Emporia State thumps cold-shooting Zias

CNJ staff

EMPORIA, Kan. — The Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team occasionally endures a rough night shooting. Friday’s showing, though, was one for the ages.

The Zias shot 24 percent from the field and went 0-for-16 from 3-point range — the first time in 114 games they had not made at least one 3-pointer — in an 82-50 loss to seventh-ranked Emporia State in the ESU Tip-Off Classic.

The last time the Zias went an entire game without a 3-pointer was Feb. 14, 2004, when they beat Lone Star Conference South Division foe Texas Woman’s 51-38 at Greyhound Arena despite going 0-for-11 from behind the arc.

Senior guard Cassondra Boston’s 13 points led five Emporia players in double figures, including three reserves. The balanced Lady Hornets (2-0) got scoring from nine of 11 players who saw action.

ENMU’s lone double-figure scorer was junior post Kassie Daugherty, who finished with 10 points and also grabbed a team-leading seven rebounds.

The teams went scoreless for more than two minutes before a basket by ESU’s Jocelyn Cummings kicked off a game-opening 10-0 run. Daugherty’s layup got the Zias on the board at the 16:06 mark, but Emporia scored the next two baskets and the margin was never under double figures the rest of the way.

ENMU trailed by as much as 21 points late in the first half, but cut the difference to 11 twice early in the second half. The Zias were still within 52-40 with 9:28 left after two free throws by junior guard Tori Northcutt, but Emporia poured it on down the stretch.

Lacy Corker’s 3-pointer with 38 seconds left ended the scoring and gave the Lady Hornets their biggest margin of the night.

In the first half of the doubleheader, Missouri Southern pounded Evangel 79-43. The event concludes today with the Zias facing Southern (1-1) at 4:30 p.m. (MST), followed by Evangel against Emporia State.