Zias hope to string two wins together hosting Highlands

By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico

There’s nothing like a win to get a team feeling better about itself.

Eastern New Mexico University’s women snapped a four-game slide with a 58-52 Lone Star Conference crossover win on Sunday at Ada, Okla., and now will try to build on it in a 6 p.m. contest against New Mexico Highlands today at Greyhound Arena.

Sophomore point guard Tori Northcutt, who had 10 assists against the Lady Tigers, said it made for a nicer ride home Sunday, if nothing else.

“We were a little disappointed in our loss on Saturday (84-61 at Southeastern Oklahoma),” Northcutt said. “But we all wanted it really bad, and we were happy to come out with a win.”

The Zias (6-5) will now take on a struggling Highlands squad. The Cowgirls (0-7), who lost to the Zias 98-84 earlier in Las Vegas, N.M., have dropped 17 in a row dating to a Rocky Mountain Conference win at home over Adams State in January.

Zias coach Linden Weese said he expects the Cowgirls to have a couple of players back that missed the first meeting with injuries.

“It’s going to be a different look for us,” he said. “Obviously, I think both teams will be playing better than they were then. We’ll have to be ready to go.”