Mustangs pull away, top Zias

CNJ staff

WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Junior forward Tiffany Cook scored 19 points and Midwestern State held Eastern New Mexico to three field goals over the final 14 minutes Saturday night to beat the Zias 70-54 in Lone Star Conference South Division women’s play.

Guards Stacey Staten and Kayla Hodge added 14 and 13 points, respectively, for the Mustangs (9-10, 3-3 South), who shot 63 percent in the first half and finished at 53 percent for the game on 28-of-53.

Freshman forward Til-Lois Fifer led the Zias (3-16, 0-6) with 12 points, but ENMU suffered its eighth loss in a row.

ENMU led by a point four times in the first 9 1/2 minutes, but the Mustangs took the lead for good with a 7-0 run on baskets by Staten and Hodge and a 3-pointer by forward Brittni Morrison.

The Zias kept it close into the second half, pulling to within three points three times, the last at 48-45 on freshman guard Tori Northcutt’s basket with 14:15 left.

To that point, the Zias were shooting just over 50 percent (18-of-35). Then Midwestern held ENMU scoreless for 4 1/2 minutes and went on a 10-2 run over a six-minute span to push the margin into double figures for the first time.

The Zias were 3-of-16 from the field with six turnovers over the final 14 minutes. Their final field goal came on a jump shot by freshman Lacey Acker with 5:04 left, making it 60-51.

Fifer was ENMU’s only double-figure scorer, although freshman Patricia Malouff finished with nine points. The Zias got four points, seven rebounds and four blocks in 23 minutes off the bench from 6-foot-3 freshman Kara Bible.