Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team faced off against Texas Woman’s Thursday, February 9 at Greyhound Arena. The Hounds came into the game tied for the top spot in the Lone Star Conference.
The Hounds started the game performing on all cylinders. Their defense was especially sound holding the Pioneers scoreless for the first four and a half minutes of the game. Eventually, Texas Woman’s scored but were unable to close the gap. The Hounds took the first quarter 22-11.
Despite problems with the shot clock, our Green and Silver were laser focused as they capitalized on miscues made by the Pioneers. Solid rebounds and hustle, Hounds then finished with a lead of 17 and a halftime score of 47-30.
Although ENMU had a commanding lead, the Pioneers stepped up and rallied closer to the Greyhounds after halftime. Undeterred, ENMU maintained composure and played with impeccable teamwork, scoring 35 points off the bench and 15 assists. Texas Woman’s furious play caused technical fouls to be called against the Hounds, garnering chants of “boo” from the crowd. The 3rd quarter ended with the Pioneers trailing the Hounds 66-60.
With 4:47 left on the clock, fourth quarter was a thriller as Texas Woman’s came within one point of the Greyhounds. Fouls committed by the Pioneers, put the Hounds on the charity stripe, ending with an 82% overall performance. With the adversity of dropping a seventeen point lead, the Green and Silver never lost faith. This allowed them to win their historic 14th LSC win with a final score of 84-81.
ENMU Jr. Guard, Sarina Johnson stated that, as a team, they knew two things: 1) they “needed to pick it up defensively to end the game with a win” and 2) they would “never allow themselves to lose their composure.” Coach Prock praised his team highlighting the fact the women have played “four games in seven days” with two of those being road games; they ended the stretch with an impressive 3-1 record. Prock thanked the dedication of his players and especially his assistant coaches, Jennifer Principe and Jasmine Johnson, for ensuring they were ready for the long road ahead. Prock also stated that “Principe and Johnson are key in the successes so far” as the Hounds are “fully prepared in practice by his assistants.” Prock also noted the “heart, resiliency and execution of the team” which allowed them to handle adversity as they faced tonight.
The ENMU Hounds provided a true example of the heart of a champions tonight and with a loss by Angelo State, the Hounds stand alone on top of the LSC conference.