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It was the start the Western New Mexico University men’s basketball team was looking for as they moved out to an 11-point lead five minutes in. Still ahead at halftime, Cameron University turned it on midway through the second half and exploded for the 101-79 Lone Star Conference victory Saturday afternoon.

Senior Latrell Spivey opened the scoring for WNMU (3-13, 0-7 LSC) 36 seconds in and then a pair of foul shots by sophomore Tyshaun Copper gave the Mustangs a 4-2 lead. Junior Willie McCray helped start another run with a layup a few minutes later and after junior Davis Wade dialed up a three-pointer, Copper added two more from the line and a fastbreak jumper by McCray had WNMU out to a 15-4 lead at the 15:14 mark.

Following an even first quarter, Cameron University used a plus-24 advantage on points in the paint and a plus-32 effort on bench points to move in front midway through the second quarter on their way to defeating the Western New Mexico University women’s basketball team 90-58 Saturday afternoon in Lone Star Conference play.

Cameron (6-10, 4-4 LSC) outscored WNMU (0-16, 0-8 LSC) 42-18 on points in the paint and 44-12 on bench points. They also turned 22 WNMU turnovers into a 30-11 points off turnovers advantage. The first quarter and fourth quarters were big for the Lady Mustangs as they scored 19 in the first and 21 in the fourth to stay even with the Aggies.

Junior Ciara Fields continued her strong play as she not only led all-scorers with 16 points, but she also made it a double-double with a game-high 14 rebounds to lead the Western New Mexico University women’s basketball team against Midwestern State University. Despite the big game from Fields, Midwestern State used a big second half to pull away for the 64-47 Lone Star Conference victory Thursday night.

Fields went 5-14 from the field, including a three-pointer, along with a 5-6 effort at the foul line. Of her 14 rebounds, six came on the offensive end and she rounded out her game with three steals and three blocks. Five players had at least seven points for the Lady Mustangs with seniors Melody McLaughlin and Jade Botelho, along with junior Takiyah Lopez chipping in eight points apiece, while freshman Rachel Francisco added seven points.

The Western New Mexico University men’s basketball team looked to be in trouble trailing by 19 points late in the first half. The resilient Mustangs didn’t quit, in fact they came all the way back to take a late lead in the second half before Midwestern State used a key stretch over the final few minutes to take the 89-79 Lone Star Conference victory Thursday night.

 It was not the start WNMU (3-12, 0-6 LSC) was looking for as they fell behind 22-7 just over 12 minutes into the game. MSU (5-11, 2-5 LSC) built the lead as high as 19 with 2:32 to go in the half when the Mustangs began to find their legs.

After the Western New Mexico University women’s basketball team jumped out to a 10-point lead in the first quarter, it would end up being a tight back-and-forth game after that. Texas Woman’s University came back and were able to make a couple key plays down the stretch to take the 60-55 Lone Star Conference victory Saturday afternoon inside Drag’s Court.

A trio of Lady Mustangs (0-14, 0-6 LSC) put together big games with junior Ciara Fields going for a game-high 18 points, while adding three rebounds and three steals. Senior Jade Botelho went for a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds and junior Takiyah Lopez chipped in 10 points, six rebounds and both an assist and steal. Senior Melody McLaughlin and freshman Rachel Francisco had three assists apiece.

To close out the week after facing Eastern New Mexico on Tuesday, the Western New Mexico University women’s basketball team will host Texas Woman’s University this Saturday at 2 p.m. inside Drag’s Court.

The Pioneers are 5-5 overall and 2-2 in conference play with wins over Texas A&M-Kingsville and UT Permian Basin, while they were defeated by Angelo State and West Texas A&M. They are 1-2 away from home in true road games and will face Eastern New Mexico in Portales tonight (Thursday).

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.

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