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In their conference opener, the Western New Mexico women's basketball team suffered a third quarter slump and were unable to recover as they fell to the Falcons 73-54 Saturday afternoon at the UTPB Gym Complex.

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES:
Alexis Jones (Dallas, TX/) – 10-points | 5 rebounds | 1 block | 5 steals
Paulina Rodriguez (Chihuahua, Mexico/Montverde Academy) – 6-points | 3 assists | 2 steals
Kayla Clark (Mesa, Arizona/Dobson High School) – 8-points | 6 rebounds | 1 steal | 1 assist

HOW IT HAPPENED:
Paulina Rodriguez (Chihuahua, Mexico/Montverde Academy) started things off with a three nearly seconds into the game.

UTPB led by as many as 5 in the opening frame, but a layup from Kayla Clark (Mesa, Arizona/Dobson High School) matched the teams at 14.
Alicia Mardis (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) put a last minute layup in to take a 17-14 lead going into quarter two.

Up until the five minute mark, the teams traded leads.

A series of free throws and points in the paint gave way to UTPB maintaining a lead.

Alexis Jones (Dallas, TX/) was brought to the foul line, sinking both free throws to go into the locker rooms trailing by a point at the half.
The third quarter is where the game took a turn for the Mustangs.
UTPB went on a 15-3 scoring run, which eventually turned into a 24-point quarter while holding WNMU to just eight points.

In the final frame, WNMU kept the scoring close but could not overcome the third quarter deficit.

Turnovers played a factor as well, as the Mustangs committed 34 to the Falcons 22.

UP NEXT:
The Mustang Women's Basketball team remains on the road, stepping out of conference and Division II opponents to take on Sul Ross State November 25, in Alpine, Texas. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. CST.

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