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ENMU women fall in D-I exhibitions


October 30, 2019

EL PASO — Eastern New Mexico’s women’s basketball team saw live-game action for the first time in the 2019-20 season with an 84-64 exhibition road loss to Texas-El Paso on Saturday afternoon.

The Greyhounds shot 47.2 percent (25-of-53) from the field and had 16 points from junior Natalie DeLonge against Division I UTEP. Sophomore Zamorye Cox hit 2-of-3 attempts from three-point range to finish next on the team with 14 points. Senior Alivia Lewis recorded eight boards to lead the Greyhounds’ rebounding effort.

Freshman Taylor Hall also provided a bright spot for the Hounds with 14 points in her first collegiate basketball action, making four-of-seven shots from the field.

The Miners made four three-pointers in the first quarter to jump out to an early 23-17 lead. The Hounds connected on over 50 percent (7-of-12) of their shot attempts in the opening frame, but couldn’t match the Miners’ three-point shooting.

The advantage was extended to 41-29 by the halftime break, and UTEP never looked back, despite Eastern New Mexico matching its third-quarter scoring output with 15 points.

The Miners forced the Greyhounds into 26 turnovers, recording 14 steals. Eastern New Mexico combated that with five blocks, including three from Lewis.

The Greyhounds faced the University of Arizona Sunday, falling 85-38. DeLonge had nine points to lead the Greyhounds, including a 5-for-6 effort from the line. Sophomore Jena Mehlbrech had seven points on 3-for-4 shooting.

Hounds eighth in poll — Following its second NCAA Tournament berth in the last three seasons, the Eastern New Mexico women's basketball team tied for eighth in the D2SIDA Women's Basketball Preseason South Central Regional Poll.

The region includes the Lone Star Conference and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Seven LSC schools took top 10 spots, with Lubbock Christian sweeping the six first-place votes.

The Greyhounds received 18 points in the poll, tied for eighth with Colorado School of Mines.

Other LSC schools in the poll are West Texas A&M third, Angelo State fourth, Tarleton State sixth and Texas A&M-Commerce seventh.

The Hounds finished last season with a 19-11 overall record and a 14-6 mark in Lone Star Conference play as they finished in a three-way tie for third place in the league standings.

The Greyhounds have an exhibition tonight at the University of New Mexico, and begin the regular season Nov. 8 against New Mexico Highlands in the LSC/RMAC challenge at Fort Lewis College. They’ll face the tournament host Skyhawks the following day.


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