UTEP tops Zias

Freedom Newspapers

EL PASO, Texas — Texas-El Paso relied on 46 points from its bench to defeat Eastern New Mexico University 91-72 on Sunday in a women’s exhibition basketball matchup.

The Miners led 37-32 late in the first half, but went on an 8-3 run to begin the second half for a 13-point advantage and maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way.

Junior post Tiana Bryant scored 20 points for the Zias while sophomore guard Heather Brown scored 11. Also, senior forward Mika Robertson added 10 points with team highs of six rebounds and eight assists, and junior forward Tia Doss tallied 10 points.

The Zias, who open their regular season Monday at home against Fort Lewis, shot 50 percent for the game, including 7-of-12 from 3-point range.

UTEP finished at 66 percent (35-of-66) and knocked down 9-of-16 from long range. Erica Yancey came off the bench to lead five Miners in double figures with 15 points.