By George Morse
The Northern New Mexico College mens basketball team is still looking for its second win of the season, since defeating Western New Mexico University 76-73 Nov. 1 in Espanola, the Eagles have lost seven games. The losing streak started with an 87-70 loss to Fort Lewis College Nov. 2 at Espanola. Northern’s loss in that game was due to several key factors that have plagued the Eagle’s since then.
In that game, the Eagles sank just 22-of-62 shots from the floor and hit just 4-of-17 three-pointers. In addition, Northern committed 13 turnovers, several of which came at key moments when Northern looked like it might be coming back.
“What it comes down to is making shots,” Northern Coach Ryan Cordova said. “We shot the ball bad again tonight. We’re missing easy layups. We have a 3-on-1 fast break and we turn the ball over. We stop ourselves. We’re not taking advantage of our opportunities. We need to work on that.”
Northern has played six of its last seven games on the road. The shooting woes and turnovers have continued. Overall, the Eagles have made 149-of-369 shots in those games or just over 40-percent. Northern has been averaging 18 turnovers per-game.
In their most recent loss, the Eagles shot the ball a little bit better, making 25-of-58 shots for 43-percent. Northern committed 19 turnovers that led to a 95-63 blowout loss to New Mexico Highlands University Nov. 18 in Las Vegas.
Northern has played a tough schedule so far this season. The Eagles have lost five games to larger National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II schools and have yet to play a conference game. Northern belongs to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division II and the Association of Independent Institutions (AII) Conference.
Northern will host New Mexico Highlands University Nov. 27 in Espanola. The Eagles will play their first conference game Dec.14 against the University of the Virgin Islands in the Zia Credit Union Classic at Espanola. They will face Haskell Indian Nations University Dec. 15 in its next conference game in Espanola.
Tyrique Weaver currently leads the Eagles in scoring with 15.8 points-per-game. Naquwan Solomon is averaging 15 points-per game and Estevan Martinez averages 13.8 points-per-game. Weaver leads the team in rebounding with 7.3 per-game.
The Northern New Mexico College women’s basketball team won its first game of the season 76-70 against the University of the Southwest Oct. 24 at Espanola. Since then, the Lady Eagles have struggled and lost 11 games.
Like the men, the Lady Eagles have struggled with shooting woes and turnovers. Northern has made just 35-percent of its field-goal attempts, sinking just 247 shots in 714 attempts. They are shooting just 23-percent from beyond the three-point arc, making 46-of-198 attempts. They are averaging 18.3 turnovers a game. Haley Eaves leads the Lady Eagles in scoring at 10.9 points-per-game.
Northern will not play at home until Dec. 28, when they host Oklahoma Panhandle State University.