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Junior Ciara Fields went for a game-high 19 points as the Western New Mexico University women’s basketball team had the game in single digits into the second half before Eastern New Mexico University used strong play in the third and fourth quarters to take the 69-49 Lone Star Conference victory over the Lady Mustangs Tuesday night.

ENMU (6-6, 2-3 LSC) utilized big first and third quarters, outscoring WNMU (0-13, 0-5 LSC) 39-22 to pull away from the Lady Mustangs. Senior Jade Botelho and junior Takiyah Lopez were second in scoring with eight points apiece. Fields and Lopez tied for the team lead in rebounds with five apiece, senior Melody McLaughlin dished out three assists and also added four steals. Fields and Botelho sent two blocks back each.

Similar to the matchups between the two teams from a year ago, the Western New Mexico University men’s basketball team and Eastern New Mexico University left it all out on the floor. As the teams combined for 54 fouls, the Greyhounds were able to use several big shots down the stretch to hold off a Mustang comeback and claim the 105-91 Lone Star Conference victory Tuesday night.

It was a foul-filled game as the teams shot nearly 80 free throws and 13 players had at least three fouls. Despite the high number of fouls, only one player fouled out as sophomore CJ Vanbeekum reached the five foul mark.

Although the Western New Mexico University women’s basketball team held a one-point advantage in the second half, it wouldn’t be enough to overcome a halftime deficit of 30 points as New Mexico State University claimed the 89-60 exhibition win Sunday afternoon.

The game counted as an exhibition for the Lady Mustangs, while it was a regular season contest for the Aggies.

NMSU jumped out early and often as they outscored WNMU 26-13 in the first quarter and then used a 29-12 scoring burst in the second quarter to open up a 55-25 halftime lead. The Lady Mustangs stayed with it and after putting up their best quarter of the night in the third with 19 points, they would outscore the Aggies 16-10 in the fourth to hold a 35-34 edge over the final 20 minutes of the contest.

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.

Having last played on December 13, the Western New Mexico University men’s basketball team returns from the holiday break to host NAIA Embry Riddle this Saturday starting at 1 p.m. inside Drag’s Court.

The Mustangs (2-10) last were on the court against Arizona Christian at home on Dec. 13 when the Firestorm held on for the seven-point win. It was the end to a busy week as WNMU played four games within a week after also playing Tarleton State and Texas A&M-Commerce on the road, before coming home to host University of the Southwest and Arizona Christian.

It was the start the Western New Mexico University women’s basketball team was looking for against Embry Riddle Tuesday. Backed by a 28-point first quarter that included 12 points from junior Takiyah Lopez, the Lady Mustangs held a 10-point lead. The Eagles fought back to tie the game at halftime and used a big fourth quarter to pull away from the Lady Mustangs for the 71-60 non-conference victory.

WNMU (0-12) executed extremely well through the first 10 minutes as they made 8-13 (62) from the field, including a remarkable 7-10 (70) from long range. Lopez was the one to cash in hitting four long balls to help lead to the early Lady Mustang lead. Another key factor was ball control as WNMU committed just one turnover.

Despite scoring a season-high 63 points on Saturday, the Western New Mexico University women’s basketball team wasn’t able to stop Emily Moore and the Benedictine-Mesa Redhawks as they piled up 90 points in taking the 90-63 victory in non-conference action.

Emily Moore helped power a prolific Benedictine-Mesa (6-5) attack as she scored 31 points on 12-16 shooting, while the Redhawks went 35-68 (52) from the field and 5-10 (50) from three-point range. They also added a 15-22 (68) effort at the foul line.

Arizona Christian entered the night with a 7-1 mark and looked every bit of it in the early going as they built a double-digit lead. The Western New Mexico University men’s basketball team settled down and began to find their rhythm as they slowly worked back into the game as kept it close all the way to the end. The Firestorm came through with a couple of key plays and some foul shots to take the 81-74 victory over the Mustangs Wednesday night in non-conference action.
ACU (8-1) raced out to a 14-point lead just over six minutes in, but WNMU (2-10) got back into it with key steals and baskets to make it close pretty much the rest of the way.

Senior Latrell Spivey led the team in points and rebounds going for a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds in 23 minutes. Junior Jon-Reese Woodson also reached double-figures with 11 points. Junior Willie McCray tallied nine points and both junior Jordan Enriquez and sophomore CJ Vanbeekum added eight points apiece. McCray dished out five assists, while Vanbeekum came away with three steals.

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