PORTALES — It’s been a long season and a tough learning process for the freshman-dominated Eastern New Mexico University women’s squad.
Still, the Zias were able to close out their campaign in style Saturday night, getting a career-high 22 points from sophomore forward Megan Kabrick in rolling to a 75-56 Lone Star Conference South Division victory over Midwestern State at Greyhound Arena.
ENMU (5-22, 2-12 South) scored the game’s first eight points, rolled to a 16-2 lead after less than seven minutes and never looked back.
Freshman forward Til-Lois Fifer added 15 points and 10 rebounds, while freshman guard Patricia Malouff contributed 14 points, nine rebounds, five assists and five steals.
For the Mustangs (9-18, 3-11), who dropped their eighth in a row, Tiffany Cook scored 17 points off the bench while Kaylong Hodge added 13 points and 11 rebounds.
The Zias held Midwestern to 29 percent shooting from the field (18-of-62) and forced the Mustangs into 21 turnovers.
Baskets by Kara Bible, Kabrick and Malouff and two free throws by Malouff staked the Zias to their early 8-0 lead. After two free throws by Cook put Midwestern on the board, Kabrick and freshman guard Lacey Acker hit 3-pointers around a basket by Fifer.
Midwestern pulled to 31-27 with an 8-0 run late in the half, but the Zias finished out on an 11-3 spurt for a 12-point lead at the break.
The margin was never under double figures the rest of the way, and ENMU led by 22 points (71-49) after a basket by Malouff with 4:38 remaining.