Zias put up points in Puerto Rico

Freedom New Mexico

BAYAMON, P.R. — Sophomore forward Cat Clay scored a game-high 15 points to lead the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team to a 91-52 victory over American University-Bayamon Monday afternoon.

The win is the fourth-consecutive win for the Zias (4-1) and third 90-plus-point outing during the streak.

Eastern charged to a 43-17 halftime lead and held the Pirates to 18.9 percent shooting.

Karen Grant and Alex Ortiz each scored 11 points, while Ortiz also dished out four assists and grabbed four steals. Samantha Matta chipped in 10 points and three steals while Clovis junior Vanessa O’Neal added 12 points, seven boards and three steals. Tori Northcutt dished out five assists and had two steals.

American University got 14 points apiece from Miosotos Rios and Herminia Colon.

The Zias conclude their Puerto Rico trip Wednesday with a game against Inter-American University-San German.

Sunday
Zias 98, AU-B 55

On Sunday, the Zias beat Bayamon 98-55 as sophomore guard Matta led five ENMU players in double figures with 15 points. Matta also had six rebounds, four assists and four steals.

The Zias hit 98 points for the second time this season, outscoring the Pirates 55-26 in the second half. ENMU shot 54 percent from the field (39-of-72) and outrebounded Bayamon 60-33.

Ortiz finished with 13 points, Clay had 12 points and six rebounds and sophomore forward Til-Lois Fifer and freshman guard Lace Clark scored 10 points apiece. Clark also had seven assists.

Northcutt collected seven points, eight rebounds and a career-best 14 assists for the Zias. Rios led Bayamon with 17 points and Colon
added 11.

Monday

ENMU 91, AU-Bayamon 51

ENMU (4-1) — Cat Clay 5-8 2-2 15, Vanessa O’Neal 4-5 4-6 12, Alex Ortiz 4-7 0-0 11, Karen Grant 4-7 1-2 11, Samantha Matt 4-8 0-0 10, Til-Lois Fifer 3-6 3-4 9, Kassie Daugherty 4-7 0-0 8, Kara Bible 2-4 3-6 7, Lace Clar 2-6 0-0 4, Celeste Belizario 1-3 0-0 2, Tori Northcutt 0-1 2-2 2, Chelsee Nichols 0-1 0-0 2, Totals 33-63 15-22 91.
AU-Bayamon — Miosotis Rios 4-23 5-8 14, Herminia Colon 4-17 4-11 14, Dachiria Rosello 2-4 2-2 6, Dymarie Valentin 0-2 4-6 4, Yadira iaz 1-4 2-3 4, Melissa Reyes 1-6 0-0 3, Jailme Cortijo 1-1 1-2 3, Neisha Figueroa 1-7 1-1 3, Belmary Rosado 0-0 1-2 1, Totals 14-74 20-35 51.
Halftime — Eastern New Mexico 43, American University-Bayamon 17. 3-pointers — Eastern New Mexico 10-22 (Ortiz 3-4, Clay 3-6, Matta 2-5, Grant 2-3, Nichols 0-1, Northcutt 0-1, Clark 0-2), American University-Bayamon 4-18 (Colon 2-8, Rios 1-5, Reyes 1-3, Diaz 0-1, Cortijo 0-1). Rebounds — Eastern New Mexico 56 (O’Neal 7), American University-Bayamon 33 (Cortijo 13). Assists — Eastern New Mexico 24 (Northcutt, Grant 5), American University-Bayamon 7 (Colon, Figueroa 2). Total fouls — Eastern New Mexico 27, American University-Bayamon 22. Fouled out — Fifer. A — 25.

Sunday

ENMU 98, AU-Bayamon 55

ENMU (3-1) — Cat Clay 6-13 0-2 12, Lace Clark 4-7 0-0 10, Kara Bible 2-5 1-2 5, Samantha Matta 6-12 0-0 15, Tori Northcutt 2-3 3-3 7, Vanessa O’Neal 1-2 0-2 2, Alex Ortiz 5-8 0-0 13, Chelsee Nichols 1-2 1-1 4, Karen Grant 2-5 1-2 6, Til-Lois Fifer 5-7 0-2 10, Celeste Belizario 2-4 3-5 7, Kassie Daugherty 3-4 1-4 7. Totals 39-72 10-23 98.
American University-Bayamon — Jailme Cortijo 2-4 1-5 5, Miosotis Rios 6-11 3-6 17, Dachiria Rosello 1-9 3-6 6, Herminia Colon 3-13 5-10 11, Neisha Figueroa 2-9 4-4 9, Dymarie Valentin 0-2 0-0 0, Melissa Reyes 0-3 0-0 0, Yaralith Brazo 0-0 0-0 0, Nanotchka Sotomayor 0-2 0-0 0, Sarah Cedeno 0-2 0-0 0, Yadira Diaz 1-4 0-2 2, Yareida Criz 0-0 0-0 0, Belmary Rosado 2-2 1-2 5. Totals 17-61 17-35 55.
Halftime — Eastern New Mexico 43, American University-Bayamon 29. 3-pointers — Eastern New Mexico 10-31 (Ortiz 3-6, Matta 3-7, Clark 2-4, Nichols 1-2, Grant 1-3, Belizario 0-1, Northcutt 0-1, Clay 0-7), American University-Bayamon 4-16 (Rios 2-2, Figueroa 1-3, Rosello 1-4, Sotomayor 0-1, Reyes 0-2, Colon 0-4). Rebounds — Eastern New Mexico 60 (Belizario, Northcutt 8), American University-Bayamon 33 (Cortijo 10). Assists — Eastern New Mexico 31 (Northcutt 14), American University-Bayamon 12 (Diaz, Rosello 4). Total fouls — Eastern New Mexico 24, American University-Bayamon 23. Fouled out — none. A — 25.