This was not a good weekend for either the Men’s or Women’s Hoopsters. The Women dropped a 64-60 loss at Eastern New Mexico. After leading most of the way, the Zias of ENMU outscored the Lions by 5 points in the final 10 minutes to take the win. The women are still in first place, but their once firm grip on first place is not quite as firm as it was once. They face another huge test Thursday night in San Angelo taking on the Rambelles.
The Men had their own share of a rough going as they fell to Eastern in overtime 85-81. The two teams went back and forth all game long, but Eastern pulled away. They, like their Women counterparts have to head to San Angelo on Thursday night. I cannot tell you how critical these games are. For the men, they still have an outside shot to claim a regular season LSC title if they win out and it puts them in prime position for a good seed in the LSC tournament. It is essential they win out, and they can. After this game they have to Travel to Kingsville and then to Tarleton, both teams the Lions have beaten, before getting both West Texas AND UT-Permian Basin at home. All of those games are very winnable and the great thing about Basketball is someone is always going to knock another team off their perch at some point.
What has been killing the Women has been a poor set of shooting displays. Against Eastern, they shot 31 percent, Against Cameron, they were a respectable 39 percent, but Cameron’s Lady Aggies were an almost unreal 53 percent. If that gets corrected, the Women will get back into the win column. They have been able to finish and close games that have been tight this year, something they had a problem with last season. This year is different. They can, and I believe they will.
For the Men, the problem has been simply allowing too many points and allowing games to go to overtime. Most of that has been the result of starting slow. WT would have been a win if they Lions had started faster. HC Von Rosenberg Preaches defense, defense, and more defense. This team is going to win their games by grinding it out and forcing turnovers. If they get into shootouts, that greatly reduces their chances of winning. If you see a turnaround in that department, the Lions will at or near the top of the LSC standings.