Zias hang on for 77-74 win over Cameron

CNJ staff

LAWTON, Okla. — Junior forward Cat Clay scored 22 points and junior forward Til-Lois Fifer hit two free throws with five seconds left, lifting the Eastern New Mexico University women past Cameron 79-74 in a Lone Star Conference crossover game.

The Zias (2-6) went 11-for-24 from 3-point range and 26-of-38 from the free throw line. They led virtually all the way, building a 19-point bulge with just over nine minutes left before holding off a furious rally by the Aggies (3-5).

Clay connected on 5-of-9 from 3-point range. Sophomore guard Lace Clark chipped in four 3-pointers and scored 16 points, while sophomore post Kassie Daugherty contributed 15 points and seven rebounds and sophomore guard Alex Ortiz added 12 points.

Cameron, which went 21-for-23 from the free throw line but just 7-for-27 from behind the arc, got 20 points from junior guard Josie Stewart, 14 points each from junior guard Lyndie NeVille and freshman guard Alexis Williams and 12 points off the bench from junior post Jessica Priest.

The Zias had six 3-pointers in the first nine minutes, three by Clark, to build a 20-14 lead. They then made nine consecutive free throws to stay in front, and a layup by Ortiz as time expired made it 42-29 at halftime.

ENMU maintained a double-figure margin for much of the second half, leading 64-45 on a 3-pointer by Clay with 9:26 left, before the Aggies mounted their comeback.

The Aggies scored the next seven points, but couldn’t get the margin inside double figures until Stewart’s jumper made it 69-60 with 4:49 to go.

Clay then hit two free throws to restore an 11-point margin, and the Zias still led 73-63 with two minutes left.

The Zias scored their final six points from the free throw line, but it wasn’t until Fifer’s free throws in the closing seconds that the issue was settled. Cameron’s Tera Tremayne missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer with 11 seconds left, and Fifer grabbed the rebound and hit her clinching free throws.