Zias’ size figures to be issue

CNJ staff

PORTALES — First-year Eastern New Mexico University women’s coach Linden Weese isn’t sure how his team will match up in Lone Star Conference crossover games against Southwestern Oklahoma tonight and Cameron on Saturday at Greyhound Arena.

“They both look like they’re going to have a size advantage on us,” Weese said, “which is probably something we’re going to face most of the year.”

Still, Weese has been relatively pleased with his team’s 3-1 start, although the loss — 79-67 at West Texa A&M on Saturday — came in the Zias’ LSC South Division opener.

“I think our kids gave great effort,” Weese said. “The thing we want to see is improvement each game, and we’ve seen that every night so far.”

The Zias haven’t shot the ball all that well yet (39 percent), but they’re holding opponents to 55 1/2 points a game and have outrebounded the opposition by six per game so far.

Meantime, Southwestern (2-3) and Cameron (0-5) have had their struggles early in the season.

The Lady Bulldogs have scored more than 50 points only twice so far, and even won a game when they didn’t (49-46 over Ouachita Baptist). Four of Cameron’s losses have been by double-figure margins.

The Zias, 4-0 at the time, went into Weatherford last year and absorbed a 73-50 shellacking at the hands of the Lady Bulldogs. Two days later, they eked out a 66-65 win over Cameron at Lawton, Okla.