Press release: Zias add pair of post players

PORTALES, N.M. Eastern New Mexico University Head Women’s Basketball Coach Josh Prock has quickly made moves to bolster the roster for the upcoming 2013-14 season. In adding Breanna Conway (Jr., P, 6-1, Murrieta, Calif./North Central Texas Academy/Howard Payne) and Rodneisha Milum (Jt., P, 6-0, Houston, Texas/Eastern Oklahoma State College), the Zias pick up both size and experience in the post area.

“As a coaching staff, we felt one of the biggest needs was solidifying our post game,” said Prock. “And we felt we did that with the addition of Rodneisha and Breanna.”

For her play in the 2011-12 season, Conway was named to the America Southwest Conference West Division Freshman Team. Over that season, she scored 30 points and grabbed 20 rebounds for Howard Payne, while shooting 48 percent from the field and blocking three shots. While at North Central Texas Academy, Conway led the Pioneers to the 2011 TAPPS 1A state championship and poured in a career-best 20 points in the title game. During her career, she garnered accolades such as Newcomer of the Year, first-team all district, second-team all state and Freshman of the Year (2007-08).

“Our coaching staff is extremely excited to announce the addition of Breanna Conway,” said Prock. “Breanna comes to Eastern from Howard Payne University, when I previously coached. She is a young lady with great size and strength, as well. She is someone who is very skilled and can step out and hit the perimeter shot, and put the ball on the floor. Breanna also has very good hands and low post moves as well.”

Last season, Milum appeared in all 30 contests for Eastern Oklahoma State, while starting 21 games. During the season, she averaged 9.9 points and 7.9 rebounds per game, along with 11 blocked shots. She topped the 20-point mark three times, including a 25-point outburst in an 82-68 victory at Western Oklahoma State. For the season, Milum registered six double doubles, including a 13-point, 20-rebound performance in a win at Connors State.

“We are excited that Rodneisha has decided to join our program,” said Prock. “The previous coaching staff signed her and we were excited to learn about her. She comes from a strong junior college program at Eastern Oklahoma College and was coached by Amber Taylor. She is a post kid with great size and strength, who will help us solidify the middle of our team. She has two years to play for us and we are excited to see what she can accomplish in that time.”



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