Pueblo uses lengthy run to beat Zias

CNJ staff

DENVER — Senior guard Kaylon Miller tied a career-high with 16 points, 13 in the second half, and Colorado State-Pueblo used a 17-0 run spanning both halves Saturday en route to a 71-50 victory over Eastern New Mexico University’s women in Metro State’s Thanksgiving Classic.

The ThunderWolves (4-0) are off to their best start since opening 10-0 in 1975-76, and they’ve had four different scoring leaders so far this season.

The Zias (1-4), meantime, ran into a wall after opening a 33-27 lead on a layup by freshman guard Tori Northcutt with 4:57 left in the opening half.

Pueblo held ENMU scoreless for more than 7 1/2 minutes, scoring the final 11 points of the first half and the first six of the second for a 44-33 advantage. The Zias kept the margin around 10 points until the final 3 1/2 minutes, when they were outscored 12-2 by the Thunderwolves.

Junior forward Mary Rehfeld added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Thunderwolves, who hit 9-of-18 from 3-point range and shot 44 percent overall from the field.

Meantime, Pueblo limited the Zias to 31 percent shooting, including 7-of-36 in the second half, and 3-of-19 for the game from 3-point distance. The Zias were also guilty of 22 turnovers.

Freshman Cat Clay was ENMU’s only double-figure scorer, finishing with 11 points. Freshman post Kara Bible added six points and a game-high 11 rebounds, leading ENMU to a 45-39 advantage on the glass. Northcutt had seven of the team’s 14 assists.

The Zias are back in action on Saturday with a 5 p.m. Lone Star Conference crossover game against Texas A&M-Commerce at Greyhound Arena.