Zias blow away Lady Mustangs

CNJ staff

PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team dominated University of the Southwest on Tuesday, and it was certainly a team effort.

Junior forward Tori Tucker posted her first double-double with 12 points and 17 rebounds and sophomore guard Jaylyn Cooper also had 12 points, a season high, as the Zias crushed the Lady Mustangs 75-36 at Greyhound Arena.

All 10 players who saw action scored for ENMU (2-5), with five of them finishing with eight points — including four off the bench.

ENMU media relations: Joshua Lucero ENMU junior Tori Tucker looks to push the ball ahead on a fast break during the Zias’ 75-36 blowout of University of the Southwest on Tuesday night at Greyhound Arena. Tucker finished with 12 points and a season-best 17 rebounds.

ENMU media relations: Joshua Lucero
ENMU junior Tori Tucker looks to push the ball ahead on a fast break during the Zias’ 75-36 blowout of University of the Southwest on Tuesday night at Greyhound Arena. Tucker finished with 12 points and a season-best 17 rebounds.

The win was the second in a row for the Zias — both at home — and was the program’s largest margin of victory since a 49-point win over Interamerican-San German in the 2008-09 season. They held USW, an NAIA school playing the game as an exhibition, to eight first-half points, the fewest a Zias team has allowed since at least the 1999-2000 campaign.

Sophomore forward Nelsha Peterson added 13 rebounds as the Zias dominated the boards 69-39, also their highest rebound total this century.

ENMU scored the game’s first 14 points and held the Lady Mustangs to just 2-of-27 shooting in the opening half, including 1-of-18 from 3-point range.

Sophomore Jordyn Cooper broke the scoring ice with a 3-pointer nearly 2 1/2 minutes into the game. The Zias held USW scoreless for nearly 10 minutes before Anika Hostos converted a pair of free throws.

Hostos added a 3-pointer at the 8:57 mark to make it 21-5. After two free throws by ENMU’s Lakeeyscia Griffin on the next trip down, the teams went scoreless for nearly three minutes before USW’s Anitria Flowers got a basket at the six-minute mark.

ENMU’s final game before the holiday break will be a 6 p.m. (MST) tipoff at Wayland Baptist on Dec. 13.