Lady Bulldogs deal Zias first loss of season

CNJ staff

WEATHERFORD, Okla. — The fast start came to an abrupt end Thursday night for the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team.

The Zias shot only 25 percent, including 5-of-27 from 3-point range, and absorbed a 73-46 shellacking at the hands of Southwestern Oklahoma in a Lone Star Conference women’s crossover game.

Senior forward Julie Dawson went 7-for-9 from the field and posted a double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Lady Bulldogs (3-4), who snapped a four-game losing streak. Junior post Andrea Oldham added 15 points and sophomore guard Niki Sloan scored 12.

ENMU (4-1), which came in with an average winning margin of 24 points this season, tied the game 3-3 on a 3-pointer by sophomore guard Erika Cook, then fell behind 10-3 and rallied to pull even on consecutive baskets by Elizabeth Richards and Lindsey Wood.

Southwestern then went on a 13-0 run, with Dawson scoring the final seven points in that stretch, and the lead stayed in double figures the rest of the way.

The Zias were 7-of-36 from the floor in the first half, which ended with Southwestern in front 36-20.

The margin stayed between 15 and 20 points more of the second half. The final margin was the largest of the game, coming on a 3-pointer by reserve guard Chelsea Jackson with 14 seconds left.

Southwestern shot 46 percent and dominated the boards 35-20. Senior post Tiana Bryant led the Zias with 14 polints and eight rebounds, and senior post Riikka Lehtonen added 10 points.

SW Oklahoma 73, ENMU 46
Eastern New Mexico (4-1) —
Erika Cook 1-11 0-0 3, Elizabeth Richards 1-3 0-0 2, Tiana Bryant 6-15 0-0 14, Heather Brown 1-8 0-0 3, Riikka Lehtonen 3-7 3-3 10, Rosalyn Elliott 0-1 0-0 0, Megan Ratliff 0-0 0-0 0, Laura Vote 0-1 0-0 0, Lindsey Wood 1-5 3-4 5, Ashley Sutton 0-4 0-0 0, Brittney Gillespie 1-5 1-2 3, Missy Kirkland 2-4 2-2 6. Totals 16-64 9-11 46.
Southwestern Oklahoma (3-4) — Julie Dawson 7-9 4-5 19, Dru Tomaszewski 0-4 0-0 0, Niki Sloan 5-11 2-2 12, Kayla Horn 3-6 1-2 7, Andrea Oldham 6-18 3-3 15, Jessica Bailey 2-3 0-0 4, Grace Anne Jones 3-8 0-0 7, Stephanie Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Briana Harris 0-0 0-0 0, Chelsea Jackson 1-1 0-0 3, Amber Hammock 3-5 0-0 6. Totals 30-65 10-12 73.
Halftime — Southwestern Oklahoma 36, Eastern New Mexico 20. 3-pointers — Eastern New Mexico 5-27 (Bryant 2-6, Lehtonen 1-1, Brown 1-5, Cook 1-9, Vote 0-1, Wood 0-2, Sutton 0-3), Southwestern Oklahoma 3-12 (Jackson 1-1, G.A. Jones 1-1, Dawson 1-2, Bailey 0-1, Tomaszewski 0-3, Sloan 0-4). Rebounds — Eastern New Mexico 35 (Bryant 8), Southwestern Oklahoma 48 (Dawson 14). Assists — Eastern New Mexico 6 (six tied with 1), Southwestern Oklahoma 15 (Tomaszewski 4). Total fouls — Eastern New Mexico 12, Southwestern Okalhoma 13. Fouled out — none. A — 800.