Clay, Herrin lead Zias past Kingsville

CNJ staff

KINGSVILLE, Texas — Senior forward Cat Clay scored a season-high 23 points, hitting seven consecutive 3-point shots in one stretch, and junior forward Precious Herrin had 24 points and 12 rebounds Wednesday night as Eastern New Mexico University’s women ended a seven-game losing streak with a 75-61 Lone Star Conference South Division victory over Texas A&M-Kingsville.

The Zias (5-20, 3-10 South) shot a season-best 49 percent from the floor on 30-of-61. They went 9-for-17 from 3-point range with Clay, who missed her first two tries from long range, hitting 7-of-12 treys for the game.

Clay moved into a tie for ninth with Teresa Ramos on ENMU’s career scoring list with 1,109 points.

Kingsville (3-22, 1-12) lost its eighth in a row and will finish in last place in the South behind the Zias. The Javelinas shot 37 percent for the game and fired up 33 shots from 3-point range, making 12.

Herrin shot 11-of-19 from the field and the double-double was her fifth of the season. Senior guard Vanessa O’Neal of Clovis finished with 11 points, seven rebounds and three assists while senior guard Karen Grant had seven of ENMU’s 20 assists.

Kelly Bastow shot 5-of-9 from 3-point range and led the Javs with 16 points.

Chelsea Solis hit a 3-pointer on the first possession of the game to stake the Javelinas to their only lead. ENMU countered with a 10-0 run before Kingsville pulled even three times midway through the half, the last at 19-19 on a 3-pointer by Novella Thomas with 7:55 left in the period.

Clay’s 3-pointer with 6:11 to go in the half started her streak and made it 24-20. She hit three more before the end of the half and the Zias led 37-31 at the intermission.

Clay banged in another 3-pointer nine seconds into the second half, and O’Neal’s 3-point play with 16:59 to go made it 47-37. Clay finished her scoring with back-to-back treys as the Zias opened a 57-42 lead with 13 minutes left.

The margin stayed between 13 and 19 points the rest of the way.