ENMU women improve to 6-0 in Lone Star play
Greyhounds post 26-0 first-half run in win at Texas Woman's
Last updated 1/8/2017 at 4:42am
DENTON, Texas — Junior guard Jasmine Hotchkins scored 13 of her career-high 16 points in a 26-0 first-half run, propelling Eastern New Mexico University to a 60-49 Lone Star Conferencd women’s victory over Texas Woman’s on Saturday.
Senior Kassandra Harris had 12 points and six rebounds and Johna McClelland seven points and 13 boards to help the Greyhounds (10-3, 6-0 LSC) remain in a tie with Angelo State for first place in the conference standings.
TWU (10-4, 3-3) scored the game’s first seven points as ENMU missed its first 10 shots from the field before McClelland’s layup broke the ice about 3 1/2 minutes into the contest.
Then Hotchkins got hot, hitting a 3-pointer to knot things up and a jumper for Eastern’s first lead in the closing seconds of the first quarter. She hit another 3-pointer to open the second, then scored the final five points in the run an Emily Spector layup broke the Pioneers’ nearly 10-minute scoring drought.
Hotchkins went 4-for-7 from behind the 3-point line, accounting for all but two of ENMU’s baskets from long distance in the contest.
Texas Woman’s (10-4, 3-3), led by Kenesha Saygo’s 10 points and five rebounds, never seriously threatened despite a 12-0 run in the third quarter, which pared a 17-point deficit to 35-30.
The Greyhounds outscored the Pioneers 32-18 in the paint and 11-0 in fast break points, and outshot TWU 39 percent to 29 percent despite their slow start.
The win gives fourth-year ENMU coach Josh Prock his first season of at least six LSC wins, and moves his career mark in conference play to 20-34.
Eastern resumes the season with some morning Lone Star action, with a 10 a.m. Thursday tipoff against Cameron at Greyhound Arena. The Greyhounds will go for just their second 7-0 conference start in program history, and second only to the 9-0 start by the 1992-93 LSC champion Zias.