by Michael Rowse

Six Western New Mexico University basketball players, four on the men’s team and two on the women’s, were named to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference All-Academic Team that was announced by the conference office Tuesday.

Juan Suarez and Lucio Luttrell were named to the Second-Team, while Edward Estavillo, Ryan Crane, Cassie Arias and Desiree Young landed on the honor roll.

Suarez leads the team in assists with 63, while ranking second on the team in steals with 23 and is third on the team in points per game at 9.1. He has started and played in every game so far this season. The senior from Nogales, Ariz., holds a 3.54 GPA and is majoring in accounting.

Luttrell is right behind Suarez in scoring at 8.4 per contest. He has also pulled down 3.9 rebounds per game, along with 10 assists and 12 steals. He started and played in all 14 games this season. The senior from Las Cruces, N.M., holds a 3.48 GPA and is majoring in accounting.

Estavillo has connected on four three-pointers so far this season in six games. The junior from Wilcox, Ariz., holds a 3.43 GPA and is majoring in kinesiology. Crane has seen action in all 14 games this season, making 10 three-pointers, along with 16 assists and five steals. The junior from Anthem, Ariz., holds a 3.30 GPA and is majoring in kinesiology.

Arias has played in eight games this season, as the junior from Silver City, N.M., holds a 3.39 GPA and is majoring in movement science. Young has played in all 14 games this season, averaging 15 minutes per game and has made seven three-pointers. The sophomore from North Ogden, Utah, holds a 3.39 GPA and is majoring in psychology.

The WNMU basketball teams will be back in action Friday night when they will host Black Hills State with game times at 5:30 p.m. for the women’s and 7:30 p.m. for the men’s inside Drag’s Court.

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