-48.

Rebound to UNM and Taylor’s moving. She scores! 72-48.

Lobo ball on a foul.

NC ball out of bounds. Fans call 32 “Air Ball.” Nick names are so hard to lose. Steal by Nelson to Halasz to Kielpinski to Taylor to Nelson to basket. 75-48.

25, Nakia DeBlanc, completely misses the basket and the Lobos are driving once more. Missed basket.

Cheerleaders are doing handsprings down the court. Hair ribbons go flying.

Stats: Beggin is now 7 for 12; Best 6 for 9, Kielpinski 4 for 6.

NC free throw…one in for 25, score now 75-29 with 2:31 left. NC drives, Kielpinski fouls 13….it’s in for 1….it’s in for 2. 75-51.

Kielpinski’s called on a foul and NC gets the ball again. UNM steals under the basket. Erskine, Stark and Durbin came in. Torrance scores 2. 77-51.1 minute left….10 drives. 24, Durbin, gets called on a foul. 10, Thomas, shoots. It swirls and goes out. Stark fouls 10. She shoots….it’s in. Second shot is through. 77-53 with 45 seconds. The rookies are working, but tentative. 42 throws to NC. They get 2 more. 77-55. Nelson’s guarding the ball. It’s all over. 77-55.

GO LOBOS!!!!!

Game time tomorrow at 7:15 p.m.

Beggin finishes the game 7 of 12; Best 6 of 9; Torrance 3 of 4; Kielpinski 4 of 6; Taylor 5 of 7.

Postgame, Coach Don Flanagan gave his assessment. “I like the way we played, we picked our spots. We started slow, without Amy, but did a good job figuring out weaknesses,” he said. .He said that Beggin’s ankle injury kept her out of practice and in therapy. A team rule applies to starting when a player is unable to make practice.

Flanagan indicated that rebounding was a factor early. But, he said, “I like what we did in the second half. we had good shot selection, good shooting percentage. had no nervousness. no lack of poise.” He added that the Lobos did a good job of evaluating what the NC Aggies were doing.  He assessed that Torrance played a solid 22 minnutes, Kielpinski played 29 and that he rotated everybody. “Foul trouble early required making adjustments,” he said.

Flanagan said that NC A&T played a lot of zone before shifting to man-to-man.  Flanagan said that Beggin stayed on the bike to keep warm and still played 28 minutes.

“Nikki Nelson did a good job coming in. I was happy to see her play calmly. Iwant her to play side by side with Amy and then get her out of there, expand our bench.” Flanagan said the freshmen need more minutes. “We need to get  kids in there who feel comfortable,” he said.

Tomorrow the Lobos face  Toledo.  He said that the Toledo Rockets are very aggressive and bring a pressure defense. “We’ll see what happens under pressure. We feel pretty comfortable. We played a lot of minutes with the zone, something we haven’t done. Need a week at it in practice. It will be a different look tomorrow.  If we do what we did today, make adjustments, be calm, get good looks and be accurate in our shooting, we’ll do fine.”

Amy Beggin and Amanda Best met with the media post-game.

Beggin said that her ankle’s sore. and didn’t mind coming off the bench. Georonika deserved to go in there. I just want to help however ia can, contribute however I can whether I’m in 2 or 20 minutes,’ she said.

Amanda Best noted that she had to play point guard, something she’s done in practice. “I’d rather play with Amy, and hopefully the ankle thing won’;t linger on,” she said.

Best reiterated their lack of experience in zone, in fact this was only the second team to present it against the Lobos. A reporter said that a lot of teams will be looking at film from the Oklahoma State game, she quickly responded, “They can look at this tape, too.”