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                                      Lauren McLeod




                  Melissa Forest
2003 MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE
TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS


2003 NCAA SWEET SIXTEEN
                                                                                                                                              MEDIA
TABLE OF CONTENTS                                                                               UNIVERSITY QUICK FACTS
Media Information/Policies/Outlets ....................................... 2-3                  Location ....................................................... Albuquerque, N.M.
Staff Directory .......................................................................... 4    Founded ................................ 1889 by the Territorial Legislature
President Louis Caldera ........................................................... 5           Enrollment ...................................................................... 24,250
Athletics Director Rudy Davalos .............................................. 6                Nickname ......................................................................... Lobos
The University of New Mexico ............................................ 7-10                  Colors ............................................................. Cherry and Silver
Academics ......................................................................... 11-13       Affiliation ........................................................... NCAA Division I
Albuquerque/New Mexico ................................................. 14-16                  Conference ........................................................ Mountain West
The Pit ............................................................................... 18-25   Arena (Capacity) ................................ University Arena (18,018)
UNM Facilities ................................................................... 26-28        President ....................................................... Dr. F. Chris Garcia
Head Coach Don Flanagan .............................................. 30-36                    Director of Athletics ............................................ Rudy Davalos
Assistant Coaches/Staff .................................................... 37-39              Senior Woman Administrator ......................... Janice Ruggiero
Athletics Administration ..................................................... 40-43
Lobo Club ............................................................................... 44    COACHING STAFF
Lobo Legacy .......................................................................... 45       Head Coach ................................. Don Flanagan (Ft. Lewis ‘71)
2002-03 Athletics .............................................................. 46-47          School Record ................................................. 168-81 (8 years)
Lobo Coaches ........................................................................ 48        Career Record .................................................................. Same
2003-04 Roster ...................................................................... 50        Assistant ....................................... Yvonne Sanchez (USIU ‘89)
2003-04 Season Outlook .................................................. 51-53                 Assistant .............................. Dave Shoemate (New Mexico ‘82)
Player Profiles ................................................................... 54-68
Melissa Forest ................................................................... 54-55        BASKETBALL QUICK FACTS
Lauren McLeod ................................................................. 56-57           2002-03 Finish .................................................................... 24-9
Lindsey Arndt .................................................................... 58-59        All-Time School Record ......................... 351-339 (26 seasons)
Mandi Moore ..................................................................... 60-61         Postseason Appearances ................................................... Six
Jana Francis ...................................................................... 62-63       NCAA Appearances ...................................... 1998, 2002, 2003
Abbie Letz ......................................................................... 64-65      WNIT Appearances ....................................... 1999, 2000, 2001
Jenny Shetters/Judy Vogt ...................................................... 66              2002-03 MWC Record/Finish ........................................ 9-5/2nd
Julie Briody/Timi E-Nunu ........................................................ 67            2002-03 MWC Tournament Finish ................................. 3-0/1st
Fatima Maddox/Katie Montgomery/Wande Olude ................. 68                                 2002-03 Postseason ................................. 2-1, NCAA Sweet 16
Player Game By Game Statistics ...................................... 69-70                     Lettermen Returning/Lost ................................................... 6/7
Player Mountain West Conference and Postseason Statistics ... 71-72                             Starters Returning/Lost ....................................................... 2/3
Player Statistics Against 2003-04 Opponents ................... 73-74
Lobo Travel ....................................................................... 75-77                                    Mailing Address:
Governor’s Mansion Visit ....................................................... 78                                       University of New Mexico
2002-03 Season Review ................................................... 80-85                                           South Athletics Complex
Basketball Banquet ........................................................... 86-87                                   Albuquerque, N.M. 87131-0041
2002-03 Statistics ............................................................. 88-93
2002-03 Boxscores ........................................................... 94-99
2002-03 Seniors ............................................................ 100-102
Mountain West Conference ........................................... 104-106
2003-04 Opponents ...................................................... 107-113
Mountain West Conference Composite Schedule ........ 114-115
UNM vs. All Opponents ................................................. 116-117
UNM vs. Conferences .......................................................... 118
History of UNM Women’s Basketball ............................ 120-121
UNM History and Tradition ................................................... 122
Individual and Team Records ........................................ 123-139
Individual Honors ................................................................. 140
Conference History Statistics ........................................ 141-142
Conference Tournament Histroy .......................................... 143
NCAA Tournament ............................................................... 144
Postseason Boxscores ................................................. 145-147
All-time Results ............................................................. 147-151
All-time Coaching Records .................................................. 152
All-time Roster ...................................................................... 153
UNM Hall of Honor ............................................................... 154
Women’s Basketball Camp .................................................. 155
Radio/TV Roster ................................................................... 156




                                     2003 Mountain West Conference Tournament Champions                                                                                            1
             MEDIA
MEDIA INFORMATION
  The University of New Mexico athletic department would like to        call window, located at the southeast corner of The Pit. The will call
welcome members of the media to their coverage of the New               window opens 90 minutes before tipoff. Identification is required
Mexico women's basketball team. We hope this media guide will           to pick up credentials or tickets.
be useful in your coverage of the Lobos.
   In order to assure your seat on press row in University Arena,       Working Media Locations
we ask that you request credentials well in advance.                       The working press and radio locations are on the east and west
                                                                        sides of The Pit. Television cameras may shoot game footage
Media Credentials                                                       from either the north or south baselines. Media will be assigned
   Media representatives planning to cover games should contact         seats with a seating chart available in the media room and at the
Assistant Media Relations Director Brook Brandenburger in the           end of press row. The media may file from courtside or from the
media relations office at (505) 925-5854. The media will have a         media room.
credential left for them at the media will-call located at the south-
east entrance of University Arena.                                      Game Day Media Services
                                                                            Pregame packets including notes, statistics, programs with
Practice / Interviews                                                   rosters and media guides will be available in the press room.
   The New Mexico women's basketball practices are open to the          Halftime and final boxscores, plus a running play-by-play will be
media. Members of the media are asked to contact the media              provided.
relations office for specific interviews. Generally, practice is
scheduled from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cam-            Postgame Interviews
eras will not be allowed on The Pit floor until 3 p.m., unless prior      The New Mexico postgame locker room is closed to the media.
contact is made to the media relations office to make arrange-          Following the game, New Mexico coaches and players will be
ments.                                                                  available for interviews in the Pete McDavid Lounge after a brief
   To arrange for interviews with student-athletes, please contact      cooling down period (usually 10 minutes). Interview requests
Brook Brandenburger in the media relations office at least 24 hours     should be directed to Brook Brandenburger.
in advance so that a time mutually beneficial to both parties can be
arranged. Most interviews will take place following practice in The     Radio/Television Broadcast Space
Pit.                                                                        Requests for live radio and television broadcast space and
                                                                        credentials should be made to Brook Brandenburger, telephone,
Media Will Call                                                         505-925-5854.
 Media passes which are not mailed may be picked up at the will




 2      2003-04 University of New Mexico Women’s Basketball
                                                                                                     MEDIA
                                                                           MEDIA COVERAGE
    The University of New Mexico women’s basketball team gets extensive media coverage on a daily basis with two
large newspapers (Albuquerque Journal and Albuquerque Tribune), a school newspaper (Daily Lobo), numerous radio
outlets, including flagship station 770 KKOB-AM, and three television stations covering the beat.
    Lobo women’s basketball players are briefed on the proper techniques of handling media interviews. The experi-
ence of being a New Mexico women’s basketball player and working with the media actually becomes a classroom-
setting in the arena of public speaking on and off the basketball court. The interaction is healthy and pays dividends
later in life.



                                                                                 MEDIA OUTLETS
Print                                       Radio                                         Television
Albuquerque Journal (a.m.)                  KKOB-AM/KNML 610 AM RADIO                     KRQE-TV (CBS) - TELEVISION
Tim Coder, Editor; Mike Hall, beat writer   Mike Roberts (play-by-play)                   Mike Powers, Sports Director
P.O. Drawer J, Albuquerque, NM 87103        500 4th St. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102         P.O. Box 1294
P: (505) 823-3900, F: (505) 823-3998        P: (505) 767-6700, F: (505) 767-6767          Albuquerque, NM 87125
website: www.abqjournal.com                                                               P: (505) 764-5214, F: (505) 764-5296
                                            KUNM-89.9 FM
Albuquerque Tribune (p.m.)                  Onate Hall, 3rd Flr. North, Alb., NM 87131    KOB-TV (NBC)
Mike Garcia; Editor                         P: (505) 277-4806                             J.P. Murrieta, Sports Director
Brad Moore, beat writer                                                                   P.O. Box 1351
P.O. Drawer T, Albuquerque, NM 87103        KDEF-1150 AM                                  Albuquerque, NM 87103
P: (505) 823-3665, F: (505) 823-3689        Henry Tafoya                                  P: (505) 764-2450, F: (505) 764-2456
website: www.abqtrib.com                    2900 Louisiana NE Suite 250, Alb., NM 87111
                                            P: (505) 792-1150, F: (505) 899-4061          KOAT-TV (ABC)
Daily Lobo                                                                                Bob Brown, Sports Director
Marron Hall-UNM, Alb., NM 87131             KLYT-88.3 FM                                  P.O. Box 25982, Alb., NM 87125
P: (505) 277-7527, F: (505) 277-6228        3107 Eubank NE, Albuquerque, NM               P: (505) 884-6332, F: (505) 884-6282
website: www.lobolink.com                   87111
                                            P: (505) 293-8300, F: (505) 296-1331
The New Mexican
P.O. Box 2043, Santa Fe, NM 87501
P: (505) 983-3303, F: (505) 984-1785
website: www.sfnewmexican.com

Associated Press
Pete Herrera
5130 San Francisco NE, Suite A, Alb. NM
87109
P: (505) 822-9022, F: (505) 828-0310



LOBOS ON THE RADIO
     The University of New Mexico women's basketball team
is excited to broadcast its games during the 2003-04 sea-
son under the umbrella of Citadel Communications. "The
Sports Animal," 610 AM will broadcast all games, beginning
with a 15-minute pregame show.
    Play-by play for the women’s basketball broadcasts will
be provided by Mike Roberts or Joe Behrend They will be
joined during home games by former UNM assistant coach
Hazel Tull-Leach, who will provide color analysis.
                                                                            Mike Roberts                       Joe Behrend


                        2003 Mountain West Conference Tournament Champions                                                   3
              MEDIA
 Administration
 (Area Code 505) ............................................................................................................................................... OFFICE
 Rudy Davalos, Director of Athletics ................................................................................................................. 925-5510
 Conrad Colbert, Senior Associate Athletics Director/Administration ............................................................... 925-5500
 Janice Ruggiero, Associate Athletics Director/Compliance and Admin./Sr. Woman Admin. .......................... 277-2303
 Gavin Bevis, Associate Athletics Director/Football Operations ....................................................................... 925-5715
 Darren Dunn, Associate Athletics Director/Corporate Development ............................................................... 925-5014
 Mark Koson, Associate Athletics Director/Tickets/Auxiliary Services ............................................................. 925-5626
 Jada Lucey Martinez, Associate Athletics Director/Development ................................................................... 925-5014
 Greg Remington, Associate Athletics Director/Media Relations ..................................................................... 925-5520
 Bill Richards, Associate Athletics Director/Finance ......................................................................................... 925-5556
 Scott Dotson, Assistant Athletics Director/Facilities ........................................................................................ 925-5925
 David Flores, Assistant Athletics Director/Compliance ................................................................................... 277-6479
 Danny Trujillo, Assistant Athletics Director/Academic Services ...................................................................... 277-6538
 Joseph Weiss, Assistant Athletics Director/Marketing and Promotions .......................................................... 925-5014

 Women’s Basketball Staff
 Women's Basketball Office ............................................................................................................................. 925-5770
 Head Coach Don Flanagan ............................................................................................................................. 925-5770
 Assistant Coach Yvonne Sanchez .................................................................................................................. 925-5771
 Assistant Coach Dave Shoemate ................................................................................................................... 925-5776

 Media Relations
 Greg Remington, Director ................................................................................................ (H) 293-5048 (W) 925-5520
 Brook Brandenburger, Assistant Director, Women’s Basketball Contact .......................... (H) 884-0401 (W) 925-5854
 Brandenburger’s email ...................................................................................................................... brookb@unm.edu
 RaeAnn Feenaughty, Assistant Women’s Basketball Contact ........................................... (H) 830-9673 (W) 925-5851
 Feenaughty’s email ....................................................................................................................... feenaurm@unm.edu
 Jay Blackman, Assistant Director .................................................................................................................... 925-5528
 Ben Phlegar, Assistant Director ...................................................................................................................... 925-5533
 Alfredo Moreno, Assistant Director ................................................................................................................. 925-5524
 Erin Porter, Media Relations Assistant ............................................................................................................ 925-5523
 Lauren Cruse, Student Assistant .................................................................................................................... 925-5523
 Office FAX .......................................................................................................................................................925-5529
 Press Row .......................................................................................................................................................925-5988
 Press Room Phone/Fax ................................................................................................................. 764-0380/764-0445

 Athletics Support Staff
 Photography/Video ..........................................................................................................................................925-5718
 Aaron Day, Strength and Conditioning ............................................................................................................ 925-5665
 David Fox, Academic Services ....................................................................................................................... 277-6536
 Terry Furuta, Assistant Trainer ....................................................................................................................... 925-5540
 Diana Torres, Equipment Manager ................................................................................................................. 925-5660


Credits: The 2003-04 New Mexico women's basketball media guide
was written, designed and edited by Brook Brandenburger and Rae Ann                       2003-04 Ticket Prices                       Game                  Season
Fennaughty with assistance by the Athletic Media Relations Office and                     Chairback                                     $8                     $108
the women’s basketball staff.                                                             Bench (adult)                                 $7                      $81
     Action photography by Dave Benyak, Matt Dunn and J.B. Gallegos.
Additional photography by David Sherman, Steve Bercovitch, Yvonne
                                                                                          Bench (Youth, age 2-18)                       $4                      $27
Sanchez, Jody Hensen and Heather Croze. Head shots and team photo                         Bench (senior, age 55-)                       $5                      $63
by Matt Dunn. Covers design and printing by LithExcel. Special thanks
to Mike Hall, Albuquerque Journal, Terry Gugliotta, the Curator of Uni-
versity Archives for Women’s Hooplore, The Albuquerque Convention                           Fans from around the world can access all live radio broadcasts
and Visitors Bureau and to The Tourism Association of New Mexico.                      of Lobo sporting events through the internet.
     Copies of the publication can be purchased for $8 in person or $11                     The address for the University of New Mexico Athletics
by mail. Send check or money order to: UNM Athletics Media Relations,                  Department home page is: http://www.golobos.com. The ad-
1414 University Blvd., SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106. Make check pay-                      dress to access the Mountain West Conference's World Wide
able to The University of New Mexico.                                                  Web site is: http://www.theMWC.com.


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                                                                                               UNIVERSITY
               UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT LOUIS CALDERA
                               On May         Army from 1998 to 2001, Caldera, to-        cation, foster care, and health and
                           13, 2003,          gether with the Army's Chief of Staff,      safety.
                           the Univer-        General Eric K. Shinseki, announced              Prior to his election to the Assem-
                           sity of New        and set into motion a new vision for a      bly, he worked as a Deputy County
                           M e x i c o        more versatile and highly deployable        Counsel for the County of Los Ange-
                           Board of Re-       force. During his tenure, Caldera also      les and as an attorney in private prac-
                           g e n t s          successfully led a reversal of recruit-     tice, including at the law firm of
                           n a m e d          ing shortfalls and initiated a range of     O'Melveny & Myers.
                           L o u i s          highly popular educational programs              Caldera has served on numerous
                           Caldera the        for soldiers and potential recruits.        boards and commissions, including
                           University’s            As Managing Director and Chief         the National Commission on the Se-
18th President effective Aug. 1, 2003.        Operating Officer of the Corporation for    nior Year in High School, the Ad
     Caldera was Vice Chancellor for          National and Community Service from         Council's Community Affairs Advisory
University Advancement of The Cali-           1997 to 1998, Caldera ran the federal       Committee and the Panama Canal
fornia State University System. The           grant-making agency that supports the       Commission. He is also a member of
CSU system is the largest four-year           volunteer       service      programs       the Council on Foreign Relations. Re-
university system in the country, with        AmeriCorps, the National Senior Ser-        cent honors include the Department
headquarters in Long Beach and 23             vice Corps and Learn and Serve              of Defense Distinguished Civilian
campuses across the state.                    America.                                    Award and the U.S. Hispanic Cham-
     As Vice Chancellor, his portfolio in-         Elected to three terms in the Cali-    ber of Commerce Chairman's Award.
cludes system-wide fundraising and            fornia State Assembly, Caldera repre-            Caldera holds a Bachelor of Sci-
development programs, legislative af-         sented the 46th District, located in and    ence degree from the United States
fairs, community relations, alumni af-        around downtown Los Angeles, from           Military Academy (‘78), an M.B.A. from
fairs, public affairs and communica-          1992 to 1997.                               Harvard Business School (‘87) and a
tions. He also serves as President of              During his tenure, Caldera chaired     Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School
the CSU Foundation.                           several business and finance commit-        (‘87). He is married to Eva Orlebeke
     Before arriving at CSU, Caldera          tees, and was an active proponent of        Caldera and has three daughters,
held two appointed posts in the Clinton       measures to improve the lives of chil-      Allegra, Sophia and Camille.
administration. As Secretary of the           dren, particularly in the areas of edu-




                                              VICE PRESIDENTS




     R. Philip Eaton, M.D.       Brian Foster                Judy Jones            Dr. Eliseo Torres       Julie Weaks Gutierrez
       Health Sciences              Provost                 Institutional            Student Affairs          Business/Finance
                                                            Advancement




                             2003 Mountain West Conference Tournament Champions                                                    5
      UNIVERSITY
ATHLETICS DIRECTOR RUDY DAVALOS
                                   Rudy Davalos       ranked in the top-10 in national average atten-          completed a term on the NCAA Championship
                                   is in his 11th     dance four of the past five years...the women            Competition Cabinet and now serves on the
                                   year as direc-     were fourth in 2002-03 at an all-time high of            NCAA Div. I Baseball Committee.
                                   tor of athletics   11,896 a game                                                 Davalos' administrative career on the colle-
                                   at the Univer-                                                              giate level began in 1975 as the athletics director
                                   sity of New        Facilities                                               at the University of Texas-San Antonio. He
                                   Mexico. Only       • With the tremendous aid of the New Mexico              spent nine years (1975-84) as the leader of the
                                   Roy Johnson        State Legislature, governors, local businesses           Roadrunner athletics department before being
                                   (1920-49) and      and private contributions, virtually every UNM           hired at Houston.
                                   Pete McDavid       athletics facility has received a facelift                    Davalos returned to San Antonio to serve as
                                   (1956-74)          • Renovations to the northeast corner of the Uni-        the director of community relations for the San
                                   have served        versity Stadium will begin at the end of the 2003        Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Asso-
                                   the      office    season...capacity was increased to more than             ciation. Davalos also worked as a television and
                                   l o n g e r .      37,000 prior to the start of 2001 with added seats       radio commentator for the Spurs. He spent one
                                   Davalos is the     in the north end zone...a new scoreboard and             season with the NBA team until his return to
11th person to hold the position after being          LoboVision videoboard were also installed                Houston as the athletics director in 1987.
named to the post on November 16, 1992.               • The Tow Diehm Athletics Facility - which houses             Before Davalos entered the ranks of athlet-
    Earlier this year Davalos was recognized by       the weight room, sports medicine and the Lobo            ics administration he was a long time basketball
Sports Illustrated as one of the 101 Most Influ-      football team rates as one of the premier train-         coach. His coaching career began in 1961 as an
ential Minorities in Sports. Davalos’ accomplish-     ing centers in intercollegiate athletics                 assistant coach at Georgetown (Ky.) College.
ments at UNM:                                         • Additional improvements include lights for the         He also had assistant coaching stints at Ken-
                                                      football practice fields, renovations and exterior       tucky (1962) and Auburn (1963-70) before being
Academics                                             landscaping at The Pit, new locker rooms for             named head men's basketball coach at the
• UNM’s highest combined student-athlete se-          men’s and women’s basketball and the Olympic             University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee,
mester GPA prior to 1992 was a 2.73 on two            sports programs, two tennis bubbles, and new             in 1970. He was the head coach at South for
occasions...the student-athletes representing         infield grass and lights for the soccer and track        three seasons (1970-73).
the Lobos’ 21 sports posted a 3.04 in the spring      teams                                                         Davalos led the Tigers to the College Ath-
of 2003...that’s the highest semester GPA since                                                                letic Conference championship and produced
the school began tracking grades in the fall of       Financial                                                the best single-season record in the school's
1988 and the ninth consecutive semester that          • Not once has UNM finished a fiscal year over           history with a 23-4 mark in 1972-73.
the average has increased...the GPA has been          budget since Davalos took over                                Davalos moved to the San Antonio Spurs of
at 2.80 or higher for 13 consecutive terms...13       • When Davalos started in 1992, the                      the NBA in 1973. He was an assistant coach and
student-athletes were named to academic All-          department’s budget was $9.4 million...the Lo-           Director of Player Personnel for three years,
America teams in 2002-03, and 61 have gained          bos will operate the 2003-04 fiscal year with a          until his move to the University of Texas-San
national academic recognition since 1993              budget of more than $20.4 million                        Antonio.
                                                                                                                    Davalos' leadership in college athletics be-
Athletics Competition                                 Fund-Raising                                             gan as early as 1960, when he was the captain
• In the 10 years before Davalos came to UNM,         • UNM’s nationally-respected marketing and pro-          of the Southwest Texas State basketball team.
only five sports combined to win or share 10          motions program and fund-raising organization            An All-American point guard for the Bobcats,
conference titles...since his arrival, seven teams    (Lobo Club) produces more than $6 million an-            Davalos led SWTS to an NAIA national title. He
have won or shared 25 league crowns...UNM             nually...10 years ago it was less than one-third         was inducted into the NAIA Basketball Hall of
has been represented at NCAA postseason               of that and corporate sponsorships did not exist         Fame in 1977, the Southwest Texas State Hall of
competition 89 times since the spring of 1993,        • Davalos has been the leader behind several             Fame in 1983, the Texas High School Basket-
while 114 student-athletes have earned All-           projects that benefit UNM student-athletes like          ball Hall of Fame in 1999 and the San Antonio
America recognition                                   the nine sold-out skysuites at University Stadium        Sports Hall of Fame in 2002. He was also named
• From 1983-92, football was 29-88 overall and        and the Lobo Level seating at The Pit, which             a Southwest Texas State Distinguished Alum-
15-61 in conference play...since 1993, the over-      adds nearly $500,000 a year to the scholarship           nus in 2001.
all mark is 55-63, 35-41 in league, including four    fund                                                          A native of San Antonio, Texas, Davalos
winning seasons, a division title (1997) and the                                                               graduated from Southwest Texas State in 1960
school’s only two bowl appearances since 1961              Hired to be the athletics director at Houston       with a degree in Education. He received his
• Men’s basketball has made nine trips to the         in January, 1987, Davalos was credited with the          master's degree in Education from Georgetown
postseason since the 1992-93 season, includ-          procurement of gift-in-kind donation to the Cou-         (Ky.) College in 1962.
ing six NCAA Tournaments...from 1983-92, the          gar athletics department in excess of $32 mil-                Always a leader in the community, Davalos
Lobos advanced to the NCAAs once                      lion. He spearheaded projects at UH that led to          was twice (1984, 1986) chairman of the San
• All of the women’s basketball postseason            a state-of-the-art athletics facility, a baseball sta-   Antonio Summer Youth Games. He previously
showings have occurred in the past six years          dium, tennis courts and renovation of departmen-         served on the board of directors of the San
with three NCAA Tournament showings, includ-          tal offices.                                             Antonio Boys Club of America and the San
ing a Sweet 16 appearance in 2003, and three               With Davalos at the controls of the UH athlet-      Antonio YMCA. Davalos currently serves on the
NITs                                                  ics department, the Cougar program enjoyed               Albuquerque Sports Council board of directors.
                                                      enormous success. The Houston football pro-                   Davalos has been recognized repeatedly
Attendance                                            gram produced a Heisman Trophy winner (Andre             throughout his career for his efforts on behalf of
• In 2001, Lobo football set records for single-      Ware in 1989) during the Davalos tenure.                 young people. In 1976 he received the Catholic
game (41,771 vs. UTEP), season (187,608) and               While at Houston, Davalos also served on            Youth Organization's "Man in Youth" award. He
average (31,268) attendance...the top-10 Uni-         the NCAA Men's Basketball Committee from the             is also a former president of the San Antonio
versity Stadium crowds have been since 1993           Midwest Region. He was relieved of those duties          Quarterback Club.
• Average attendance for football since 1993 is       when he took the New Mexico job, but returned                 Davalos, 64, is married to the former Gail
26,965 compared to 17,502 from 1983-92                to the committee on September 1, 1994, an                Marlin. They have three children, Dave, Doug
• Lobo men’s and women’s basketball both              appointment that ended in 1999. Davalos just             and Deana.


 6       2003-04 University of New Mexico Women’s Basketball
     UNIVERSITY                                                                                       UNIVERSITY
                                 THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
Founded in 1889, the University of New Mexico occupies nearly 700       for the past six years. This designation recognizes UNM’s outstand-
acres along historic Route 66 in the heart of Albuquerque, a city of    ing academic quality at an exceptional value.
half a million people. From the magnificent volcanic mesas to the
west, past the banks of the fabled Rio Grande toward the Sandia         University Hospital provides the only Trauma I-level services in the
Mountains to the east, Albuquerque thrives on a dynamic blend of        state. The UNM Health Sciences Center also provides a highly re-
three major cultures and an open, friendly style set in a stunning      garded neonatal intensive care center, a state-of-the-art cancer re-
location.                                                               search and treatment center and the state’s most comprehensive
                                                                        group of tertiary care specialists. In 2000-2001, the UNM Health
UNM’s beautiful campus environment, with its unique Pueblo Re-          Sciences Center recorded 641,880 outpatient visits and 123,025
vival architectural theme, is known to Albuquerque residents as an      inpatient days.
oasis in their city. This oasis features a nationally recognized Cam-
pus Arboretum that offers an outstanding botanical experience and       UNM’s Outstanding People and Programs
is known as one of the state’s great public open spaces.
                                                                        The University’s outstanding faculty includes a Nobel Laureate, a
The University has branch campuses in Gallup, Los Alamos, Valencia      MacArthur Fellow and several members of the national academies.
County and Taos, as well as graduate centers in Los Alamos and          Contract and grant awards for FY 2001 tallied $235.7 million, with
Santa Fe. In the Fall of 2001, 23,659 students attended classes on      $147.2 million attributed to main campus contract and grant awards
the main campus while another 6,459 attended the branch cam-            and $88.5 million attributed to the UNM Health Sciences Center.
puses.
                                                                        A sampling of the many outstanding contributions UNM faculty have
UNM is a Carnegie Research/Doctoral-Extensive University, a dis-        made to the quality of life of New Mexicans include the following:
tinction that recognizes an exceptional level of funded research ac-
tivity, an extensive array of graduate and professional programs and    Research by UNM biologists that led to the rapid detection of the
a complete complement of high quality undergraduate programs.           hantavirus outbreak has been chosen by the National Science Foun-
UNM is also designated as a Minority-serving institution and is one     dation as one of the 50 discoveries made with NSF funding that
of only four Research/Doctoral-Extensive institutions in the country    have had the greatest impact on the lives of Americans.
to also be designated as Hispanic-serving. 28.4% of the student
population is Hispanic while another 5.1% is American Indian.           University Science Indicators’ list of the high impact universities with
                                                                        the most cited research in Materials Science (1996 – 2000) has
The University offers more than 200 separate degrees and degree         UNM at No. 5 in the company of USC, Harvard, UC-Santa Barbara
programs and has New Mexico’s only schools of Law, Medicine,            and Princeton.
Architecture and Pharmacy. Several UNM graduate programs are
nationally-ranked, among them, family medicine and rural medicine,      The Institute for Environmental Education is a nationally recognized
primary care medicine, clinical law, printmaking, photography, engi-    provider of innovative curriculum and instructional materials. The
neering and art and art history.                                        Institute offers the opportunity for architecture students to teach ar-
                                                                        chitecture and design to children in public and private schools as
UNM is also ranked among the top universities in the country in         service learners.
terms of the overall quality of its undergraduate programs. Since
1998, UNM students have been awarded two Rhodes, two Marshall,          The Department of Linguistics is involved in serving the various lan-
four Truman and five Goldwater scholarships – the nation’s most         guage communities of New Mexico according to their needs. The
competitive and prestigious academic awards. At the same time,          work done in Native American communities is, out of necessity, a
UNM is also one of America’s Best 100 College Buys and has been         combination of service and research.


                                  BOARD OF REGENTS




       Sandra                    Mel                    Jack                   Maria                     Jamie                  Andrea
   Begay-Campbell               Eaves                  Fortner              Griego-Raby                  Koch                    Cook




                           2003 Mountain West Conference Tournament Champions                                                               7
     UNIVERSITY
THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
LodeStar's Portable Planetarium is a teaching tool that can be brought    ests, there are chartered student organizations for just about inter-
right into the classroom or community event. Children view realistic      est, from student government to academic honoraries to religious
constellation simulations, the planet positions at night, and the sky     groups, athletic clubs and cultural clubs.
as it changes through the seasons during a star show in the plan-
etarium.                                                                  UNM provides a rich cultural resource for the community and the
                                                                          state. Popejoy Hall, located in the Center for the Arts, opened in
The Center for Health Law and Ethics develops and administers health      1966 and has hosted more than 6 million people at concerts and
policy law and bio-ethics projects. It provides training, research, ma-   performances of world-class stature. The community has access to
terials development, and other services to health and legal profes-       UNM’s seven libraries and ten museums and galleries, with exhibits
sionals, legislators and their staff members, and others with an inter-   ranging from the arts and anthropology to meteors and moon rocks.
est in current developments and research in the areas of health law       UNM’s Tamarind Institute is one of the most respected printmaking
and ethics.                                                               workshops in the world.

UNM Campus and Community Life                                             Public television station KNME-TV reaches a wide audience through-
                                                                          out New Mexico. In addition to Emmy and Peabody awards, the sta-
More than 2,400 students take advantage of on-campus living in a          tion is also the recipient of a National Educational Television Asso-
wide variety of residence halls and apartment style-quarters. Also,       ciation award for documentary/biography and a PBS Communica-
for students living on and off campus and with many and varied inter-     tion Award. Meanwhile, KUNM, the award-winning public radio sta-
                                                                          tion, is one of the premier community radio stations in the region.

                                                                          UNM is a vital contributing member of the New Mexico community
                                                                          and proud of its service to the citizens of this state. The University
                                                                          counts itself fortunate to be part of this community and region.




In addition to its role as the state's premier educational institution,
UNM is also a primary cultural and recreational resource. Dane
Smith is UNM's newest classroom building.

                                                                          The Duckpond is a campus gathering spot as well as a frequent
                                                                          location for weddings and photos.




There is an officially chartered student orga-
nization for just about every interest, from stu-                         UNM's Zimmerman Library is frequently cited as the best example
dent government to academic honoraries, re-                               of the Spanish-Pueblo revival that characterizes the campus. It is
ligious groups, athletic and cultural groups.                             the largest and most comprehensive library in the state.


 8      2003-04 University of New Mexico Women’s Basketball
                                                                                   UNIVERSITY
                                                      UNM’S PROGRAMS
Robert O. Anderson Schools of Management



                       The Anderson Schools Top 5
                        Great Things for 2002-03
      1. Recognized as a “best value” by US News and World Report.

      2. More than 40% of students in the MBA Program are women, beating
      national averages by 10%; and more than 38% of the faculty are women,
      beating national averages by 20%.

      3. The average starting salary for an Anderson BBA graduate is $38,541 and the
      average starting salary for an Anderson MBA graduate is $54,176 - both well
      above state averages and competitive with the starting salaries of business gradu-
      ates nationwide.

      4. The Small Business Institute, serving more than 50 small business clients
      annually with student consulting teams, is a Top 10 University Small Busi-
      ness Institute.

      5. The MBA Program has been named one of the Top 10 Business Programs in
      the nation for Hispanic students by Hispanic Business magazine two years run-
      ning - moving from 10th to 8th place.




 University of New Mexico School of Law




                                                                               UNM’s Clinical Law Program is ranked
                                                                               No. 7 in the country in the U.S. News
                                                                               and World Report’s guide to the
                                                                               country’s best graduate schools.

                                                                               The School of Law recently broke
                                                                               ground on a $750,000 addition to its
                                                                               already excellent facilities.




   2003 Mountain West Conference Tournament Champions                                                              9
  UNIVERSITY
UNM’S PROGRAMS
         University of New Mexico School of Medicine




                            The University of New Mexico
                            School of Medicine is home to
                            some of the top medical programs
                            in the country. U.S. News and
                            World Report recognizes UNM’s
                            Rural Medicine (2nd), Primary
                            Care (3rd), and Family Medicine
                            (6th) programs among the top
                            graduate schools in the country.




    University of New Mexico Farris Engineering School




                  The University of New Mexico’s Farris Engineering School is ranked in the top-50 engi-
                  neering schools in the country by U.S. News and World Report. Farris offers degrees in
                  chemical and nuclear engineering, civil engineering, computer science, electrical and
                  computer engineering, and mechanical engineering.



10 2003-04 University of New Mexico Women’s Basketball
                                                                                                 UNIVERSITY
                                                         UNM SUPPORT SERVICES
    The University of New Mexico women’s basketball program places a tremendous amount of emphasis on the "student" aspect of
"student-athlete." The Lobos have an intricate support system through academic services which guarantees a player will have the
opportunity to make the most of her education. In head coach Don Flanagan’s seven years at UNM, all players who have completed
their eligibility under him have received their degree. Additionally, 20 players have been named to the all-conference academic team,
and the team grade point average has been above 2.97 in each of the last ten semesters (Fall ‘98 - Spring ‘03).
      Academic services monitors all
classes for Lobo basketball players to en-
sure that the student-athlete is keeping
up with her work. Any player with less
than a 2.7 cumulative grade point aver-
age is required to attend a total of 10 hours
of study hall per week. All freshmen as
well, regardless of GPA, are required to
attend 10 hours of study hall per week,
assuring that they remain eligible and
work toward the completion of their de-
gree. Tutors are provided for any student-
athlete who requests one or by decision
of the coaching staff, and all players meet
once a week with assistant coaches on
their academic progress and develop-
ment. Additionally, mandatory two-hour
study sessions for all players are con-
ducted on all road trips, and players have
access to laptop computers when they
travel as well.
   The academic services staff is also re-
sponsible for ensuring that all players
meet NCAA initial eligibility requirements         University of New Mexico athletes have exclusive access to the computer lab in the
and have been certified by the NCAA                                    Johnson Center academic advisement office.
Clearinghouse. They also assist with
scheduling classes so that minimal work
is missed during the season, and they are
constantly available in an advisement ca-
pacity.




                        David Fox
                        Women’s Basketball Academic Advisor

                            David Fox is in his seventh year at the        Fox is a 1986 graduate of Garden City (Kan.) High School.
                        University of New Mexico as the women’s       He played defensive back two years at Garden City Community
                        basketball academic advisor. Fox served       College (1986-87).
                        two years as a graduate assistant under            Fox went to Drake University for two years (1988-89) where
                        former head football coach Dennis             he was a two-year starter at defensive back. Fox graduated from
                        Franchione from 1995-96. Under Fox’s          Drake in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in biology.
                        watch the Lobo women’s basketball team             Fox earned his master’s degree in Higher Education from
                        combined to post a 3.52 grade-point-av-       Drake in 1994.
erage during the 2002 fall semester. That’s the highest semester           Fox’s younger brother, Mark, is the assistant men’s basket-
GPA by the UNM women’s basketball team since the school be-           ball coach at the University of Nevada. His older brother, Major
gan charting grades in 1988. Since Fox and Don Flanagan have          Scott Fox, is a commander at the United States Air Force Space
been at UNM the women’s basketball team continues to push             Command at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs. The
their GPA higher and higher.                                          34-year old Fox is single.



                          2003 Mountain West Conference Tournament Champions 11
   UNIVERSITY
ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
     With over 170 accredited disciplines to choose from, the University of New Mexico offers something for everyone in
a unique learning environment. UNM’s programs in Latin American studies, laser optics, environmental studies, pho-
tography, and lithography have all earned international acclaim. Graduate programs in arts and sciences, business,
education, engineering, and fine arts are also available.
     UNM offers several degree programs, most requiring four years for completion, that are offered nowhere else in New
Mexico. These include computer engineering, dental hygiene, physical therapy, nursing, pharmacy, architecture, and
dance.
     The University College is the first academic home
for all freshmen and many transfer students. Freshmen                            NCAA LIFE SKILLS
must complete 26 hours of credit within UC before
transferring to the college of their major area of study.      All University of New Mexico student-athletes participate
This allows students an opportunity to adjust to college    in NCAA Life Skills, a comprehensive program that aids in
life and take a variety of courses before having to         the transition of college life academically, athletically and
decide what degree to pursue.                               socially.
     After completing approximately one year of col-           Specific topics include study skills, goal-setting, time man-
lege, students may begin fine tuning their academic         agement, values, fiscal responsibility, stress management,
interests in one of the following programs: the School of   nutrition, substance abuse and community outreach.
Architecture and Planning, College of Arts and Sci-            Upperclassmen are given guidance regarding internships,
ences, College of Education, College of Engineering,
                                                            career development and how to prepare for an interview.
College of Fine Arts, Schools of Management, College
                                                                It’s also a way for student-athletes to give back to the
of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, Division of Dental
Programs, or School of Medicine. If no single college or    community. A small sampling of Lobo women’s basketball
program offers what a student needs, he or she may          players’ activities include speaking to elementary and middle
elect to remain in University College and design an         school kids about staying in school and assisting with the
individualized Bachelor of University Studies degree.       department’s successful Read with the Lobos program.




             Academic Advisement (L-R): Dawn Martinez, Lynn Nunez, David LaVetter, Danny Trujillo, David Fox, Jennifer White



12 2003-04 University of New Mexico Women’s Basketball
                                                                               UNIVERSITY
                                               ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
                                                          2002-03 ACADEMIC
 LOBO ACADEMICS UNDER                                ALL-CONFERENCE HONOREES
    DON FLANAGAN
    Since the arrival of head coach Don Flanagan,
not only has the women’s basketball team’s perfor-
mance improved on the court, it has also improved
in the classroom. The overall GPA has steadily
increased in each of Flanagan’s seven years.
    The women’s basketball team combined to
post a 3.52 grade-point-average during the 2002              Daja Adams             Jordan Adams
fall semester, the highest in school history. In
fact, all the top GPA performances for the Lobos
have occurred since Don Flanagan took over at
UNM in the spring of 1995. UNM has been
charting grades since the fall of 1988.
    Since Flanagan’s arrival at UNM, New Mexico
has had 19 players claim academic all-conference
honors, and several of those players have earned
the honor more than once. Last season the team
produced eight honorees, the most since UNM                 Lindsey Arndt           Melissa Forest
began charting grades.
1996-97                  2000-01
Katie Kern               Nikki Heckroth
                         Molly McKinnon
1997-98                  Lauren McLeod
Sonya Bryant             Jennifer Williams
Jodi Cory
Katie Kern               2001-02
Whitney Reierson         Lindsey Arndt                       Abbie Letz            Lauren McLeod
Tamika Stukes            Melissa Forest
                         Molly McKinnon
1998-99                  Lauren McLeod
Susan Bocock             Mandi Moore                   TEAM GPA
Sonya Bryant             Tiffany Scaglione           UNM women’s basketball
Jodi Cory                Brittany Wolfgang           team grade point average
Nikki Heckroth                                       since Don Flanagan’s ar-
Katie Kern               2002-03                     rival in 1995-96:
Molly McKinnon           Daja Adams
Aiyana Nash              Jordan Adams                        Spring         Fall    Mandi Moore
Jennifer Williams        Lindsey Arndt               2003     3.33
                         Melissa Forest              2002     3.29          3.52
1999-00                  Abbie Letz                  2001     3.23          3.19
Susan Bocock             Lauren McLeod               2000     3.15          2.97
Sonya Bryant             Mandi Moore                 1999     3.16          3.17
Nikki Heckroth           Tiffany Scaglione           1998     2.96          3.02
Molly McKinnon                                       1997     3.01          3.07
Aiyana Nash                                          1996     2.99          2.82
Jennifer Williams                                    1995      ---          2.72
                                                                                   Tiffany Scaglione

                    2003 Mountain West Conference Tournament Champions 13
   NEW MEXICO

ENCHANTING NEW MEXICO
   The Land of Enchantment. Visualize picturesque landscapes carved by nature over
millions of years; skies so clear and rich they soothe; majestic forests, clear, cold
mountain streams and peaceful lakes; diverse peoples whose cultural traditions span
hundreds and thousands of years; breathtaking sunsets of inspiring brilliance; warm
and friendly people with magic in every smile; and fabulous cuisine featuring New
Mexico's very own chile. This is New Mexico.
     Blessed with a varied landscape of lush forests, arid deserts, rolling plains and
soaring mountain ranges, New Mexico enjoys a scenic diversity unmatched in most
states. No less diverse is the state's culture, a mosaic of Native American, Spanish and
Anglo traditions that intermingle but never blend, much like the land around them. From
the ancient ruins of the Anasazi to atomic testing ranges at beautiful White Sands, New
Mexico is as distinctive as its rich cultural heritage.
    Cultural offerings flourish in New Mexico. Major art colonies have grown around
                                                  Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Taos. Santa Fe
                                                  also boasts an internationally recognized op-            Carlsbad Cavern National Park in
   NEW MEXICO FAST FACTS                          era company, and all three cities have an              southeastern New Mexico has long been
                                                                                                            known as the “8th Wonder of the
  Statehood Day:                Jan. 6, 1912      impressive array of museums.                                          World.”
  State Slogan: The Land of Enchantment                 New Mexico's contrasting roots are evi-
  Population:                       1,700,000     denced by the eclectic mix of architectural
  Area:121,666 square miles; ranks 5th in U.S.    styles. Adobe buildings with Spanish accents
  Capital:                           Santa Fe     line the streets of many towns, testimony to the
  Largest City:                Albuquerque        remarkable peoples that tamed this majestic
  Highest Point:   13,161 ft., Wheeler Peak       state. Turn of the century Victorian homes and
  Lowest Point:          2,817 ft., Red Bluff     commercial buildings, century-old railroad de-
                                                  pots, western boomtown construction and In-
                                                  dian pueblos, inhabited for nearly a thousand
years, contribute to New Mexico's diverse streetscape.
    Another appealing facet is the varied recreational scene. From white-water rafting
and hang gliding to hiking and fishing, New Mexico's lakes, rivers, mountains, deserts
and forests provide a wealth of outdoor activities.
   Tourism is extremely important in New Mexico, contributing some $2.6 billion to the
economy and employing more than 50,000 people. The state's moderate climate,
                                                                           scenic beauty, historic         Taos Ski Valley, 150 miles north of
                                                                             sites, and bountiful rec-     Albuquerque, is an internationally
                                                                                                          known ski area and one of 10 Alpine
            • Farmington                                                     reational opportunities       oases in the heart of the America’s
                                               • Taos                       contribute to its appeal.               desert Southwest.
                                                                                The weather in New
                                       • Los Alamos
                                                                            Mexico is fantastic. New
                                           • Santa Fe                       Mexico is known for its
          • Gallup                                                         dry climate and brilliant
                                   • Albuquerque                           blue skies. Before the
                                                                           Land of Enchantment be-
                                                                          came the state slogan,
                                                                          New Mexico went by the
                                                                          nickname The Sunshine
                                                       • Roswell         State--based on the fact
                                                                         that every part of New
           • Silver City                                                Mexico receives sunshine
                                                                        at least 70 percent of the
                               • Las Cruces              • Carlsbad time year-round.
                                                                            Above all, New Mexico
                                                                       is a friendly place. The           Established in 1609, Santa Fe is the
                 warmth of Southwestern hospitality and the unhurried pace have a                        oldest capital in the United States. An
                                                                                                            hour northeast of Albuquerque,
              special appeal, making visitors want to return again and again to experience
                                                                                                          Santa Fe is also known as the “City
the magic of "America's Land of Enchantment."                                                                           Different.”

14 2003-04 University of New Mexico Women’s Basketball
                                                                                                                         ALBUQUERQUE
                                                             ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO
                                                              The sun sets dream-          dry days and crisp, clear nights. Expansive blue days greet you more
                                                          ily, playing colorful sym-       than 300 days a year, with temperatures ranging from 44º F in Janu-
                                                          phonies of light on the          ary to 93º F in July. Snow falls mostly in the mountains, leaving the
                                                          city. The Sandia Moun-           city a comfortable
                                                          tains to the east take on        paradise. So in win-
                                                          a delicious pink hue ac-         ter, you can Ski &
                                                          cented by deep violet            Tee, or in other
                                                          shadows, red-hot chile           words, snow ski in
                                                          ristras hang from the ex-        the morning and play
                                                          posed pine vigas of a            golf in the afternoon.
                                                          distinctively Southwest-                Albuquerque
 The Albuquerque Aquarium offers a glimpse at animal                                       paints a calendar of
         life that is not found in the southwest.
                                                          ern adobe cathedral.
                                                          The subtle breeze ech-           events and attrac-
oes the relaxed friendliness of the city’s 500,000 residents. Welcome                      tions you can’t find
to Albuquerque, New Mexico - a city whose unique mosaic of breath-                         anywhere else. A
taking landscapes, historic cultures and modern lifestyles touches the                     kaleidoscope of
hearts and minds of all who visit.                                                         shapes and colors
      Nestled between the majestic Sandia Mountains and the famed                          lifts off every morning
Rio Grande River, Albuquerque bursts with dramatic contrasts. From                         for nine days in Oc-
a lush cottonwood forest along the river, to a pine-forested mountain                      tober as more than
side, to a sagebrush-dappled high desert, to the modern bustling of a                      600 hot air balloons
high-rise downtown, you can find it in Albuquerque.                                        gather in Albuquer-
      The Sandia mountains rank among Albuquerque’s greatest rec-                          que for the Interna-
reational assets, a mountain                                                               tional Balloon Fiesta,
playground at the very edge                                                                the world’s most
of the city. The west side fac-                                                            photographed event.
ing Albuquerque is a rugged,                                                                      On Christmas
rocky escarpment rising al-                                                                Eve, homes through-
most a straight mile above                                                                 out the city light up
the city. Sandia Peak Tram,                                                                with “Luminarias” - a
longest (2.7 miles) and most                                                               300-year-old His-
spectacular tram ride in North                                                             panic tradition of        Sandia Peak Tram, the longest in N. America, whisks
                                                                                           placing candle-illumi-   visitors to the top of the 10,378 foot-high Sandia Peak.
America, rises up the
mountain’s west side. There                 The Albuquerque BioPark is one of the city’s   nated paper bags
are also picnic areas, horse-                           many attractions.                  along pathways to light the Christ child’s way. And the city’s cultural
back trails, hiking, canyons,                                                              diversity comes alive during Summerfest, a series of Saturday night
streams, and ski runs.                                                                     bazaars featuring a different culture’s foods, customs and entertain-
      Albuquerque’s rich history is also a study in contrasts - a dy-                      ment each week. Last but not least, dining in Albuquerque is always
namic blend of Indian, Hispanic and Anglo cultures over hundreds of                        an event. From authentic New Mexican enchiladas and tamales to
centuries. Visit the 19 authentic Indian pueblos within a day’s drive of                   Italian pastas to Chinese take out to old-fashioned home cooking. A
Albuquerque to glimpse the worlds of different Indian tribes. Walk                         whole world of flavors are yours for the tasting in Albuquerque.
among the native adobe buildings of historic Old Town, the Spanish                                Albuquerque is a celebration of the human spirit. And it’s only a
plaza of Albuquerque chartered by the King of Spain in 1706.                               one-hour flight away from Denver and Phoenix, less than two hours
      The climate is spectacular, regardless of season, with moderate                      from Los Angeles and Dallas, and under 3 hours from Chicago.




                                  2003 Mountain West Conference Tournament Champions 15
ALBUQUERQUE

BALLOON FIESTA
   From a small gathering of 13 balloons in 1972,
the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta has
grown to become the largest balloon event in the
world. Held each year during the first week in
October, the Balloon Fiesta attracts hundreds of
thousands of guests to Balloon Fiesta Park to ex-
perience a nine-day extravaganza of color and ex-
citement, celebrating the world's oldest aviation
sport, ballooning. The event not only features hot
air balloons but also the prestigious gas balloons.
     Each year balloons come from around the
world to participate in the event and news cover-
age originates from more than 50 countries. It
has become the most photographed event in the
world. Albuquerque is the premier ballooning city
due to the crystal skies, perfect October climate
and a phenomenon called the "Albuquerque Box."
With a combination of weather patterns and geo-
graphic landscape, the box allows balloonists to control
and even retrace their adventure. Balloon Fiesta Park
covers over 200 acres and is filled with balloons and ven-
dors selling everything from traditional New Mexican food
to balloon memorabilia.




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