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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.

Junior Jon-Reese Woodson did it all for the Western New Mexico University men’s basketball team Saturday afternoon as he led the team with 18 points, pulled down a team-high seven rebounds and even added two steals and a block. The Mustangs made a run in the second half, but Texas A&M-Commerce made the plays down the stretch to take the 75-58 Lone Star Conference victory.
Woodson went 6-12 from the field and added a 6-7 effort from the foul line. Sophomore CJ Vanbeekum came off the bench to add nine points, sinking three three-pointers. Vanbeekum also tied Woodson in steals with two and grabbed five rebounds.

Texas A&M-Commerce (9-0, 4-0 LSC) currently receiving votes in the latest NABC Coaches Poll, used even point distribution and solid shooting from the field as they made 27-65 (42) from the field, 9-29 (31) from three and 12-18 (67) at the foul line. WNMU (2-8, 0-4 LSC) answered making 22-66 (33) from the field, 6-23 (26) from three and 8-13 (62) at the charity stripe.

The Western New Mexico University women’s basketball team erased an early eight-point deficit to take a lead in the second quarter before Tarleton State closed the half strong and then used a big third quarter to defeat the Lady Mustangs 87-61 in Lone Star Conference play Thursday night.

WNMU (0-8, 0-3 LSC) shot well from the field connecting on 24-49 (49), including a 5-15 (33) clip from three point range. It was the top shooting percentage of the season so far for the Lady Mustangs, surpassing a 41 percent effort against UT Permian Basin this past Saturday.

After the opening week of conference play in the Lone Star, West Texas A&M University’s women’s Basketball Team Moved up One Spot in the National Rankings to Sit at Number Four. Two Other Teams Are Undefeated in Conference Play While for Teams Are Looking for Their First Win.

The Lady Buffaloes Got Three Wins in the Opening Week of Play over the two New Mexico Schools Followed by a win over University of Texas-Permian Basin on Tuesday. Angelo State University got solid wins over Texas women’s University and Texas A&M Kingsville. Midwestern State University got their two wins over Tarleton State University and Texas A&M Commerce.

After the first week of Lone Star conference action in men’s basketball, three teams are undefeated in conference play. Four teams are looking for their first conference win. Three teams are ranked in the top 25 nationally with West Texas A&M remaining at #8, while UT-Permian Basin moved from #17 to #13 and Texas A&M Kingsville dropped from #20 to #23. Texas A&M Commerce is receiving votes in the polls.

#13 UT-Permian Basin sits atop the standings at 3-0 with wins over Eastern New Mexico University, Western New Mexico University, and #8 West Texas A&M. Commerce sits at 2-0 in conference play with wins over Cameron University and Midwestern State University. The third undefeated team in conference play is Texas A&M – Kingsville who got their lone win over Angelo State.

The Western New Mexico University men’s basketball team will close out the 2017 portion of their Lone Star Conference schedule this week against Tarleton State and Texas A&M-Commerce.

The Mustangs (2-6, 0-2 LSC) have five games left before the end of 2017 as after the two conference games this week, they will host three non-conference games against University of the Southwest, Arizona Christian and Embry Riddle before returning to conference action against Eastern New Mexico in Portales on Jan. 2.

The Western New Mexico University women’s basketball team brought the defensive pressure throughout the game and made life difficult for the fifth-ranked team in the nation. Ultimately in the end, West Texas A&M was able to come through with the plays for 57-43 Lone Star Conference victory Thursday night in the conference opener for both teams.

WNMU (0-6, 0-1 LSC) forced 18 turnovers, sent back three blocks and had seven steals on the night. Freshman Rachel Francisco led the way with 10 points, going 4-7 from the field. She also added two steals. Freshman Cassandra Vickery and junior Takiyah Lopez added eight points apiece, as Lopez also sent back two blocks.

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