No. 17 Lady Buffs post win over Zias

CNJ staff

CANYON, Texas — Junior guard Emily Brister scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds Saturday night as West Texas A&M rolled to a 78-57 win over Eastern New Mexico University in a Lone Star Conference South Division women’s matchup.

The Lady Buffs (19-4, 9-1 South), winning for the 13th time in 14 games, scored first on junior guard Jamie Dreiling’s 3-pointer 17 seconds in and never relinquished the lead. The win was WT’s 42nd in a row on its home court.

Dreiling added 12 points for WT, ranked No. 17 in NCAA Division II, while sophomore guard Holly Isaacs scored 11 and reserve Megan McLain finished with 10. Freshman guard Patricia Malouff and freshman post Kara Bible scored 14 points each for the Zias, with freshman guard Lacey Acker adding three 3-pointers and 10 points off the bench.

Malouff’s layup with just over a minute gone got the Zias (4-19, 1-9) on the board, but WT proceeded to score the next 11 points for a 16-2 bulge just four minutes in.

A 6-0 ENMU run, capped by a basket from Malouff and another from Bible off Malouff’s assist, pared the margin to 18-12. The Zias then went five minutes without a field goal and the Lady Buffs built the margin to 29-14 with seven minutes left in the half.

WT led 38-16 less than three minutes until halftime before the Zias put together an 11-5 spurt that included seven points from Malouff to close to 43-27 at the break.

The margin stayed between 17 and 22 until the final 10 minutes. WT’s biggest lead was at 70-42 with seven minutes to go.

The Zias shot 50 percent for the game on 19-of-38, but committed 27 turnovers and were outrebounded 36-28. The Lady Buffs shot a modest 38 percent (25-of-65), but had a 16-2 edge in offensive rebounds which resulted in a 13-0 advantage in second-chance points.

No WT starter played more than Brister’s 27 minutes, four ENMU players went 33 or more minutes. Freshman point guard Tori Northcutt played all but two minutes and had nine of the Zias’ 14 assists.