Lady Chaps thump Zias

CNJ staff

PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University junior forward Jasmine Johnson had a career night, but there was nothing she or any of her Zias teammates could do to slow down Lubbock Christian.

CNJ staff photo: Eric Norwood Jr. ENMU freshman guard and Melrose High grad Cara Barnard drives to the basket during Monday’s game against Lubbock Christian at Greyhound Arena. LCU handed the Zias an 84-52 setback.

CNJ staff photo: Eric Norwood Jr.
ENMU freshman guard and Melrose High grad Cara Barnard drives to the basket during Monday’s game against Lubbock Christian at Greyhound Arena. LCU handed the Zias an 84-52 setback.

Johnson posted career highs of 30 points and 11 rebounds Monday night, but the Lady Chaps cruised an 84-52 win to extend their winning streak to 10 games.

Johnson’s scoring output was the most for a Zias player since Kiara Tate and Precious Herrin each had a 40-point outing during the 2011-12 season.

Three players scored in double figures for the Lady Chaps (12-1), and it was almost seven as four others finished with nine points. Junior guard Kelsey Hoppel had three 3-pointers and 15 points, while junior guard Haley Burton added 14 and junior guard Haley Fowler chipped in 10 points and a game-high six assists — LCU had 26 assists on 33 field goals — off the bench.

Point guard Lakeeyscia Griffin scored on ENMU’s first possession, but the Lady Chaps promptly took the lead for good on a 3-pointer by Kaycie Boyles and quickly seized control. They had runs of 10-0, 16-0 and 9-0 in rolling to a 45-17 halftime lead.

The Zias (2-7) came back early in the second half, pulling within 23 points twice, and generally played LCU evenly throughout the period — in large part by converting 13-of-13 free throw opportunities.

The Lady Chaps held ENMU under 30 percent from the field in each half. The Zias shot 26 percent for the game (18-of-69) and were able to convert just 1-of-16 from 3-point range.

ENMU had a 16-8 edge in offensive rebounds and converted those opportunities into 16 points.

Sophomore forward Nelsha Peterson added nine points off the bench, but was the only other ENMU player with more than four points.

The Zias begin Lone Star Conference play in a 5:30 p.m. clash against Cameron (8-2) on Wednesday at Greyhound Arena.