Zias fall to Northeastern State

CNJ staff

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Northeastern State used a 14-0 run midway through the second half Saturday to pull away for a 80-60 Lone Star Conference women’s crossover victory over Eastern New Mexico University.

Junior forward Jasmine Webb led three RiverHawks players in double figures with 15 points, hitting 6-of-8 shots from the field. She went 3-of-4 from 3-point range for Northeastern State (11-4), which shot 55 percent from the floor overall (31-of-56) and 12-of-21 from beyond the arc.

Junior guard Tori Northcutt finished with 12 points and five assists for the Zias (5-10), who lost their fourth game in a row. Junior forward Cat Clay added 11 points and junior forward Til-Lois Fifer finished with 10.

ENMU exchanged the lead with the RiverHawks through the first four minutes, but Northeastern went in front for good at 7-6 on a jumper by Megan Fraley at the 15:36 mark.

The Zias were within 20-15 after two free throws by Fifer with 9:50 left in the half, but Webb’s 3-pointer put Northeastern in front by double figures for the first time at 29-19. The RiverHawks led 38-29 at the intermission.

The teams traded points for the first 5 1/2 minutes of the second half. ENMU pulled to 48-40 on two free throws by Fifer with 14:35 left before Wright’s jumper and a 3-pointer by Sarah Green started Northeastern’s game-breaking run.

Reserve Tosha Tyler added a 3-pointer to finish the run and give the RiverHawks a 62-40 margin with 10 minutes left. Northeastern’s biggest lead was 74-48 with under six minutes to go.

The RiverHawks, who allow an average of under 55 points a game, limited the Zias to 37 percent floor shooting on 19-of-51.

Fraley and reserve Jasmine Wright each added 10 points for Northeastern State.