The continuation of a seven-game road swing resumes this Sunday for New Year’s Eve when the Western New Mexico University women’s basketball team will face Division I New Mexico State in an exhibition contest starting at 2 p.m.

Since hosting UT Permian Basin back on Dec. 2, WNMU has been on the road since playing at Tarleton State, Texas A&M-Commerce, Arizona Christian, Benedictine-Mesa and Embry Riddle most recently on Dec. 19. The Lady Mustangs will close the lengthy month long road trip on Tuesday when they resume conference play against Eastern New Mexico.

The two teams played each other last year also on New Year’s Eve when NMSU took the 85-28 victory.

Last time out, the Lady Mustangs gave at the time undefeated Embry Riddle a scare behind a big first quarter in which they scored 28 points. The Eagles entered the game 10-0 and used a big fourth quarter to pull away from a tied game and take the 71-60 victory.

Junior Ciara Fields leads the team averaging 11 points per game. She is also one of five Lady Mustangs with 10 or more steals with 12. Freshman Cassandra Vickery adds 9.5 points per game and junior Takiyah Lopez is at 8.9 points per game. Redshirt senior Myla Woods-Brown leads the team in rebounds at 4.4 per game, freshman Rachel Francisco leads in assists with 21 and senior Melody McLaughlin has 22 steals.

As a team, WNMU is averaging 54 points per game and allowing 74 points per game, they make 34 percent from the field and allow 45 percent. The Lady Mustangs rank in the top-three in the Lone Star Conference in a few categories including second in free throw percentage (73), steals (106) and three point field goals attempted (248). Individually, McLaughlin is fourth in the conference in both total steals and steals per game (2.0), Fields is fourth in free throws made (41) and seventh in free throw percentage (77), Lopez is sixth in three point field goals made (19).

The Lady Aggies are 5-7 overall and 3-2 at home. They played UT Permian Basin back on Nov. 14 in Las Cruces and defeated the Falcons 85-58. They have won two of their last three games against Pepperdine and Long Beach State. NMSU has a game this Friday versus UC Santa Barbara.

Brooke Salas leads the team averaging nearly 20 points per game at 19.9, Gia Pack adds 16.2 points and Monique Mills chips in 10.8 per game. Pack nearly averages a double-double with a team-best 8.1 rebounds. They average 69 points per game and allow 70 points, they make 42 percent and allow 40 percent.

Live stats and audio will be available for the game.

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