Second-half run carries Zias to win

CNJ staff

COMMERCE, Texas — Seven players contributed to a 19-0 run early in the second half and Eastern New Mexico University’s women pulled away for a 69-52 Lone Star Conference victory over Texas A&M-Commerce on Saturday night.

ENMU (4-9, 2-5 LSC) took the lead for good late in the first half and led 31-28 at the break after 10 ties and 10 lead changes. A basket by sophomore guard Danielle Dixon on the Lions’ first possession when play resumed made it a one-point game, but senior forward Precious Herrin countered on the Zias’ ensuing trip and they were off to the races.

ENMU got 3-pointers from junior guard Hannah Altheide and senior guard Lace Clark, the latter capping the run with 13:18 to go. Commerce (1-11, 0-6), which lost its eighth in a row, never got closer than 15 the rest of the way.

Herrin and senior guard Kiara Tate each finished with 17 points for the Zias. Dixon, held scoreless in the first half, led four Lions in double figures with 14 points on 5-of-21 shooting, while sophomore forward Breanna Harris posted a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds.

Although the Lions led several times in the opening half, their biggest margin was only two points. ENMU went on a 7-0 run for a 13-8 lead, but Commerce answered with the next seven points to retake the lead.

Two free throws by freshman Reavis Best put the Zias up for good 27-26 with 1:19 left.

Both teams shot under 40 percent, but the Zias went 5-of-13 from 3-point range and 18-of-23 from the foul line, while the Lions were 4-of-22 and 10-of-19, respectively.