PORTALES — With tipoff just a few months away, the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team filled out a trio of roster spots that includes a Clovis product and a Division I transfer.
Forward Hanna Nussbaumer, point guard Bella Stone and wing Iyanna McCurdy will be eligible for the 2021-22 season. Nussbaumer, a 2021 Clovis high grad, and Stone are first-year students while McCurdy has a year of eligibility remaining after three years at Southeast Missouri State.
“I am thrilled to announce the addition of three incredible student-athletes to our women’s basketball program,” said Greyhounds coach Meghan De los Reyes, who was hired in July. “All three of these newcomers are not only great players who will impact our team, but high character individuals who will make a positive influence in our school and community as well.”
Stone was a second-team all-conference guard at South Medford, which won the Class 6A Oregon state championship. She averaged 3.5 points per game starting at the 1.
“Bella is a true point guard who makes everyone around her better,” De los Reyes said. “She has an incredibly high IQ, excellent court vision, and the ability to distribute the ball with precision and consistency.”
Nussbaumer played basketball, soccer and softball for the Wildcats. She was a first-team District 4-5A selection in basketball in both her junior and senior seasons.
Nussbaumer averaged 12.8 points and 7.0 rebounds, and was named team MVP for Clovis.
“Hanna is a hard-working and driven local product with tremendous versatility,” said De los Reyes, “She will really complement the players we have on our roster and her unmatched persistence and desire to succeed will be a positive for our program on and off the court.”
McCurdy, a Philadelphia native, started 15 games for the Redhawks in the 2017-18 season and averaged 20.7 minutes, 5.5 points, and 3.6 rebounds. McCurdy helped Southeast Missouri to an Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) championship in 2020 and was part of two league championship teams at Friends’ Central High in Philadelphia.
“Iyanna is an elite athlete who is lightning quick and can jump out of the gym,” said De los Reyes. “Her defensive prowess and rebounding ability from the wing will lift our team immediately. Offensively, with her mentality attacking the basket and running the floor, she will undoubtedly flourish in our program.”
The Greyhounds did not participate in the 2020-21 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the 2019-20 season, the Greyhounds went 22-9 and qualified for their third NCAA Division II tournament in four seasons in 2020.
ENMU’s Pascoa honored — ENMU freshman Marta Pascoa was named the Lone Star Conference women’ cross country Freshman Runner of the Week on Wednesday by the conference office in Richardson, Texas.
Pascoa, who came to the Greyhounds from Setubal, Portugal, made her college debut by placing eighth at the Texas Tech Open with a time of 19:10.15 on the 5-kilometer course. She was the fastest freshman at the meet and fifth among other LSC runners.
Pascoa is the first ENMU runner to receive a conference weekly honor since Mary Rotich earned the week accolade in October 2018 when she was first in the 2018 Lone Star Conference Preview with a 6k time of 21:48.65.