Zias whip Midwestern behind Brown, Bryant

PNT Staff

WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Sophomore guard Heather Brown tied her career high with 25 points and junior post Tiana Bryant added a double-double Saturday night to lift Eastern New Mexico University’s women past Midwestern State 80-73 in a Lone Star Conference South Division game.
The Zias (11-14, 5-7 South) moved ahead of the Lady Indians (9-16, 4-8) for fifth place in the division standings, beating them for the second time this season.
Brown converted 9-of-12 field goal attempts, including 5-of-8 from 3-point range, while playing 39 minutes. She also scored 25 points last year in a win over Midwestern.
Bryant finished with 19 points on 7-for-11 shooting and also paced ENMU’s 42-30 rebounding margin with 10 caroms, while senior Mika Robertson added 13 points.
Top scorers for MSU were Katherine Maples with 16 points and Kelly Cleavinger with 13. Maples collected a team-high seven rebounds.
In addition to controlling the boards, the Zias won the game with the help of 50 percent field goal shooting (25-of-50) and 22-of-28 from the free throw line.
Midwestern shot 39 percent from the floor and converted 13-of-19 free throws.

Lone Star Conference South
ENMU 80, Midwestern State 73
Eastern New Mexico (11-14, 5-7) —
Riikka Lehtonen 2-5 4-4 8, Heather Brown 9-12 2-3 25, Erika Cook 1-6 1-2 3, Mika Robertson 3-8 6-7 13, Tiana Bryant 7-11 4-4 19, Tia Doss 1-4 3-4 5, Kelsie Hawkins 0-0 0-0 0, Casey Rodriguez 1-2 0-0 3, Ashley Davidson 0-0 0-0 0, Loren Scarlett 1-2 2-4 4. Totals 25-50 22-28 80.
Midwestern State (9-16, 4-8) — LaTia Banks 2-8 0-0 5, Nicole Brantley 3-9 0-0 9, Stacey Staton 2-5 4-4 8, Adrian Fincher 3-8 3-5 9, Kathjerine Maples 7-14 2-3 16, Kelly Cleavinger 5-9 2-5 13, Katie Robertson 1-3 0-0 3, Angie Faurot 2-8 2-2 8, Mahagony Brown 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 26-66 13-19 73.
Halftime — Eastern New Mexico 40, Midwestern State 36. 3-pointers — Eastern New Mexico 8-22 (H. Brown 5-8, Rodriguez 1-1, Bryant 1-2, M. Robertson 1-6, Cook 0-5), Midwestern State 8-22 (Brantley 3-9, Faurot 2-5, K. Robertson 1-1, Banks 1-3, Cleavinger 1-3, Staten 0-1). Rebounds — Eastern New Mexico 42 (Bryant 10), Midwestern State 30 (Maples 7). Assists — Eastern New Mexico 13 (M. Robertson 3), Midwestern State 18 (Fincher 5). Total fouls — Eastern New Mexico 20, Midwestern State 20. Fouled out — none. A — 1,100.