Rambelles edge past Zias late

CNJ staff

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Angelo State got a layup from senior center Ann Parks with 43 seconds left to take the lead for good and the Rambelles held off Eastern New Mexico University 51-47 Friday night in a Lone Star Conference South Division women’s matchup.

ENMU (9-20, 0-11 South), which has lost 13 in a row, rallied back from a 10-point first-half deficit and had several small leads in the second half, the last coming with 1:09 to go on a spinning layup by sophomore forward Til-Lois Fifer.

On Angelo’s ensuing trip, Parks took a feed from Tiffany Hardwell and converted the go-ahead basket. A turnover gave the ball back to the Rambelles and soplhomore guard Camille Perkins convrted two free throws with 13 seconds left for a 3-point margin.

Sophomore guard Tori Northcutt’s 3-pointer for the tie was off the mark and Perkins, fouled with one second left, made the second of two shots to put the game out of reach.

Of the losses during the Zias’ losing streak, nine have been by eight points or less.

Parks, junior guard Cristie Rasmussen and junior forward Tiffany Hardwell scored 13 points apiece for ASU. ENMU, meantime, got team highs of 10 points and seven rebounds from Fifer.

The Zias held Angelo State (15-10, 6-4) to 25 percent field goal shooting in the second half. ENMU took its first lead since scoring the game’s first basket when sophomore Cat Clay drilled a 3-pointer for a 34-32 advantage with 13:14 left.

Northcutt’s 3-pointer tied the game 37-37 at the 10:14 mark, but the Rambelles got a basket and two free throws each from Parks and Perkins to open a 45-37 margin with just over seven minutes left.