Rambelle pair sparks win over Zias

CMI staff

SAN ANGELO, Texas — An early lead for Eastern New Mexico University dissipated during the final moments of the half and Angelo State pulled away to notch a 69-44 Lone Star Conference women’s victory over the Zias on Saturday.

The Wall, Texas, tandem of 6-foot-1 junior forward Karli Kellermeier (21) and 5-11 junior forward Hillari Adam (14) combined for 35 points and 12 rebounds — each had six — as the Rambelles (12-9, 6-5 LSC) took command of the game with a 16-1 run that spanned halftime.

The Zias (6-13, 4-6), who lost their fifth in a row, got out of the blocks quickly as Texico sophomore Jordyn Cooper had two 3-pointers and converted all the shots on a 3-shot foul, putting ENMU in front 15-7 with just over six minutes gone.

After a basket by junior guard Lakeeyscia Griffin made it 24-21 with 5:37 left in the half, senior guard Amanda Weaver’s game-tying 3-pointer sparked an 8-0 run and ASU led 29-25 at halftime. The Rambelles opened the second half with the first eight points for a 12-point margin and never looked back.

Melrose freshman Cara Barnard converted a 3-point play with 11;23 left, keeping the Zias within 49-34, but the Rambelles stretched their lead from there, holding the Zias to just five field goals in the remaining time.

Cooper finished with 12 points for ENMU, but no one else scored more than seven. The Zias shot 33 percent on 15-of-46, including 7-of-25 in the first half, and hurt their cause with 25 turnovers.

Weaver finished with five of ASU’s seven 3-pointers and tallied 16 points for the game. Kellermeier went 8-for-9 from the floor as the Rambelles shot 48 percent overall, including 15-of-26 (58 percent) after halftime.

ENMU won the first meeting between the teams, a 74-64 decision at Greyhound Arena on Jan. 18.

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