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February 21, 2019

 

Softball

The Eastern New Mexico University softball team challenged the Angelo State University Rambelles in the first game of the day, but the Hounds dropped a hard-fought doubleheader 13-4, 19-2 on Feb. 16 at Greyhound Field. The Saturday doubleheader provided a thrilling opening game of the day.

 

The Rambelles scored the first run in the top of the third after ASU's Ashlyn Lerma drew a walk and stole second before being driven in on an RBI single by Courtney Barnhill to make it a 1-0 game.

 

The Hounds mounted a strong rally in the bottom of the fifth. Following a double by Elysa Rodriguez, sophomore left fielder Jennifer McElroy drove in Rodriguez on an RBI double down the left field line to tie the game up at one. Two batters later, catcher Parker Smith knocked in McElroy on an RBI single to right field to give the Hounds a 2-1 edge.

 

The Rambelles tied the game back up in the top of the sixth before putting together a decisive 11-run top of the seventh inning to put the game out of reach. The Greyhounds notched a few runs in the bottom of the seventh, but ultimately fell 13-2.

 

In the second game of the doubleheader, the Hounds found themselves down big early after the Belles rattled off eight runs in the top of the first. ASU scored 19 unanswered runs before Eastern broke through in the bottom of the fifth with a home run by Rodriguez to right center and a Smith RBI double closed out the 19-2 contest.

 

The Hounds will look to bounce back next week as they will seek their first LSC win of the season this weekend with a three-game series at Texas Woman's University. The first game of the series is slated for a 5 p.m. first pitch on Friday, Feb. 22 before closing out the series with a doubleheader on Saturday with the first game starting at noon.

 

 

Men’s basketball

2/14/2019- The ENMU men's basketball team matched their previous best win streak of the season with their fourth straight win on Thursday night, hanging on down the stretch to defeat Texas A&M-Kingsville by a final score of 76-72.

 

The fourth straight victory for the Hounds moves them into a tie for fourth place in the Lone Star Conference standings and also ensures that the Hounds will qualify for the LSC Post-Season Tournament on March 7-10. Sophomore Devin Pullum hit a huge bucket with just 18 seconds remaining on the clock to increase the Hound two-point lead to four points at 72-68, an advantage that they would hold onto the remainder of the contest.

 

ENMU led by nine points with just under five minutes remaining, but saw Texas A&M-Kingsville claw back into the game in the final minutes and worked the deficit back to within one point at 69-68 with just over two minutes remaining on the clock.

 

The Hounds forced 20 turnovers throughout the contest in a game in which the score at halftime was just 37-36 in their favor. Eastern turned those turnovers into 26 points and also recorded 20 fast-break points.

 

2/16/2019- The Eastern New Mexico University men's basketball team pushed their win streak to five games thanks to a dominant second half and secured an 83-71 victory over ASU on Saturday afternoon.

 

The Hounds limited the Rambelles to just 29 second-half points and a 23.5 percent (8-of-39) shooting percentage from the field in order to come back from a 42-28 halftime deficit. Senior Arcaim Lallemand put together a story-book ending to his career inside Greyhound Arena with 19 points and 11 rebounds to help lead three other seniors that scored double-digit points in the contest, including seniors Maurice Coleman and Chukuka Emili, who also had double-doubles on the night.

 

ENMU opened up the second half on a 12-7 run to narrow the deficit to just 49-42 with 14:23 remaining in the game and then prevented the Rams from scoring a field goal for nearly 10 minutes. That defensive stand allowed the Hounds to pick apart the ASU defense and push themselves ahead 59-54 with just over five minutes remaining on the clock.  

 

The Hounds closed out the game flawlessly in the final minutes of the game, never allowing ASU back to within five points by going 13-of-14 from the free-throw line as a unit throughout those final five minutes. Senior Zach Parker also contributed heavily to the outstanding final five minutes of basketball for the Hounds with seven points throughout that stretch, including a highlight-reel dunk off the backboard to himself to put the exclamation point on a come from behind victory for ENMU.

 

The win pushed the Greyhound win streak to five games, their longest of the season, and also moves their overall record to above .500 for the first time all season. ENMU now sits in fourth place in the LSC standings with a conference record of 9-6 and will close out the remainder of the season on the road, finishing with a record of 7-2 inside Greyhound Arena for the year.

 

 

Women’s basketball

 

The ENMU women's basketball team rallied from a 12-point second half deficit to take down ASU 71-67 in the Hounds' final home game of the 2018-19 season.

 

With the win in the Senior Day game, the Greyhounds moved into a three-way tie for first place in the Lone Star with the Rambelles West Texas A&M.

 

ASU fought back to tie the score at 14 within the final minute, but with 39 seconds to go, a jumper by Kamirah Decker followed by an assist by Chelsea Hunter sent the Greyhounds into the second period with a 16-14 edge.

 

Following a Rambelles score on the opening possession of the second period to tie the game, the Hounds countered with scores on back-to-back possessions by Clay and Lewis to push the ENMU advantage back to four with 8:10 left until halftime.

 

ASU rallied with eight unanswered over a 2:27 stretch to reclaim a 24-20 edge with 5:43 to go until the break. The Belles pushed their advantage to as much as five at 27-22 with 1:59 left.

 

The Hounds and Rambelles traded blows over the final two minutes as a Hunter three-pointer and jumper in the paint between a pair of ASU layups made it a four-point game prior to Tilasha Okey burying a three-pointer just before the buzzer to cut the Eastern deficit to 31-30 at the half.

 

The Belles made some strong second-half adjustments as they scored seven unanswered points in the first 1:16 to push their lead to 38-30. ASU extended its advantage to as large as 12 at 53-41 with 58 seconds left in the period.

 

The Greyhounds trailed 55-45 heading into the fourth quarter as they pieced together an inspired comeback in the final quarter. After ASU scored the first bucket of the period, Jones scored the first four points during a 10-0 run over a two-and-a-half minute stretch that was closed out on a three-pointer by Hunter, closing the gap to 57-55 with 6:48 remaining.

 

ASU battled back with four straight to retake a 64-62 lead with 2:30 left, but Clay came up big again for the Hounds. After her free throw cut the deficit to one, she scored the go-ahead layup off an assist by Cox to give ENMU the 65-64 advantage.

 

The Greyhounds’ defense came up with a pair of strong defensive stops while Hunter and Lewis were able to each knock down a pair of free throws to stretch the edge to 69-64 with 15 seconds to go.

 

The Greyhounds outscored the Rambelles 26-12 in the final period after getting outmatched by a 24-15 margin in the third quarter.  While Eastern struggled from the field offensively, shooting 21-for-66 (31.8 percent) and 4-for-18 (22.2 percent) from the three-point arc, the Hounds were clutch from the charity stripe, converting 25-of-32 (78.1 percent), including 23-of-28 (82.1 percent) in the second half. The Eastern defense was also able to come up big, holding the Belles to a season-low 26-of-81 (32.1 percent) from the field and 10-for-35 (28.6 percent) while limiting the Belles to a season-low five free throw attempts (5-for-5).

 

 

Track & field

 

2/16/2019 The Eastern New Mexico University track and field team broke two program records after day one of the Lone Star Conference Indoor Championships at the Texas Tech Sports Performance Center on Feb. 16.

Senior sprinter Danee Bustos broke her own program record in the 200-meter dash preliminaries after crossing the finish line in 24.45 to set the second-best qualifying mark in the event. The mark topped her previous best time of 24.52, while also setting an NCAA Division II Indoor Championship provisional qualifying mark. After her time was converted to a 24>52 due to elevation, she currently holds the 15th-fastest 200-meter time in Division II. Bustos also came away with a provisional qualifying mark in the 400-meter with a time of 56.44, placing fifth overall to also qualify for tomorrow's championship heat.

 

Earlier in the day, Mathis broke a school record of her own when she turned in the eighth-best time in the 60-meter prelims with a time of 7.70. The mark set a new program record in the event, topping Dominique Zamora's record of 7.75 set during the 2017 indoor season. By placing in the top eight, Mathis will also compete in the 60-meter championship heat on-top of competing in the 200-meter.

 

In the 800-meter prelims, junior Mason Swanson set a strong mark in her pursuit to defend her 800-meter title. Swanson crossed the finish line in 2:18.32 to set the second-fastest time in the prelims while also setting the fifth-fastest time in ENMU history.

Mercy Rotich continued to climb up the ENMU record books with a strong finish in the 5000-meter run. Rotch turned in a time of 18:08.72 to set the second-fastest 5000-meter time in program history, placing her behind just Amber Saiz's record mark set in 2015. Rotich placed third overall out of 20 competitors in the meet to score six points for the Hounds team score.

 

In the pentathlon, Jessica Campbell scored 2735 points to place seventh overall and scored the Hounds two team points, while also setting the second-best pentathlon mark in ENMU history.

 

On the men's side, freshman sprinter Andrew Villegas qualified for the 200-meter final after placing eighth in the prelims with a time of 21.90. Villegas set the second-fastest mark in the ENMU record books, topping Jullian Coronado-Clark and Victor Cruz's marks of 21.97 that were set during the 2016 season. Travonne Armstead also put together a strong mark in the 200-meter event after crossing the finish line in 22.05 to set the fifth-fastest mark in the history of the program.

 

In the 800-meter prelims, Ivar Moinat turned in a time of 1:53.96 to place fourth overall to qualify for tomorrow's championship heat. Moinat currently holds the seventh-fastest 800-meter time in NCAA Division II and the fastest time in the Lone Star this year as he will seek to eclipse it in tomorrow's championship event.

The Greyhounds also put together a solid showing in the men's distance medley in the final event of the day. The four-man team consisting of Garrett Meyer, Louis Bolander, Adren Soto, and Lorenzo Juarez combined for a time of 11:06.51 to place sixth overall, scoring the men's team three points. The mark set the third-fastest medley time in program history.

 

Compiled by Staff Writer Jamar Claibourn

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