Cold-shooting Zias drop third straight

Freedom New Mexico

DENTON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University provided little scoring support for senior Precious Herrin and dropped a 51-44 decision Wednesday to Texas Woman’s.

Herrin matched her season average with 19 points in the Lone Star Conference matchup, but only on other Zia (Kiara Tate, six points off the bench) had more than four points as ENMU (2-6, 1-2 LSC) dropped its third straight game.

Herrin was 7-of-18 from the field and made 5-of-7 free throws.

Brittany Nuzman had three 3-pointers and 13 points for the defending conference champion Pioneers (6-1, 2-1) and Tabbatha Thurmond added 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Neither ENMU (32 percent) nor Texas Woman’s (28 percent) shot well from the field, however the Pioneers made 7-of-26 3-point attempts while the Zias were 0-for-10.

It was the first time in 58 games the Zias failed to convert a 3-pointer.

After a back-and-forth first 30 minutes, Texas Woman’s took the lead for good at 34-31 with a little under nine minutes to go Taylor Swift’s 3-pointer.

ENMU pulled with 40-38 with just under two minutes to go on a pair of Herrin free throws, but Nuzman hit a 3-pointer and Thurmond added two free throws to stretch the Pioneers’ lead back to seven.

Cambria Smith (10 points, six assists) made 6-of-6 free throws in the final 13 seconds to seal the win.

In the first half, Herrin hit the jumper and the subsequent free throw to ignite a 9-2 ENMU run, giving the Zias a 17-15 lead. Lace Clark’s layup with 35 seconds left in the half gave the Zias their largest lead of the game, 23-17.

ENMU led 23-19 at halftime.