Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

taking it to the next level.(Sports)

Byline: Story by Mike Hall * Photograph by Rose Palmisano * Of the Journal

UNM must gain national recognition if it ever hopes to become an elite program

Andy Landers calls it his "reverse-of-what-we-learned-in-science-class" theory.

And the University of New Mexico women can explore it in their basketball laboratory as they figure out how to ratchet up their program another notch.

"It's the first thing I think of when somebody tells me they're building a program," the Georgia women's coach says. "Before something can go up, something or someone has to come down.

"What you see in women's college basketball isn't a lot of downward movement by teams that are established. You've got the Georgias, Tennessees, Connecticuts, Stanfords of the world.

"The last time I talked to (Tennessee coach Pat Summitt) and (UConn coach Geno Auriemma), they didn't mention they intended to come down."

Landers has compiled a 518-152 record in 21 seasons with the Lady Bulldogs, going to the NCAA Tournament 14 times, including four appearances in the Final Four. …

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