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WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Freshman forward Cierra Thompson’s layup with 12:01 left broke the game’s final tie and kicked off a 12-0 run that lifted Midwestern State to a 66-58 Lone Star Conference South Division women’s victory over Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday night.
The Mustangs (7-11, 2-2 South) put four players in double figures and got double-doubles from senior center Regianne Araujo (14 points, 10 rebounds) and senior forward Rosy Ofoegbu (10 points, 12 rebounds). Junior guard Katiya Jackson also had 14 points for the Mustangs, while freshman guard Sunny Satery came off the bench for 12 points.
The Zias’ lone double-figure scorer was sophomore forward Til-Lois Fifer, who posted a double-double of her own with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore point guard Tori Northcutt had six assists to go with nine points.
ENMU (9-12, 0-3) struggled most of the night from the field, shooting 34 percent on 21-of-61. Still, the Zias held several leads, including 40-39 and 42-41 early in the second half.
Kara Bible’s basket pulled the Zias even 44-44 with 12:51 left, but Midwestern held them scoreless over the next four-plus minutes in taking a commanding lead.
The Zias rallied back to within four points twice, the latter at 59-55 on a layup by sophomore point guard Tori Northcutt with 3:58 left. Fifer’s 3-pointer at the 2:59 mark then pulled ENMU to 61-58, but the Mustangs blanked the Zias the rest of the way.
Satery’s second 3-pointer of the game, with 1:58 left, opened some breathing room and Jackson added two free throws with 27 seconds to go for the final margin.
ENMU held leads of 7-2 and 10-5 early on 3-pointers by sophomores Cat Clay and Samantha Matta, but the Mustangs went on an 8-0 run capped by Satery’s 3-pointer to take the lead for the first time.
There were several lead changes over the next few minutes, but two free throws by Thompson put the Mustangs in front 27-26 with 3:26 left and started a 10-2 run. The Zias, though, scored the last six points of the half and trailed at that point 35-34.
Mustangs hammer Hounds
Guards Nolan Richardson and Craig Green combined for 43 points and Midwestern State shot 61 percent from the field Saturday night in an 83-44 Lone Star Conference South Division men’s rout of Eastern New Mexico University.
The Mustangs (14-5, 3-1 South), winning for the 11th time in their last 12 games, dominated from the get-go. They hit 9-of-17 shots while holding the Greyhounds (4-14, 0-3) to 37 percent shooting from the field, inclulding 0-of-6 from the free throw line.
Junior guard Aaron King was ENMU’s lone double-figure scorer, finishing with 11 points.
King converted a steal into the game’s first basket in the opening minute, but it was all Mustangs after that.
The Hounds held Midwestern without a field goal for nearly three minutes before Michael Godwin’s dunk put the Mustangs in front 4-2. Dannon Wafer’s layup pulled ENMU to 9-4, but senior Trajainski Grigsby’s 3-pointer capped a 9-0 run that gave Midwestern a 14-point cushion with 11 minutes left in the half.
The lead reached 31-9 with four minutes left in the half before the Hounds put together a bit of a rally, closing to 35-17 at halftime.
ENMU was still within 19 (44-25) after a layup by King nearly four minutes into the second half. Neither team scored for nearly three minutes after that, but the Mustangs went on a 17-1 run for a 60-26 lead with 10 minutes left.
The Hounds had just two field goals in the first 11 minutes of the second half and finished the half 8-of-23 from the field.
Grigsby, who did not start, went 6-for-9 from the floor and had three 3-pointers to finish with 15 points. The Mustangs forced the Hounds into 29 turnovers in the game.
The Hounds, who have not won on the road in nine tries this season, return home for division contests against Texas A&M-Kingsville on Wednesday and Angelo State on Saturday.