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Looking to snap their losing streak, the Western New Mexico Lady Mustangs entered Drag's Court with hopes of grabbing a win and keeping their hopes of making playoffs alive.

MSU shot back-to-back threes to grab an early 6-0 lead. An and-one from Destiney Johnson (El Paso, Texas/Parkland High School) put Western on the board halfway through the first. Cassandra Vickery (Tularosa, NM/Tularosa) connected on a jumper to cut into the lead, only the second basket of the game for WNMU.

Looking for a win, Western New Mexico men's basketball matched up with the Mustangs of Midwestern State on Drag's Court Thursday evening.

CJ Vanbeekum (Phoenix, AZ/Paradise) got the Mustangs going with the rebound and the basket. The teams continued to trade points, with JR Woodson at the foul line to tie the game at eight. An alley-oop by Leston Gordon (Tunapuna, Trinidad and Tobago/Tunapuna Government Secondary) from Amarion Cash (Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe) brought the fans to their feet, followed by a fast break from JR Woodson, giving way to a 12-10 lead.

The Western New Mexico Mustangs visited Eastern New Mexico Saturday afternoon looking to bounce back from their loss Thursday.

Early on it looked like they would do just that as they quickly got out to a 11-3 lead over the host Greyhounds. That lead would last for the better part of the first half, but a strong second quarter by Eastern gave them a small lead at halftime, 29-25.

Western New Mexico ran up against a hot-shooting opponent Thursday night against in-state rival Eastern New Mexico.

The Greyhounds shot 19-38 (50%) from the field including 4-12 (33.3%) from 3pt in the first half to jump out to an early lead. The Mustangs managed to hang around and a long running 3pt shot at the buzzer by Amarion Cash (Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe) cut the deficit to nine at the half, 48-39.

The Lady Mustangs opened up the season with a big 8-1 win over Ottawa University Arizona. Leading the way for the Mustangs were Junior Karina Kolovos, Freshman Camila Gomez (Bogota, Columbia ), Julia Terrazas (Santa Cruz, Bolivia ), Nicold Gonzalez (Bogota, Columbia ) and Junior Kaycie Cormier (Douglas, AZ/Douglas).

1D. J. Tozzi/C.Gomez WNMU def. H. Papaco/M.Fournier 8-3
2D. C. Torrico/N.Gonzalez WNMU def. J. Ortiz/B. Amaya 8-5
3D. K. Kolovos/J. Terrazas WNMU def. J. Torres/S. Wenzel 8-0

**NAIA 9-point scoring format was used for the match

WNMU's James Temple (Malahide, IRL/Malahide Community School) fired a freshman record 65 in the opening round of The Cactus Thaw to take the individual lead on Sunday. Temple's extraordinary record carried the Mustangs into second place, behind Midland College. Odessa College was third in the 7-team event held at Lonestar Golf Club in El Paso.

The Western New Mexico Lady Mustangs went up against a talented Lone Star Conference opponent Thursday night at #11 West Texas A&M.

The Buffs led from the outset and would not give it up, leading for all but two minutes when the score was tied in the first quarter. Despite forcing 20 Buffs turnovers the Mustangs were unable to find their rhythm offensively, and would eventually fall on the road.

The Western New Mexico Mustangs put up 81 points on the road Thursday night, but were unable to get past a solid #7 West Texas A&M team.

Western jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, and forced West Texas to burn an early timeout less than a minute into the game. It would be all Buffs from that point in the half, and the Mustangs would go into halftime trailing by 23.

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