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Behind a first quarter in which Newman University outscored the Western New Mexico University women’s basketball team 29-7, that would end up being the difference in the game as the Lady Mustangs stayed even with the Jets over the final three quarters before Newman claimed the 76-54 victory during the final game of the Conference Challenge Saturday.

 WNMU (0-2) had a big third quarter in which they outscored Newman (2-0) 19-10 and pulled back to within 15 before the Jets were able to tally the victory.

The Western New Mexico University women’s basketball team fought back to take a lead early in the fourth quarter before Rogers State University was able to regain the lead and hold off the Lady Mustangs for the 65-56 victory Friday in the season opener for both teams.

Trailing 40-37 entering the final frame, the Lady Mustangs opened the fourth quarter putting in the first four points to snag the lead. Junior Megan Looney hit a pair from the foul line and then junior Takiyah Lopez added a layup for the 41-40 lead 40 seconds into the fourth.

Late in the game, West Texas A&M had the ball at the Mustangs’ 27 and 15-yard line, but were stuffed both times coming up with no points as the Western New Mexico University football team captured the 21-17 win over the Buffs Saturday in Lone Star Conference action.

The defense responded when needed, as after a West Texas A&M (3-8, 1-7 LSC) touchdown brought them back to within four midway through the fourth quarter, the Mustang defense made sure that would be the last score they would allow.

Although No. 25 Angelo State University won in straight sets, the Western New Mexico University volleyball team made it anything but easy. Angelo State fought off a set point in the second set and then held off the Lady Mustangs for the 3-0 (18-25, 25-27, 17-25) Lone Star Conference victory Saturday afternoon.

With results from the final day of the regular season, WNMU ends up tying with Eastern New Mexico for seventh. Based on tiebreakers, WNMU ends up as the seventh seed and will play the second seed Texas A&M-Commerce in the first round of the Lone Star Conference Tournament. Tarleton State is the top seed and host and will face eighth seed Eastern New Mexico. In the other two matchups, three seed Angelo State against sixth seed Texas Woman’s and fourth seed Texas A&M-Kingsville versus fifth seed West Texas A&M.

Juniors Haneef Vaughn-Wilson, Willie McCray and Jordan Enriquez all scored in double-figures as the Western New Mexico University men’s basketball team nearly erased a 12-point deficit in the second half before New Mexico Highlands University escaped with the 85-81 victory in the Conference Challenge that took place at Dream Style Arena-The Pit on the campus of the University of New Mexico Saturday.

Vaughn-Wilson led the way with 22 points, going 9-15 from the field. He also grabbed four rebounds and dished out four assists. McCray added 19 points on 7-13 shooting, along with seven rebounds and two assists. Enriquez went for 14 points, connecting on 4-8 from the field, three rebounds and both an assist and steal 

With the final two regular season matches on the schedule coming up this week, the Western New Mexico University volleyball team will face nationally-ranked Tarleton State and Angelo State this weekend to close the regular season.

WNMU (9-17, 9-9 LSC) has already clinched a spot in the Lone Star Conference Tournament that will take place Nov. 16 as top seed Tarleton State will host. Right now the Lady Mustangs are tied for sixth and likely won’t know their final seeding until the matches are completed on Saturday.

WNMU pulled off a big win over Texas A&M-Commerce this past Friday as the Lions are currently second in the conference standings. Texas Woman’s played a strong match on Saturday in defeating the Lady Mustangs, as the Pioneers clinched a spot in the tournament with that win.

The Western New Mexico University women’s basketball team opens the 2017-18 regular season with another Conference Challenge, only this time it will be in Oklahoma against Rogers State and Newman this weekend.

The Lady Mustangs will open the trip on Friday at 4 p.m. against Rogers State and then on Saturday against Newman also at 4 p.m. Both start times are Central Time. Rogers State will be the host institution for the challenge.

WNMU played Rogers State last year in the Conference Challenge that was played in Las Vegas, N.M., and they pulled out the tight 63-61 victory over the Hillcats. WNMU hasn’t faced Newman in the past at least 12 years. The Lady Mustangs went 3-0 in neutral site games last year defeating Oklahoma Panhandle State, Rogers State and Western State.

The Western New Mexico University men’s basketball game against Fort Lewis College this Sunday will be broadcasted live on ProView Networks, channel 26 on Comcast in Albuquerque.

The broadcast will also be aired via Facebook live through ProView Networks. That link will be provided later in the week and will be available on wnmumustangs.com and social media platforms.

The game against Fort Lewis is part of a Conference Challenge at The Pit on the campus of the University of New Mexico. The Mustangs will tipoff with Fort Lewis at 3 p.m. on Sunday, with the pregame show starting at2:45 p.m. This will be the first games WNMU has played in The Pit since Nov. 22, 2014 when they faced Eastern New Mexico and the Greyhounds claimed the 94-87 victory.

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