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Three NMHU hoopsters are All-RMAC

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By NMHU Sports Information

Three New Mexico Highlands baseketball players were among the All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference honorees for 2012-13 announced recently.  

Cowgirl Alyssa Lopez was selected to the All-RMAC First Team in women’s basketball.

Cowboys Lavell McDade and Mannie Cass were selected to the All-RMAC Second Team on the men’s side. The awards are nominated and voted on by the head coaches in the RMAC.

Lopez adds another accolade to her already impressive basketball resume with her selection. Lopez finished the season with the third most points (450 total points) in the RMAC, averaging 17.3 points per game (third place).

The El Paso, Texas, native was selected to the 2012-13 RMAC Preseason All-Conference Team. Lopez was also picked as the 2012-13 RMAC Academic Player of the Year for her performance in the classroom as well as on the court. She is the first student-athlete from NMHU to earn the Academic Player of the Year award. Lopez followed that accolade with a selection to the Capital One Academic All-District 6 First Team.

Mannie Cass, a native of Carbondale, Ill., led the Cowboys in scoring with a total of 439 points (16.3 ppg) and was ranked fifth in the conference in scoring.  He was also the Cowboys’ leader in rebounds (125) this season and in three-point percentage (.443). The 6-7 Cass was the Cowboys’ best all-around threat on the court, able to post up in the paint or jump out beyond the arc and drop 3-pointers at will. Cass helped lead the Cowboys (13-14) to the 2013 RMAC Shootout Tournament Quarterfinals as the No. 7 seed.

Lavell McDade, from Carbondale, Ill., finished the season ranked third in the RMAC in total assists with 113. McDade led the Cowboys in both steals (58) and assists (113). He was second on the Cowboys in scoring (15.0 ppg), rebounds (111), and three-point percentage (.394). He was the on-court leader for the Cowboys and helped the team to the RMAC Shootout.

The Cowboys did not have any seniors and should return a very talented and experienced squad next year.

The Cowgirls finished 4-22 overall. The young team only lost senior Ashley Zaragoza and should return a much more experienced team next year.