Angelo quiets Zias’ offense for victory

CNJ staff

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Angelo State wiped out an early 4-0 deficit with a 15-2 run and the Rambelles held Eastern New Mexico University to 32 percent field goal shooting en route to a 60-50 Lone Star Conference South Division women’s victory on Saturday night.

Senior forward Meghann LeJeune was the only player in double figures for the Rambelles (14-10, 6-6 South) with 13 points, but four of her teammates finished with at least eight points as Angelo stayed in the hunt for an LSC tournament playoff berth. The Rambelles began the night tied for fourth with Texas Woman’s.

Senior forward Megan Ratliff led the Zias (12-12, 3-9) with 13 points, matching her career high set in Wednesday’s 83-73 loss to Abilene Christian at Greyhound Arena. Senior post Riikka Lehtonen added 12 points.

The Rambelles held ENMU’s two leading scorers, Elizabeth Richards and Heather Brown, to five points apiece.

“It’s hard to win when Elizabeth and Heather score just 10 points between them,” ENMU coach Linden Weese said. “We just didn’t shoot it well enough tonight.

“Megan (Ratliff) played well. (Freshman guard) Ashley Davis come off the bench and gave us a spark, and (senior guard) Missy Kirkland played well at times.”

ENMU took a quick lead on baskets by Richards and Brown, and Angelo didn’t get on the board until guard Britinee Davis banged home a 3-pointer with three minutes gone.

The Zias’ only scoring in the next 5 1/2 minutes came on a basket by Lehtonen. With the Rambelles leading 15-7, Lehtonen pulled the Zias within three points on a 3-pointer and a layup, but ENMU then went nearly 5 1/2 minutes again without a field goal as Angelo built a double-digit lead.

Kirkland’s jumper with 4:05 left in the half kept the Zias within five points, but they didn’t score the rest of the period and the Rambelles opened a 29-18 lead on two free throws by guard Ashley King in the final minute of the half.

ENMU got within seven on two field goals by Lehtonen in the first minute of the second half, but the Rambelles scored the next two baskets for an 11-point lead with 16:19 left. The margin was never under double figures the rest of the way.

Both teams finished with 20 field goals, but the Rambelles converted 17-of-27 free throw opportunities while the Zias were 6-for-10 from the line.