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The continuation of a seven-game road swing resumes this Sunday for New Year’s Eve when the Western New Mexico University women’s basketball team will face Division I New Mexico State in an exhibition contest starting at 2 p.m.

Since hosting UT Permian Basin back on Dec. 2, WNMU has been on the road since playing at Tarleton State, Texas A&M-Commerce, Arizona Christian, Benedictine-Mesa and Embry Riddle most recently on Dec. 19. The Lady Mustangs will close the lengthy month long road trip on Tuesday when they resume conference play against Eastern New Mexico.

Having last played on December 13, the Western New Mexico University men’s basketball team returns from the holiday break to host NAIA Embry Riddle this Saturday starting at 1 p.m. inside Drag’s Court.

The Mustangs (2-10) last were on the court against Arizona Christian at home on Dec. 13 when the Firestorm held on for the seven-point win. It was the end to a busy week as WNMU played four games within a week after also playing Tarleton State and Texas A&M-Commerce on the road, before coming home to host University of the Southwest and Arizona Christian.

It was the start the Western New Mexico University women’s basketball team was looking for against Embry Riddle Tuesday. Backed by a 28-point first quarter that included 12 points from junior Takiyah Lopez, the Lady Mustangs held a 10-point lead. The Eagles fought back to tie the game at halftime and used a big fourth quarter to pull away from the Lady Mustangs for the 71-60 non-conference victory.

WNMU (0-12) executed extremely well through the first 10 minutes as they made 8-13 (62) from the field, including a remarkable 7-10 (70) from long range. Lopez was the one to cash in hitting four long balls to help lead to the early Lady Mustang lead. Another key factor was ball control as WNMU committed just one turnover.

Despite scoring a season-high 63 points on Saturday, the Western New Mexico University women’s basketball team wasn’t able to stop Emily Moore and the Benedictine-Mesa Redhawks as they piled up 90 points in taking the 90-63 victory in non-conference action.

Emily Moore helped power a prolific Benedictine-Mesa (6-5) attack as she scored 31 points on 12-16 shooting, while the Redhawks went 35-68 (52) from the field and 5-10 (50) from three-point range. They also added a 15-22 (68) effort at the foul line.

Arizona Christian entered the night with a 7-1 mark and looked every bit of it in the early going as they built a double-digit lead. The Western New Mexico University men’s basketball team settled down and began to find their rhythm as they slowly worked back into the game as kept it close all the way to the end. The Firestorm came through with a couple of key plays and some foul shots to take the 81-74 victory over the Mustangs Wednesday night in non-conference action.
ACU (8-1) raced out to a 14-point lead just over six minutes in, but WNMU (2-10) got back into it with key steals and baskets to make it close pretty much the rest of the way.

Senior Latrell Spivey led the team in points and rebounds going for a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds in 23 minutes. Junior Jon-Reese Woodson also reached double-figures with 11 points. Junior Willie McCray tallied nine points and both junior Jordan Enriquez and sophomore CJ Vanbeekum added eight points apiece. McCray dished out five assists, while Vanbeekum came away with three steals.

The Western New Mexico University men’s basketball team was feeling it from downtown, as they sunk 11 three-pointers, shattering the previous high this season of six. Despite the high number of threes, the Mustangs fell to the University of the Southwest 90-75 Tuesday in non-conference action.

WNMU (2-9) shot exceptionally well from three in the first half making 9-18. Southwest (4-8) found their legs in the second half, as they played with only seven players, as four players logged at least 34-plus minutes. They used a 68 percent effort (21-31) in the second half to erase a 10-point halftime deficit and storm back for the win.

SILVER CITY, N.M. – With the Lone Star Conference portion of the schedule on hold until after the new year, the Western New Mexico University men’s basketball team will finish the 2017 slate with three straight home games.

WNMU (2-8) will welcome in the University of the Southwest from Hobbs this Tuesday and then will face Arizona Christian on Wednesday. Both games will start at 6 p.m.

Texas A&M-Commerce opened the game outscoring the Western New Mexico University women’s basketball team 24-7 through the first quarter on their way to defeating the Lady Mustangs 81-40 Saturday morning in Lone Star Conference play.
Texas A&M-Commerce (6-4, 3-1 LSC) made 12 more field goals than WNMU (0-9, 0-4 LSC) as they went 28-71 (39) from the field, 5-20 (25) from three and held a huge advantage at the foul line connecting on 20-27 (74). The Lady Mustangs made 16-55 (29) from the field, 3-20 (15) from three and 5-6 (83) at the foul line.

Three Lady Mustangs scored at least eight points led by 10 from freshman Cassandra Vickery. She also added two steals. Juniors Takiyah Lopez with nine points and Ciara Fields with eight were next in scoring. Junior Ashton Carrasco pulled down a team-best six rebounds.

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