Local sports events
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.
The Western New Mexico Mustangs went into Thursday's road matchup at Texas A&M-Commerce looking for their first Lone Star Conference victory on the season, and they would need an extra five minutes of play to get that victory.
The two teams would trade shots for the first several minutes of the game. The Lions would gain the advantage before halftime, however, capitalizing on some Mustang turnovers to take a ten-point lead at the half, 40-30.
Looking for their first conference win, the Mustangs were looking for the answer as Texas A&M – Kingsville entered Drag's Court Thursday night.
Within the first two minutes, the Javelinas would go 3-for-3 from beyond the arc before Willie McCray (Clovis, NM/Clovis/Westwind Prep Academy) broke a 9-0 run. The Mustangs had to find a way around the big Kingsville defense.
Looking for their first home win in conference play the Lady Mustangs came in with vengeance after a tough road loss to Midwestern State.
On the board first on a three from Ciara Fields (El Paso, TX/El Dorado), followed up by a layup from Tatyanna McFarland (Riverside, California/Valley View High School) the Lady Mustangs got a fast start on the Javelinas. Cassandra Vickery (Tularosa, NM/Tularosa) would connect on another three to put Western up 8-3. The rest of the first would be turnover after turnover by both teams.
The Lady Mustangs saw their two-game winning streak snapped tonight, as the visiting Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds ran away with a 58-46 victory.
Despite shooting 45 percent from the field, to the Greyhounds 37. On the defensive end, the visitors out rebounded Western 32 to 22 giving them the advantage, as well as hit 76 percent of their free throws to Westerns 64.
WNMU Mustangs returned to Drag's Court resuming play by hosting Lone Star rival, Eastern New Mexico University on Thursday night. It was a game that saw several lead changes and a last second comeback from Western that fell just short as the home team dropped the contest 80-78.
Western showed the effects of a long lay off early in the game as they didn't seem to be able to get any consistent flow on the offensive side of the ball. Despite the slow start on that end of the floor, the Mustangs' defense kept them in the game as the lead changed 6 times and was tied 4 times in the first half.
Director of Athletics Scott Noble announces the hiring of Holly Watts. Watts will take over the Western New Mexico Women's Volleyball program, after the retirement of long-time coach Jim Callender.
"Our search focused on strengthening our cultural values of Experiencing Mustang M.A.G.I.C. These principles make up the fiber of who we are," Noble said. "Holly understands these standards, and brings an impeccable history of moral character, playing and coaching experience. Her program vision fits our needs, and she brings an established recruiting base within the state of New Mexico, southern Arizona and Texas regions."
After serving six seasons as the head coach at the University of Texas- El Paso, Watts comes to Silver City bringing over 24 years of coaching experience to the table, as well as experience as a Division I student-athlete. In her first season at the helm of UTEP volleyball, she led the Miners to a 14-16 overall record. The Miners also earned the AVCA Team Academic Award in 2016-17, and 2017-18, as well as the Director's Award for their community service in 2015-16 and 2016-17.
The Lone Star teams dipped their toes into conference play this week with non-conference games thrown into the mix. Eastern New Mexico, Texas A&M Commerce, and West Texas A&M each opened LSC play with 2 wins and no losses. None of the teams are undefeated overall.
LSC teams currently have a 49-29 record early in the season featuring a 10-9 combined record against the Heartland Conference and 13-8 against the Rocky Mountain Conference. There are still a number of games to play against the Heartland, but these games are against regional foes in the NCAA which can determine seeding and qualification in the post season NCAA tournament.
Angelo State and Tarleton State sit right behind the undefeated teams at 1-1 followed by Kingsville, Cameron, and Midwestern State at 0-2. WNMU & UT Permian Basin have yet to play a conference game, but will face each other this Saturday in Odessa. All other LSC teams will face non-conference foes, most from the Heartland Conference.
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