ENMU basketball teams playing hard
As the school year continues into the new year for Eastern New Mexico University so does basketball season for the Greyhounds.
In the first two weeks of the semester, the women’s basketball team faced their rival, the West Texas A&M Lady Buffs. The Greyhounds fell behind early and struggled to keep up with the Lady Buffs, eventually losing 72-61, ending their seven-game winning streak.
Head Coach Josh Prock said, “I’m happy with where we are in the season. We still have a lot of things to improve on, but the girls are getting tougher every day. I think that we can be more consistent with the little things and getting to where we are supposed to be.”
Lady Greyhound Alivia Lewis said, “Our team is very unselfish, and we work together really well. We all know our roles on the team as well. While defense is definitely our strength, I think our team is overall very well rounded offensively as well.”
On Jan. 24, the Lady Greyhounds played against the Texas Woman’s University Pioneers. The Greyhounds redeemed themselves by defeating the Pioneers 79-78 in an overtime thriller. With the pressure resting on her shoulders, Sophomore Greyhound Jena Mehlbrech made two free throws in the last two seconds of the game, resulting in a victory.
“I kept telling myself that they are just free throws, and I’ve made tons of free throws in my life, so these shouldn’t be so different,” said Mehlbrech.
The men’s basketball team had an intense game against Texas A&M-Commerce on Jan. 19, in which players getting physical with each other caused all but four ENMU players to be ejected from the game. The Greyhounds fought hard but suffered a 99-112 loss.
Head Coach Tres Segler said, “We’ve had to overcome some crazy adversity, and I don’t think our guys, even in the hardest moments, ever doubted or quit, and so, I am really happy with that. I think that is something we want to be known for here.”
The men’s basketball team played against their rivals, West Texas A&M, on Jan. 22. Although it was a relatively close game, the Greyhounds fell behind early, resulting in a 69-74 loss, making it their fifth loss of the new year.
Senior Greyhound Maurice Coleman said, “We can always improve on the defensive end and just make shots. We have good nights where we shoot the ball very well, and then we have some nights we don’t shoot the ball well. We are working hard. There is always room to work harder, but we’re sharing the ball and playing for each other each and every night.”
The next home game for both Greyhound teams will be on Feb. 7 against the UT-Permian Basin at the Greyhound Arena. The women’s team will play at 5:30 p.m. and the men’s team will follow at 7:30 p.m.