Zias, Hounds stumble in crossover games

Freedom Newspapers

WEATHERFORD, Okla. — Based on records, it may have looked like the teams switched uniforms.

Southwestern Oklahoma jumped out to an early lead and the Bulldogs rolled to their first win in seven outings this season, a 61-43 rout of Eastern New Mexico University on Thursday night in a Lone Star Conference men’s crossover game.

Southwestern has had ENMU’s number of late, having won the last four meetings against the Greyhounds (3-2).

The Bulldogs opened a 32-18 halftime lead and were never seriously challenged by the Hounds, whose only previous loss was a 90-85 verdict to perennial Division II power Washburn on a neutral court.

In this game, the Hounds were never able to get anything going. They shot only 36 percent for the game, in7cluding 32 percent in the first half (7-of-22) which ended with the Bulldogs in front 32-18.

Southwestern shot 56 percent for the game on 24-of-43, including 6-of-13 from 3-point range.

Junior guard Reggie Gunn led the Bulldogs with 15 points while senior forward Jon Gunn — Reggie’s cousin and senior guard Lonnie Cooks added 12 points apiece.

Freshman guard Joshua Jackson was ENMU’s lone double-figure scorer, hitting 3-of-6 from 3-point range and finishing with 11 points while playing just 16 minutes.

Zias blown out
WEATHERFORD, Okla. — The fast start came to an abrupt end Thursday night for the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team.

The Zias shot only 25 percent, including 5-of-27 from 3-point range, and absorbed a 73-46 shellacking at the hands of Southwestern Oklahoma in a Lone Star Conference women’s crossover game.

Senior forward Julie Dawson went 7-for-9 from the field and posted a double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Lady Bulldogs (3-4), who snapped a four-game losing streak. Junior post Andrea Oldham added 15 points and sophomore guard Niki Sloan scored 12.

ENMU (4-1), which came in with an average winning margin of 24 points this season, tied the game 3-3 on a 3-pointer by sophomore guard Erika Cook, then fell behind 10-3 and rallied to pull even on consecutive baskets by Elizabeth Richards and Lindsey Wood.

Southwestern then went on a 13-0 run, with Dawson scoring the final seven points in that stretch, and the lead stayed in double figures the rest of the way.

The Zias were 7-of-36 from the floor in the first half, which ended with Southwestern in front 36-20.

The margin stayed between 15 and 20 points more of the second half. The final margin was the largest of the game, coming on a 3-pointer by reserve guard Chelsea Jackson with 14 seconds left.

Southwestern shot 46 percent and dominated the boards 35-20. Senior post Tiana Bryant led the Zias with 14 polints and eight rebounds, and senior post Riikka Lehtonen added 10 points.