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With a week off to recuperate, the Mustangs stepped out of conference play for an exhibition match with Division I New Mexico State Wednesday night in Las Cruces. Western held their own against their opponent for a majority of the contest. NMSU caught fire in the fourth to post 25 points, while holding the Mustangs to 13. WNMU shot 37.3 percent from the field, and 42.9 from deep.

Kaela Chavez (Las Cruces, New Mexico/Centennial High School) – 11-points | 3-3 3PT | 2-2 FT
Alexis Jones (Dallas, TX/) – 10-points | 5 rebounds
Rachel Francisco (Seattle, WA/Holy Names Academy) – 9-points | 3-3 3PT

Lone Star Conference women's basketball teams combined to go 14-7 over the Thanksgiving week. Lubbock Christian and Texas A&M-Commerce lead the group of undefeated teams with impressive wins. LCU went 2-0 against teams receiving votes in the WBCA Top 25 poll and A&M-C went 2-0 with a win over No. 18 Southeastern Oklahoma State. Angelo State, Eastern New Mexico, Tarleton, UAFS, UT Tyler, West Texas A&M and Western New Mexico also went undefeated last week.

LSC women's basketball teams are 67-41 overall this season and 20-11 against Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference teams, the other league in the NCAA South Central Region.

Eight Lone Star Conference men's basketball teams went undefeated last week including Angelo State, Lubbock Christian, Texas A&M-Kingsville and West Texas A&M who all went 2-0. WT averaged 122 points in their two wins and recorded the top two scoring games for a team in the LSC this season.

LSC men's basketball teams are 64-53 overall this season and 17-20 against Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference teams, the other league in the NCAA South Central Region.

Western New Mexico men's basketball traveled west to take on PacWest conference member and host Notre Dame de Namur for their of the NDNU Thanksgiving Classic Friday. The Argos shot off 10-three pointers in the second half alone, creating a gap the Mustangs could not close, falling 77-63.

Rodney Simon (Boston, MA/Randolph ) – 14-points | 6-9 FG | 4 rebounds
Elijah Holifield (Atlanta, GA/Pace Academy) – 13-points | 9 rebounds | 1 block | 1 steal | 1 assist
Amarion Cash (Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe) – 12-points |2-4 3PT | 3 assists | 1 steal


In a game that saw 21 lead changes, the Mustang Men's Basketball team fell to Holy Names Saturday on day two of the NDNU Thanksgiving Tournament by a score of 84-79. WNMU shot 48.3 percent from the field, and dished out 17 assists and four blocks to lead those categories. The Mustang bench also contributed 35 points to the Holy Names 15.

Elijah Holifield (Atlanta, GA/Pace Academy) – 20-points | 8 rebounds | 2 blocks | 8-13 FG | 4-7 3PT
Malik Sanders (Durham, NC/Smithfield-Selma ) – 19-points | 6-9 FG | 3-3 3PT | 4-4 FT | 2 assists | 3 rebounds


In their first game under new leadership, and the conference opener, the Mustangs jumped out to a hot start, but fell in overtime to the UTPB Falcons Saturday afternoon in Odessa. Multiple Mustangs finished in double-digits, along with leading the game in assists and steals.

Eddie Giron (Monterrey, Mexico/Harmony Science Academy) – 20-points | 9 rebounds | 1 block | 3 steals | 7-13 FG
Tony Avalos (Las Cruces, NM/Onate) – 19-points | 4 rebounds | 4 assists | 1 steal | 7-14 FG | 4-5 FT
Elijah Holifield (Atlanta, GA/Pace Academy) – 18-points | 4 rebounds | 2 assists |
Rodney Simon (Boston, MA/Randolph ) – 10-points | 5 rebounds
Andrew Leonard (Tucson, AZ /Cienega ) – 10 points | 3-7 3PT


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