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n their second meeting in just three days, the Western New Mexico Mustangs entered the John A. Wilson Complex on the campus of New Mexico Highlands looking for their first win of the season. The Cowboys took the first of the two meetings over the weekend at the conference challenge in Durango, Colorado. A second half surge, fell just short as the Mustangs fell 71-74.
Amarion Cash (Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe) - 22-points | 4-9 3PG | 5 reb. | 2 assists
Andrew Leonard (Tucson, AZ /Cienega ) - 13-points | 4-4 FT | 4 reb. | 4 assists
Rodney Simon (Boston, MA/Randolph ) - 10-points | 5-8 FG | 6 reb. | 1 block
HOW IT HAPPENED:
NMHU jumped out to a 6-0 lead within two minutes of play.
Andrew Leonard (Tucson, AZ /Cienega ) aided in closing the deficit, sinking a three followed by a series of free throws to put WNMU within two.
CJ Vanbeekum (Phoenix, AZ/Paradise) would knock down a three of his own for the Mustangs first lead at 19-17.
The teams traded leads throughout the rest of the first half, with NMHU up 33-29 just under the five minute mark.
Just as the Cowboys thought they would go into the break with the lead, Amarion Cash (Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe) got off a last minute shot to retake the lead 38-37.
Similar to the first half, NMHU pulled ahead to take a six point lead. They would lead by as many as 14 in the second half.
Cash rallied off 10-points in the last five minutes of the game. A last minute effort to tie, ricocheted off the rim, giving the Cowboys the 74-71 win.
The team will take a break from Division II opponents, traveling to in-state University of the Southwest, Friday in Hobbs, N.M. at 5 p.m.
Western New Mexico hosted the Falcons of UT – Permian Basin Saturday, in their first game under the lights. In the final event of homecoming festivities, the Mustangs did not disappoint earning their first win of the season 47-28 over UTPB.
CJ Fowler (Mesa, AZ/Desert Ridge HS) – 16-of-30 | 198-yards | 3TDs.
DeAndre Williams (Tucson, AZ/Tucson Magnet) – 19 carries | 77-yards | 2 TDs
Reggie Colson III (Hollywood, FL/South Borward HS) – 7 receptions | 98-yards | 2 TDs
The Western New Mexico traveled to Sacramento, California over the weekend competing in the Capitol Cross Challenge amongst 35 other teams on the men's side in the university invite, and 23 on the women's side in the university open.
Leading the way for the Mustang men was sophomore David Apodaca (Rio Rancho/Cleveland High School) with a time of 25.13.7, the third fastest in program history in an 8k race.
Just behind was senior Dorian Carrasco (Clint, TX/Clint) with a time of 25.20.7 and the fourth fastest in program history.
After earning their first conference win on Monday over UT -Permian Basin, the Mustangs returned home Thursday to take on St. Mary's. Keeping with Monday's momentum, Western defeated the visiting Rattlers in straight sets for their second straight win.
Bria Augustine (Bell Flower, CA/Mayfair High School) - 15 kills | .423 hitting percentage |
Maggie Roe (Boulder City, NV/Boulder City High School) - 10 kills | .529 hitting percentage
Madelynn Culp (Vancouver, WA/Union High School) - 23 assists
On Monday, Tarleton State University officially notified the Lone Star Conference that they would be withdrawing from the athletic conference effective June 30, 2020.
TSU has been working towards moving to the Division 1 level of the NCAA and has accepted an invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference. "This is an exciting time for Tarleton as we look to enhance our institutional profile as an NCAA Division I university," said Tarleton State University President Dr. James Hurley. "I would like to thank Commissioner Jeff Hurd, the WAC Presidents and everyone involved at today's meeting for their hospitality. Today was an important milestone in our quest to show the country that Tarleton is next level ready."
Mustang younglings James Temple (Malahide, IRL/Malahide Community School) and UNM transfer Bowen Davis (Albuquerque, NM/Home-schooled/UNM) led the men's golf team in its 2019 season opener in Ruidoso on Monday. The talented sophomores tied for 9th place, firing 9-under par for 54 holes around the par 72 Links at Sierra Blanca in the talent ladened High Country Shootout. Western entered only individuals in the field and didn't compete as a team.
UNM transfer Bowen Davis (Albuquerque, NM/Home-schooled/UNM) took advantage of his new surroundings as he traded his Lobo Cherry and Silver for Purple and Gold this season and fired rounds of 72-68-67 (-9) in his first start for Mustangs in the 71-player field.
The Belles of Angelo State took sets one and two in demanding fashion. Coming out of the intermission the Mustangs looked renewed and ready to fight, but ultimately fell short of extending the match falling in straight sets.
Bria Augustine (Bell Flower, CA/Mayfair High School) - 10 kills | .417 hitting percentage
Gabi Lau (Kailua, HI/University Laboratory School) - 7 digs
Sarah Campoli (Weatherford, TX/Azle High School) - 10 assists
HOW IT HAPPENED:
The Mustang volleyball team traveled to Lubbock, Texas for a Friday night matchup with Lubbock Christian to continue conference play. The Lady Chaps defended home court taking the match in four sets over WNMU.
Hannah TIshlarich – 7 kills | .600 hitting percentage | 1 ace | 2.0 blocks
Bria Augustine (Bell Flower, CA/Mayfair High School) – 12 kills |13 digs | 1 ace
Sarah Campoli (Weatherford, TX/Azle High School) – 39 assists | 2 kills | 1.5 blocks
Gabi Lau (Kailua, HI/University Laboratory School) – 24 digs
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