Richards reaches goals

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ENMU senior Elizabeth Richards dives for the ball against against Texas Woman’s during a game earlier this month at Greyhound Arena. Richards was chosen to the women’s All-LSC South first team, announced Tuesday (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Senior forward Elizabeth Richards said she had two goals […]

Lady Wolverines hold off Clayton for district title

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Texico’s Katlin Luscombe, left, goes up for a shot over Clayton’s Brittany Trujillo during Friday’s District 6-2A girls tournament championship game at Texico. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer TEXICO — Katlin Luscombe reacted on instinct, and as a result the Texico Lady Wolverines will host a first-round Class 2A […]

Richards wins honor

Eastern New Mexico University senior forward Elizabeth Richards was named the Lone Star Conference South Player of the Week Monday. Richards averaged a team- high 27.5 points and 15.5 rebounds in the Zias two games last week, including a 76-63 victory over Texas A&M-Kingsville where she had 26 points and 19 rebounds. For the season […]

Zias’ comeback falls short at Abilene Christian

CNJ staff ABILENE, Texas — Sophomore center Audrey Maxwell scored 23 points and grabbed 16 rebounds and junior forward Alex Guiton added 22 points Thursday night to lift Abilene Christian past Eastern New Mexico University 72-67 in a Lone Star Conference South Division women’s matchup. The Wildcats (11-6, 2-1 South) held on after building an […]

Free throws lift Zias past Lady Aggies

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Eastern New Mexico University’s Elizabeth Richards jumps to block a shot by Oklahoma Panhandle State senior Nina Kuleff during Thursday’s game at Greyhound Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Thanks to solid free throw shooting down the stretch, the Eastern New Mexico University Zias have matched the best […]

No matter who says it, n-word stings

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist The N-word has had few friends better than comedian Paul Mooney. Put aside that the word was long a staple of his act. Put aside the promotional pamphlet he once sent out that screamed the word in big, fat type. Consider instead what he told anyone who argued that blacks […]

Zias notch win over Panhandle in opener

CNJ staff GOODWELL, Okla. — Senior guard Heather Brown kicked off an 8-0 run by hitting a tie-breaking 3-pointer with eight minutes left Saturday night as Eastern New Mexico University’s women defeated Oklahoma Panhandle State 64-57 in their season opener. Brown finished with a team-best 12 points for the Zias, while Elizabeth Richards and Ashley […]

Zias seek healthier year after 2005-06 struggles

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First-year Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach talks to his players during a break in practice at Greyhound Arena. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — A quick glance at the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball roster reveals that the Zias have six seniors returning, including four starters, so […]

SMALL-SCHOOL STATE VOLLEYBALL: Texico matures quickly

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer In 28 years as Texico’s volleyball coach, Mike Littlejohn said his 2006 squad is the youngest and least experienced he’s coached. The Lady Wolverines (19-3) start two freshmen, three juniors and a senior, with only two of the players having varsity experience. So much for the importance of experience. […]

Injured trio back for Zias

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Elizabeth Richards, Riikka Lehtonen and Rochelle Vance have a lot in common — starting with torn ACLs in consecutive games that proved devastating to the 2005-06 Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball season. All had their surgeries on the same day in January at Amarillo, and all […]