Zias lose first of two in Alaska

CNJ STAFF

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Poor shooting in the second half led to the Eastern New Mexico Zias falling 64-59 to Alaska Anchorage on Monday night.

The Zias (6-3) held a 32-31 lead at the half, but shot 8-of-26 in the second and let the lead slip away.

Center Rebecca Kielpinski scored a game-high 26 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for the Seawolves (6-2). Anchorage forward Kelsey Larsen also recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 boards.

ENMU center Tiana Bryant had 22 points and was 7-of-13 from the field. Bryant was the only Zia who shot better than 50 percent other than Brittney Gillespie who was 1-of-1.

The Zias led as late as 52-51 but Kielpinski scored eight points in the final three minutes as Anchorage pulled away.
The Seawolves held the advantage in rebounds (39-29), assists (19-9), and blocks (7-1).

ENMU wasted a great night at the free-throw line, going 19-of-22 in the game.

The Zias face Anchorage again at 7:30 (MST) tonight in Alaska.

Alaska Anchorage 64, ENMU 59

ENMU (6-3) — Ashley Sutton 0-3 0-0 0, Brittney Gillespie 1-1 1-1 3, Tiana Bryant 7-13 6-7 22, Erika Cook 2-7 0-0 11, Heather Brown 2-7 0-0 4, Rosalyn Elliott 0-1 0-0 0, Megan Ratliff 2-6 1-2 5, Laura Vote 2-3 0-0 6, Lindsey Wood 1-6 2-2 4, Missy Kirkland 1-4 2-3 4. Totals 18-51 19-22 59.

Anchorage (6-2) — Kelsey Larsen 4-13 4-6 13, Rebecca Kielpinski 12-19 2-3 26, Tristan Burnett 4-11 -0 9, Mari Riser 0-5 1-2 1, Limor Pelleg 3-4 0-0 7, Kim Brady 1-4 2-2 5, Sarah Jones 1-1 1-1 3, April Olson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-58 10-14 64.

Halftime — ENMU 32, Anchorage 33. 3-pointers — ENMU 4-14 (Sutton 0-2, Bryant 2-3, Cook 0-3, Brown 0-1, Vote 2-2, Wood 0-2, Kirkland 0-1), Anchorage 4-16 (Larsen 1-5, Burnett 1-5, Riser 0-2, Pelleg 1-2, Brady 1-2). Rebounds — ENMU 29 (Bryant 5, Ratliff 5), Anchorage 39 (Kielpinski 10, Larsen 10). Assists — ENMU 9 (Brown 3), Anchorage 19 (Pelleg). Team fouls — ENMU 14, Anchorage 18. A — 360.