Freedom New Mexico
SAN ANTONIO — Incarnate Word’s women managed only one lead Monday night — but it came at just the right time.
Junior forward Chloe Wallace converted two free throws with 34 seconds left and the Cardinals held on to edge Eastern New Mexico University 58-57 in a Lone Star Conference South Division matchup.
The Zias (4-20, 2-10 South) scored the game’s first five points and led until junior forward Amy Wilson’s 3-pointer tied it 52-52 with 5:39 left.
Neither team scored for more than two minutes until Precious Herrin, who finished with a game-high 19 points for the Zias, converted a three-point play with 2:54 to go. She added two more free throws at the 2:14 mark for a 57-54 lead, but the Zias missed their final five shots from the field.
Freshman Mora Ifunanya’s basket cut it to 57-56 with 34 seconds left. She was fouled on the play and missed the free throw, but Wallace grabbed the rebound and was fouled by ENMU senior Kara Bible, converting the go-ahead shots.
Senior Cat Clay added 18 points for the Zias, including 4-of-8 from 3-point range, to go with a team-high eight rebounds. Ifunanya had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Cardinals (8-16, 4-8), while freshman guard Katie Dugie came off the bench go to 3-for-3 from 3-point distance and finish with 10 points.
ENMU used a 12-0 run, capped by 3-pointers from Bible and Lace Clark, to open a 28-11 lead with 5 1/2 minutes to go in the half. UIW pulled to 33-25 at the break on Katy Cooke’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer.
The Zias were shooting better than 50 percent from the field well into the second half, but made just three of their final 16 shots to finish at 41 percent for the game. The Cardinals won despite shooting just 34 percent (20-of-59).
ENMU closes out its season with South games at Texas A&M-Kingsville on Wednesday and at home against West Texas A&M on Saturday.