Late Mustangs run tops Zias

CNJ staff

WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Freshman forward Cierra Thompson’s layup with 12:01 left broke the game’s final tie and kicked off a 12-0 run that lifted Midwestern State to a 66-58 Lone Star Conference South Division women’s victory over Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday night.

The Mustangs (7-11, 2-2 South) put four players in double figures and got double-doubles from senior center Regianne Araujo (14 points, 10 rebounds) and senior forward Rosy Ofoegbu (10 points, 12 rebounds). Junior guard Katiya Jackson also had 14 points for the Mustangs, while freshman guard Sunny Satery came off the bench for 12 points.

The Zias’ lone double-figure scorer was sophomore forward Til-Lois Fifer, who posted a double-double of her own with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore point guard Tori Northcutt had six assists to go with nine points.

ENMU (9-12, 0-3) struggled most of the night from the field, shooting 34 percent on 21-of-61. Still, the Zias held several leads, including 40-39 and 42-41 early in the second half.

Kara Bible’s basket pulled the Zias even 44-44 with 12:51 left, but Midwestern held them scoreless over the next four-plus minutes in taking a commanding lead.

The Zias rallied back to within four points twice, the latter at 59-55 on a layup by sophomore point guard Tori Northcutt with 3:58 left. Fifer’s 3-pointer at the 2:59 mark then pulled ENMU to 61-58, but the Mustangs blanked the Zias the rest of the way.

Satery’s second 3-pointer of the game, with 1:58 left, opened some breathing room and Jackson added two free throws with 27 seconds to go for the final margin.

ENMU held leads of 7-2 and 10-5 early on 3-pointers by sophomores Cat Clay and Samantha Matta, but the Mustangs went on an 8-0 run capped by Satery’s 3-pointer to take the lead for the first time.

There were several lead changes over the next few minutes, but two free throws by Thompson put the Mustangs in front 27-26 with 3:26 left and started a 10-2 run. The Zias, though, scored the last six points of the half and trailed at that point 35-34.