Zias get 20 from Brown, win second straight

Freedom Newspapers

WEATHERFORD, Okla. — Freshman guard Heather Brown hit five 3-pointers and scored 20 points and junior forward Elizabeth Richards added 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead Eastern New Mexico University past Southwestern Oklahoma 81-70 Saturday in a Lone Star Conference women’s crossover game.
ENMU (6-7) took the lead on a layup by senior Jereena Bosket off the opening tip and stayed in front the rest of the way. Bosket finished with 12 points for the Zias, who shot 61 percent from the floor (33-of-54) and went 10-for-17 from 3-point distance while winning their second straight game.
The Zias dominated early, building a 30-11 lead with eight minutes left in the half and carrying that same margin (45-26) into halftime.
The Lady Bulldogs (5-6) fell behind by 21 early in the second half before closing to 58-49 with 11 1/2 minutes to go after going on an 18-6 run.
Two free throws by Bethanie Bentz with 6:03 to play pulled SWOSU to 71-64. The Lady Bulldogs got as close as five twice, the latter at 75-70 with 3:46 to go, but failed to score the rest of the way.
Junior Loren Scarlett’s 3-pointer with 3:06 left gave the Zias some breathing room, and Scarlett’s free throw and Kristi McGuire’s layup in the final minute closed out the scoring.
Kayla Horn led SWOSU with 23 points, hitting 10-of-15 shots from the field. Bentz finished with 17 points, and Paige Adams scored 11.

Hound streak snapped at 10
WEATHERFORD, Okla. — Cer Edwards’ 3-pointer with four seconds left on Saturday lifted Southwestern Oklahoma past Eastern New Mexico University 51-49 in a Lone Star Conference men’s crossover game.
Edwards’ 3-pointer was the Bulldogs’ only field goal in the final six minutes. SWOSU (10-4) dominated early, fell behind by nine points with 15 minutes left before mounting a comeback while handing Eastern its first loss in crossover play.
Lee J. Kirkpatrick went 8-for-9 off the bench to lead all scorers with 16 points for SWOSU. Jamaal Shell and reserve Marcel Justin added 11 points each for the Bulldogs.
Junior forward Jamaal Hunnicutt was the only player in double figures for ENMU (10-4), scoring 14 points. The loss snapped the Greyhounds’ eight-game winning streak.
Southwestern held the Hounds scoreless for the first four minutes and opened a 6-0 lead, but ENMU mounted a 12-1 run and took a 15-12 lead with 6:50 left in the half after Travazz Buckley and Brent Cooper converted consecutive steals into layups.
SWOSU countered with an 11-2 run, but Hunnicutt’s 3-point play and a 3-pointer by junior Edmound Elzy in the final minute left the teams tied 23-23 at halftime.
Eastern outscored the Bulldogs 13-2 to open its nine-point cushion (36-27) with 15 minutes left, but the Hounds made only five field goals the rest of the half.
Elzy’s 3-pointer pulled ENMU to 48-47 with 4:46 left, and Hunnicutt’s rebound basket gave the Hounds the lead with 2:32 left. The teams then combined for nine empty possessions before Edwards’ game-winner.
For the game, the Hounds shot 39 percent from the field, were outrebounded 33-28 and made only 5-of-13 free throws.