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It had been awhile, but the Western New Mexico University men’s basketball team finally picked up a conference road win Saturday as they erased an early 15-point deficit to defeat Angelo State 77-72 in Lone Star Conference action.

“I am so proud of how our guys finished the year. They persevered through a lot of adversity this year,” Head Coach Matt Enriquez said. “I believe finishing off the year winning three out of the last five is a huge stepping stone for our program moving forward. Coming off a difficult game Thursday, the guys showed how we can be resilient on the road against a very talented team like Angelo State. They came out and hit us early and put us in a big hole, but we chipped away. That run right before halftime was big, as it gave us some momentum. Knowing that we are returning everyone next year but Latrell Spivey is a big boost, as all of the players on this team saw significant time that can only help us for next year.”

Finding a baserunner, whether via a hit, walk, hit-by-pitch or otherwise was a difficult task for the Western New Mexico University softball team against No. 5 Angelo State on Saturday. The Belles got a pair of dominant pitching performances, first by Brandy Marlett as she tossed a no-hitter in six innings and allowed just two walks. While in the second game, Morgan Hill allowed just a hit and one hit-by-pitch in five innings that led to the Belles taking both games by the same scores of 8-0 in run-rule Lone Star Conference victories.

Marlett, the LSC Preseason Pitcher of the Year, struckout 10 and allowed just two walks in no-hitting the Lady Mustangs (1-14, 0-5 LSC) and picking up her fifth (5-0) win of the year. Both walks allowed by Marlett came in the fourth inning. Junior Ariana Maldonado opened the inning working a full-count walk and then after an out, senior Mariangela Garcia added a five-pitch walk. After a sacrifice bunt moved both runners up, a strikeout ended the threat.

While Marlett kept the Lady Mustangs off the base paths, the Angelo State (15-1, 5-0 LSC) offense posted all the runs they would need in the first inning. The Belles scored five runs on five hits to take a 5-0 lead after one. They added two more in the second and then Rocha hit a walk-off solo home run to begin the sixth inning to give Angelo State the 8-0 run-rule victory.

Wallace, Rocha and Kirk all had two hits to lead Angelo State, with Rocha and Kirk driving in three runs apiece.

Junior Ciara Fields posted her fifth 20-point game of the season Thursday as she went for 22 as the Western New Mexico University women’s basketball team used a strong second half, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the big first half by Texas A&M-Kingsville as the Javelinas posted the 70-42 Lone Star Conference victory.

 Fields went 7-17 from the field, 2-6 from three and 6-7 from the free throw line. She also pulled down a team-high seven rebounds. Senior Jade Botelho added seven points, senior Melody McLaughlin with six and freshman Rachel Francisco rounded out the four that scored at least five points as she went for five.

Senior Latrell Spivey and sophomore CJ Vanbeekum paced the Western New Mexico University men’s basketball team Thursday night as each went for 10 points. Four players scored at least six points for the Mustangs and after pulling closer early in the second half, Texas A&M-Kingsville used a big push to pull away with the 80-40 Lone Star Conference victory.

Spivey went 3-8 from the field, a perfect 4-4 from the foul line and grabbed a team-best seven rebounds. Vanbeekum went 4-7 from the field, 2-4 from long range and added two assists and a steal. Juniors Jordan Enriquez and Haneef Vaughn-Wilson added six points apiece, while Vaughn-Wilson also had six rebounds.

The offense was limited to just four hits Saturday in a doubleheader, but what a difference a day makes. The Western New Mexico University softball team pounded out 14 hits and five runs, but a late pinch-hit two-run homer was the runs Eastern New Mexico University needed late to hold on for the 7-5 Lone Star Conference victory on Sunday.

Nine players had at least a hit for WNMU (1-12, 0-3 LSC), with redshirt freshman Alicia Habitzreuther tallying three hits and two RBI, along with a home run. Juniors Ariana Maldonado and Carolyn Castillo, along with freshman Grisdey Paredes-Alvarez all recorded two hits apiece. Freshman Dominique Gonzales added two RBI.

After being delayed a day in starting the Lone Star Conference season, the Western New Mexico University softball team played a tight game right out of the gate against Eastern New Mexico University. Backed by a strong start by sophomore Thalia O’Neill, the Lady Mustangs were within a run the whole game, but just fell short 2-1 in the opener. The Greyhounds then exploded in game two to take the 9-1 five inning victory to sweep the conference doubleheader Saturday.

O’Neill did all she could, as she went all six innings in the opener, allowing just one earned run, along with a pair of strikeouts. The only problem was, Leslie Reyes matched her for the Greyhounds as she went all seven innings to claim the win (4-3), along just one unearned run.

Seniors Jade Botelho, Lucy Benning, Myla Woods-Brown and Melody McLaughlin combined for 21 points during their final home games as Lady Mustangs on Saturday. Midwestern State University ruined the party, however, as they used a balanced scoring effort to defeat the Western New Mexico University women’s basketball team 80-45 in Lone Star Conference play.

Woods-Brown saved her best game for last as her 11 points not only was a season-high, but career-high mark as well. She went 4-7 from the field, along with four rebounds and an assist. Botelho added six points, with three rebounds, two assists and three steals. Both Benning and McLaughlin scored two points apiece. Benning added a rebound, while McLaughlin had two rebounds, two assists and three steals.

Junior Jon-Reese Woodson stole the show on senior night from Latrell Spivey and I’m sure he is just fine with that. Woodson was on pace for a rare triple-double, as he had the points and the rebounds, but then added five blocks, with the last being the game-changer. After Spivey pushed the Mustangs to a two-point lead late, Brandon Neel looked to go coast-to-coast for Midwestern State and tie the game, but on his layup attempt, Woodson flew over and sent the shot back and in the process lifting the Western New Mexico University men’s basketball team to an exhilarating 86-84 Lone Star Conference victory on Saturday.

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