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The women's bracket for the Lone Star Conference Basketball Championship is set following the conclusion of the regular season on Saturday evening.
The championship will be held March 3-5-7-8 with first round games taking place on campus and the final eight teams advancing to the Comerica Center in Frisco, Texas for the Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Championship beginning on March 5.
The men's bracket for the Lone Star Conference Basketball Championship is set following the conclusion of the regular season on Saturday night.
The championship will be held March 3-6-7-8 with first round games taking place on campus and the final eight teams advancing to the Comerica Center in Frisco, Texas for the Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Championship beginning on March 6.
St. Edward's, Texas A&M-Commerce, and West Texas A&M claimed the three divisional championships in 2019-20. With a 21-1 record in conference play WT earned the top seed in the tournament.
With a hot start to conference play, the Western New Mexico softball team looked to remain unblemished against the 23rd ranked Tarleton Texans Sunday afternoon. Just as the Mustangs did in their second game against MSU, Tarleton held a slugfest of their own in Game 1 to take a mercy rule, 21-5 win. Game 2 saw the full 7 innings as Tarleton claimed a 7-2 victory to sweep the series.
Stepping into the circle for her seventh start of the young season, Jalyn McClain (El Centro, CA/Central Union HS ) was whipping it, throwing five strikes in her first six pitches to force a quick TSU half of the inning.
Shelby Carter got her team on the board first, squeaking one over the left field fence for two runs. Another Texan added a double, putting two more runners in scoring position but would be left stranded. Leading off in the Mustangs half of the second inning, Grisdey Paredes –Alvarez chucked a double to left center to keep her team from a complete shutout. Left stranded, WNMU remained scoreless after two.
Having already matched their season high in wins at the Cactus Classic two weekends ago, the Western New Mexico softball team made a statement Saturday in their conference opener. With the addition of the Heartland Conference, each team will only meet once throughout the season in for a double-header. In a meeting of the Mustangs, WNMU came out on top sweeping the series, with 7-6, and 16-2 victories.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
In their final home game of the season, the Mustangs had the tall task of taking on the defending national champions in Lubbock Christian. LC shot over forty percent in three of the four quarters, taking a decisive 68-37 victory over WNMU Saturday afternoon.
Paulina Rodriguez (Chihuahua, Mexico/Montverde Academy) – 15 PTS | 6-13 FG | 3-4 3FG | 3 REB | 1 STL
Kayla Clark (Mesa, Arizona/Dobson High School) – 10 PTS | 8-10 FT | 4 REB | 2 STL
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Just one game left in the regular season, and the chance to make the conference tournament with a win, the Mustang Men's Basketball team fell just short to the visiting Chaps of Lubbock Chrisitian, 95-83. CJ Vanbeekum (Phoenix, AZ/Paradise) and Malik Sanders (Durham, NC/Smithfield-Selma ) chipped in 22 points a piece to lead the team's offense.
Elijah Holifield (Atlanta, GA/Pace Academy) – 16 PTS | 7-17 FG | 2-8 3FG | 5 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK
CJ Vanbeekum (Phoenix, AZ/Paradise) – 22 PTS | 7-9 FG | 3-4 3FG | 5-10 FT | 5 REB | 4 STL
Malik Sanders (Durham, NC/Smithfield-Selma ) – 22 PTS | 5-6 FG | 5-5 3FG | 7-8 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL
HOW IT HAPPENED:
SILVER CITY, N.M. -- Women's basketball head coach, Lauren Unger, has decided to step down at Western New Mexico University, announced tonigh by Director of Athletics Scott Noble.
"Coach Unger handed in her resignation Saturday evening" stated Noble. "She has represented WNMU and our women's basketball program in a positive way. We appreciate her efforts and commitment to Western New Mexico University, the program and to our student-athletes over the past four years."
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