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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.

The trio of senior Jade Botelho and juniors Ciara Fields and Takiyah Lopez was nearly enough to lift the Western New Mexico University women’s basketball team past Cameron University on Thursday. Despite the 49-point effort between the threesome, the Lady Mustangs fell just short as the Aggies claimed the 67-55 Lone Star Conference victory.

Fields led the way with 20 points, making 7-17 from the field, along with five rebounds, a block and two steals. Botelho added 17 points on 7-12 shooting, to go along with two rebounds, an assist and three steals. Lopez tallied 12 points on 4-10 shooting, while grabbing five rebounds, dishing out two assists and two blocks.

Junior Willie McCray did all he could for the Western New Mexico University men’s basketball team Thursday night, as he scored 20 or more points for fourth time this season when he recorded 24 against the Aggies. While he had a big game, Cameron University had to hold on at the end, as the Mustangs made a late push before the Aggies claimed the 82-78 Lone Star Conference victory.

Cameron (10-15, 6-10 LSC) ended up leading wire-to-wire, but it wasn’t easy. McCray paced WNMU (4-20, 1-14 LSC) with 24 points on 9-19 shooting. He also had three rebounds, four assists and two steals. Junior Haneef Vaughn-Wilson reached double-digits with 17 points on 8-13 shooting, four rebounds, two assists and three steals. Sophomore CJ Vanbeekum added 13 points and five rebounds, while junior Jordan Enriquez rounded out the four in double-figures with 10 points.

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