Herrin scores school record 40 in Zias’ win

Freedom New Mexico

KINGSVILLE, Texas — Senior forward Precious Herrin scored a school-record 40 points and senior guard Tori Northcutt moved within single digits of the school’s career assist record Thursday night as Eastern New Mexico University opened Lone Star Conference women’s play with a 79-71 victory over Texas A&M-Kingsville.

Herrin shot 17-of-22 from the floor and 6-of-6 from the free throw line, breaking the previous record of 37 points by Robin Bradley against Schreiner University in the 1986-87 season. She also broke the school mark for field goals in a game, set by Bradley with 16 in that same contest.

Meantime, Northcutt finished with nine points, 10 assists and four rebounds, and stands eight assists short of the school record of 461 by Stephanie Brockman. Senior guard Lace Clark added 13 points.

The first half was tight until the final minute and a half, when the Javelinas (1-4, 0-1 LSC) got a go-ahead 3-pointer from Shonta Dobbins to start a 7-0 run and take a 41-36 lead at the break.

Brandi Clark made it a seven-point lead with a layup to start the second half, and the Javs eventually led by nine before senior guard Kiara Tate’s 3-pointer started the Zias (2-4, 1-0) on the comeback trail.

Karen Grant hit another jumper to put the Zias ahead 53-52 with 12:24 left, and they never relinquished the lead. With the score 57-55, Herrin scored seven consecutive points to give ENMU its biggest lead to that point at 64-55 with nine minutes to go.

Clark’s 3-pointer with four minutes to play extended the margin to 71-60, but the Zias then went more than two minutes without scoring. Kingsville closed to 71-66, but Tate hit a pair of free throws with 1:33 to go and the Zias converted six more free throws the rest of the way.

Inekka Stevenson and Amanda Haven scored 16 points each for the Javelinas. Stevenson also had team highs of eight rebounds and six assists.