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Sophomore CJ Vanbeekum was on fire Thursday night as he scored a career-high 25 points to lead all-scorers. While Vanbeekum led five Mustangs in double-figures, No. 9 UT Permian Basin put up 123 points to claim the 123-83 victory over the Western New Mexico University men’s basketball team in Lone Star Conference action.

Senior Jade Botelho helped pace three Lady Mustangs in double-figures as she scored 19 points and added a double-double with 10 rebounds. Junior Ciara Fields and senior Melody McLaughlin also scored in double-figures. UT Permian Basin used big first and third quarters to pull away from the Western New Mexico University women’s basketball team collecting the 77-59 Lone Star Conference victory Thursday night.

Come out and get a chance to visit with the new Director of Athletics for your Mustangs Scott Noble on Saturday, February 3 starting at noon in the athletics lobby in the Brancheau Complex.

Light refreshments will be provided. Then make sure to stay around to watch the WNMU basketball teams go against Tarleton State at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

The Western New Mexico University volleyball team will be holding open tryouts on Saturday, February 24 and Saturday, March 24 at 10 a.m.

The tryout is open to high school seniors (graduating 2018) and juniors (graduating 2019), junior college/4 year transfers or current students.

Necessary paperwork needs to be completed prior to registration.

Check-in is from 10 a.m. at the Brancheau PE complex lobby, directions will be sent upon registration.
Campus tour - 10:30-11:15am
11:15-12:00pm - Meetings with Academic interest areas/admissions representatives
12-2pm tryouts. Followed by meeting with coaching staff

Junior Ciara Fields would not even let a high fever stop her from scoring a season-high against Texas A&M-Kingsville. Fields went for a season-high 26 points to lead all-scorers again, as she posted her second straight 20-point performance. The Javelinas were able to use strong play in the second half to offset the effort by Fields to claim the 65-47 Lone Star Conference victory Saturday afternoon.

 Despite not feeling the best, Fields did all she could pouring in 26 points on 9-30 shooting, including 4-12 from three and 4-5 at the foul line. She also added five rebounds, an assist, a block and a steal in 29 minutes. Senior Jade Botelho reached double-figures with 10 points and led the way in rebounding for the Lady Mustangs with seven boards.

The Western New Mexico University women’s tennis team opened the 2018 spring campaign Saturday as they played two exhibition contests against Division I University of Texas-El Paso (UTEP). The Miners took both matchups by scores of 7-0.

 In the first match of the day, freshmen Kaycie Cormier/Christine Roerick posted two games in doubles play before falling at No. 2, 2-6. Sophomores Nadia Justiniano/Karina Diaz played at the top flight and fell, 1-6. WNMU had to forfeit the final doubles No. 3 due to only having four players.

The defensive effort was evident from both teams Saturday afternoon as the Western New Mexico University men’s basketball team forced 22 turnovers and held Texas A&M-Kingsville to just a 37 percent shooting clip. The only problem was, the Javelinas also kept the Mustang offense in check as they took the 64-47 Lone Star Conference victory.

 WNMU (3-15, 0-9 LSC) held Texas A&M-Kingsville (11-8, 4-5 LSC) to a 37 percent shooting night (22-59) and did even better from beyond the arc in holding the Javelinas to a 23 percent clip (6-26). The only downside was the Javelinas also brought the defensive pressure and held the Mustangs in check. WNMU made just 14-52 (27) from the field, 3-18 (17) from three and struggled at the foul line making 16-27 (59). The Javelinas cashed in at the foul line making a solid 14-18 (78).

There has been some discussion recently, based primarily on the column in a local newspaper, that Western New Mexico should probably drop the football program. Let me preface this by saying that the author of that column, Dean Thompson, is a person for whom I have great respect. He is the authority on athletics in Grant County over the last 30+ years. I can understand how he and others will come to that conclusion based upon the performance of the Mustang football team. But I am going to disagree with his conclusion.

Let me first preface this by saying a couple of things, so you understand completely where I am coming from. I have been broadcasting Mustang football and basketball games for 16 years. I have been to more practices than some players. I have been to practically every football and basketball game in that timeframe, both home and away. I have become friends with the athletic staff and the coaches. I have had a number of conversations with coaches and players about the programs. I understand the challenges that the athletic department at Western New Mexico faces.

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