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Riding high off a big road win the weekend prior, the Mustang men's basketball team hosted newcomer the UAFS Lions in a Thursday night conference clash. It was truly a team effort throughout, as four Mustangs contributed double-figures, while the defense successfully held the conference's leading scorer to under his scoring average. WNMU finished the night shooting 25-of-55 (45%) from the floor, and made the most of their time at the line going 19-of-25 (76%), to aid in their 76-67 victory over the Lions to make it two straight.
Tony Avalos (Las Cruces, NM/Onate) – 17 PTS | 6-8 FG | 5-6 FT | 1 AST | 3 STL
Andrew Leonard (Tucson, AZ /Cienega ) – 15 PTS | 5-6 3FG | 2 REB | 1 AST
Ian Hohenstein (Veracruz, Mexico/Faith Christian Academy) – 14 PTS | 5-8 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB
Malik Sanders (Durham, NC/Smithfield-Selma ) – 11 PTS | 4-6 FT | 7 AST | 6 REB | 3 STL
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Looking to make it three in a row, the Mustangs had the tall task of taking on the LSC's leading defense in Oklahoma Christian Saturday afternoon on Drag's Court. After trailing for most of the first half, WNMU's sparked a second half comeback but fell short in the final seconds.
Rodney Simon (Boston, MA/Randolph ) – 14 PTS | 6-11 FG | 2-3 FT | 6 REB
Tony Avalos (Las Cruces, NM/Onate) - 12 PTS | 5-9 FG | 1-1 3FG | 3 REB | 8 AST
Elijah Holifield (Atlanta, GA/Pace Academy) – 12 PTS | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL
HOW IT HAPPENED:
The 2020 season is underway with all 17 Lone Star Conference teams in action. Five teams - Texas A&M-Kingsville, UT Tyler, Lubbock Christian, Western New Mexico and Eastern New Mexico - are off to a perfect start.
A full schedule of non-conference games is on deck for this week.
LSC softball teams are playing a single round-robin conference schedule with a doubleheader (two games) against each league opponent. The LSC Champion will be the team(s) with the best winning percentage in regular-season conference games.
The single-elimination LSC Championship featuring the top 10 teams will be played April 30-May 2, at the No. 1 seed. The winner of the postseason championship will be recognized as LSC Tournament Champion and receive the league's automatic qualification into NCAA postseason.
Six Lone Star Conference women's basketball teams went undefeated last week including No. 4 Texas A&M-Commerce who remained undefeated on the season with wins over No. 8 Lubbock Christian and Angelo State. No. 19 West Texas A&M remained with just one loss in conference at 13-1. Cameron, Eastern New Mexico, Tarleton and UAFS also went unbeaten last week.
LSC women's basketball teams are 189-163 overall this season and 20-11 against Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference teams, the other league in the NCAA South Central Region.
LSC schedule and results available here: https://lonestarconference.org/calendar.aspx?path=wbball&
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
With a revamped lineup to start the season, the Western New Mexico softball team got off to a hot start taking both games of Saturday's doubleheader over the visiting Adams State Grizzlies.
Adams State strung together a series of hits in the first, scoring off a single from Baylie Friar to go up 1-0. With another player in scoring position, catcher Nikki Medina (El Paso, TX/Montwood HS ) put an end to the top half of the inning catching the runner advancing to second for the final out.
In an ongoing rivalry of East and West, the West prevailed Saturday afternoon stealing a win from cross state Eastern New Mexico in Greyhound Arena. The Mustangs put together 39 points in the second half to overcome their halftime deficit, and steal the win, splitting the season series with the Greyhounds.
Elijah Holifield (Atlanta, GA/Pace Academy) – 23 PTS | 8-17 FG | 3-6 3PTR | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 BLK | 1 STL
Tony Avalos (Las Cruces, NM/Onate) – 15 PTS | 6-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 1 BLK | 1 STL
CJ Vanbeekum (Phoenix, AZ/Paradise) – 14 PTS | 6-12 FG | 5 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL
Malik Sanders (Durham, NC/Smithfield-Selma ) – 12 PTS | 4-4 FT | 9 REB | 8 AST | 1 STL
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Looking to split the season series and steal a game on the Greyhounds home court, the Mustangs ball handling was a major factor in the final score of Saturday's matchup. Three Mustangs finished in double digits, led by 11-point performances from Taylor Allison (Little Elm, Texas/Denton High School) and Kaela Chavez (Las Cruces, New Mexico/Centennial High School).
Taylor Allison (Little Elm, Texas/Denton High School) – 11 PTS | 4-6 FG | 3-5 FT
Kaela Chavez (Las Cruces, New Mexico/Centennial High School) – 11 PTS | 3-8 3PTR | 3 REB | 1 AST
Paullina Rodriguez – 10 PTS | 5 REB | 2 AST
HOW IT HAPPENED:
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