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Western New Mexico men's basketball starts the second round of conference play at home this week, playing host to the UT – Permian Basin Falcons.

LAST TIME OUT:
The Mustangs were on the road last weekend, with the tall task of taking on then ranked Texas A&M – Commerce, and Tarleton State.

Angelo State is the top choice to win a third straight Lone Star Conference softball title according to the preseason poll announced by league officials on Wednesday.

ASU received 12 of the 28 first-place votes for a total of 282 points in the poll decided by LSC coaches, sports information directors and various media representatives. The Rambelles, who won the South Central Regional title for the second straight year and sixth time overall, concluded the 2018 season at 53-9 overall with a 25-5 league mark en route to capturing the LSC crown for the eighth time and league tournament title for the seventh time.

Looking to break a five-game losing streak, the Mustangs opened up the second half of conference play against UT – Permian Basin.

Sara Lopez (El Paso, Texas/Horizon High School) would get Western on the board first connecting on a jumper, Cassandra Vickery (Tularosa, NM/Tularosa) followed up with one of her own to give the Lady Mustangs a 4-0 lead through the first four minutes of play.

By the first media Western would go up by 9, and leave their opponent scoreless for most of the quarter. Paulina Rodriguez (Chihuahua, Mexico/Montverde Academy ) went 3-for-3 from the perimeter to lead all scorers with 9 points through two quarters as the Lady Mustangs took a 32-18 lead going into the half after a last minute shot from Kayla Clark (Mesa, Arizona/Dobson High School).

The Lady Mustangs return home this week for the second round of conference play, meeting up with UT – Permian Basin and Texas Woman's. This will be the second time these teams meet up this season, with their first match up back in late November, early December.

LAST TIME OUT:

The Lady Mustangs (6-11, 2-8 LSC) went head to head with Texas A&M – Commerce and Tarleton State last weekend on the road.

In a match up that saw three Mustangs finish in double-digits, Western ultimately fell to the Lions 73-60. Western missed more than half of their shots at the free throw line and were outscored 43-36 in the second half. Western shot 43.4 percent from the field, 26.7 percent from deep, and 45.5 percent from the foul line.

The Western New Mexico Mustangs were back in action Saturday afternoon against Lone Star Conference foe Tarleton St. University. Western struggled early on, going 2-9 (22%) in the first quarter. The Mustangs would find there rhythm in the second quarter, however, and would go into halftime trailing Tarleton, 26-16.

The second half was evenly matched as the two teams traded shots back and forth. In the end, the slow start was essentially the difference in the game, as the Texanns would go on to win by a final score of 66-52.

The Western New Mexico Mustangs entered Saturday looking for another Lone Star Conference road win against the Texans of Tarleton St. University, after winning a close overtime game on the road Thursday. .

Western came out hot, opening the game on a 10-0 run over the host Texans. Tarleton would use a solid zone defense to slow the Mustang offense, however, and then made a run of their own to finish the first half with a small lead, 33-30.

Head Coach Eric Strugis announces the signing of New Mexico standout Jace Crawford. The Lovington, N.M native has committed to play for the Mustangs for the 2019-20 season.

As a Wildcat playing at the top-spot, Crawford has posted a 70-14 singles record and a 58-15 doubles record dating back to 2016. A two-time District 4-5A doubles champion, and one time singles champion, Crawford has also qualified for the individual and team championship four times making it to the semi-finals in both doubles and singles. His success so far has made him the Lovington High School's all-time winningest tennis player, and 2018 Esmark Tennis All - American.

The Western New Mexico Lady Mustangs visited Texas A&M-Commerce on Thursday looking for another road win in the Lone Star Conference. Unfortunately the home team had other plans.

The game was tightly contested through the first two quarters but the Lions were able to outscore the Mustangs 14-9 and 16-15 in the 1st and 2nd quarters, respectively, to take a six point lead into the half.

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