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Junior Willie McCray did all he could for the Western New Mexico University men’s basketball team Thursday night, as he scored 20 or more points for fourth time this season when he recorded 24 against the Aggies. While he had a big game, Cameron University had to hold on at the end, as the Mustangs made a late push before the Aggies claimed the 82-78 Lone Star Conference victory.

Cameron (10-15, 6-10 LSC) ended up leading wire-to-wire, but it wasn’t easy. McCray paced WNMU (4-20, 1-14 LSC) with 24 points on 9-19 shooting. He also had three rebounds, four assists and two steals. Junior Haneef Vaughn-Wilson reached double-digits with 17 points on 8-13 shooting, four rebounds, two assists and three steals. Sophomore CJ Vanbeekum added 13 points and five rebounds, while junior Jordan Enriquez rounded out the four in double-figures with 10 points.

Facing a field that featured 12 ranked teams, it was a tough task for the Western New Mexico University women’s golf team, but they did their best as they finished just a few shots back of No. 46 Angelo State. The Lady Mustangs ended up 15th as a team after the second and final round of the Rattler Invitational wrapped up Tuesday at the par 72, 5,976 yard Dominion Country Club Course.

 WNMU carded rounds of 338-341 for a 679 to land two-strokes back of No. 46 Angelo State. No. 3 Dallas Baptist won the 17-team field with a 590, 18-strokes ahead of the pack. St. Edward’s Johany Rivera took home the individual title with a 144 to beat the field by two-shots.

The offense carried the momentum from a 16-hit performance Friday right into their matchup Saturday against Dominican (CA). The Western New Mexico University softball team had nine players record at least a hit, but despite the strong offensive output, the Penguins also posted 13 hits and two more runs as they claimed the 10-8 win over the Lady Mustangs during the final game of the Dixie State/Easton Classic.

Senior Aryana Gutierrez, junior Ariana Maldonado, redshirt freshman Alicia Habitzreuther and freshman Dominique Gonzales all had two-hit games for the Lady Mustangs (1-9). Maldonado and Gonzales each scored a pair of runs, while junior Yasmeen Gastelum drove in two runs.

Senior Jade Botelho again put up solid numbers Saturday as she went for 12 points to help lead the Western New Mexico University women’s basketball team against Texas Woman’s University. The Pioneers used a strong second quarter to pull away and never look back as they defeated the Lady Mustangs 67-43 in Lone Star Conference action.

Botelho made 6-11 from the field, along with two rebounds, two assists and a steal in 37 minutes. Dating back to her 10-point performance against Texas A&M-Kingsville back on Jan. 20, she has reached double-digits in six of her past seven games adding scoring efforts of 19, 14, 19, 6, 10 in those previous games before today.

After taking a lead out of doubles, the Western New Mexico University men’s tennis team finished the deal in singles to take down New Mexico Military Institute 7-2 Saturday in the regular season home opener for the Mustangs.

In doubles, Pablo Santibanez/Jose Mario Neto rolled to an 8-0 win at No. 3. Liam Fraboulet/David Valles fought off a tough challenge at the top flight, but claimed the second point for the Mustangs with the 8-6 victory. In the final doubles match at No. 2, Zachary Grabovic/Niko Barr nearly made it a clean sweep before falling just short, 6-8.

The Western New Mexico University softball team pulled off the unthinkable Thursday. Down to their last at-bat and final out, the Lady Mustangs reeled off three straight baserunners to come back from four down to defeat CSU-Pueblo 8-7 in the second game of the Dixie State/Easton Classic. In the first game of the day, MSU Denver used a late home run to take the 5-2 victory.
“Overall good team win, bench played a huge role for us,” Head Coach Elsa Cocker said. “We fought to the very end and really came together as a team. Going in, Alicia didn’t have any hits and then she comes through with the game-winning hit. She drilled it to dead center and we thought it was going to leave the yard.”

Sophomore Lyana Waddell kept the Roadrunners off balance throughout the game, as she kept them in check through the first five innings. The offense piled up eight hits, as junior Ariana Maldonado had both a double and home run. Redshirt freshman Alicia Habitzreuther added two hits.

Having faced Division I UTEP in an exhibition a few weeks ago, the Western New Mexico University women’s tennis team was able to kick-off the regular season Wednesday as they defeated Eastern Arizona 5-4.

 In doubles, WNMU took two of three. Jeanne Kolb/Klara Smolikova cruised to a solid 8-3 win at No. 2. Christine Roerick/Kaycie Cormier fought off a tough challenge at No. 3 before claiming the 8-5 win. Nadia Justiniano/Karina Diaz won five games, but fell just short 5-8 at the top flight.

The Vietnam Veterans' Color Guard returned to Drag's Court at WNMU last night to present the flag during the playing of the National Anthem prior to both the men's and women's basketball games.

Controversy had surrounded WNMU's playing of the National Anthem after recent comments made at a Silver City Town Council meeting. Those comments made by Jose Ray Jr., member of the color guard, and Councilor Lupe Cano, left the impression that the Mustang men's basketball team had disrespected America and the color guard by leaving the floor just prior to the playing of the National Anthem.

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