TexAnns tame Zias

Freedom New Mexico

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Sophomore center JoAnne Jones scored a career-high 19 points Thursday night, leading four Tarleton State players in double figures as the TexAnns pulled away late for a 79-64 Lone Star Conference South Division women’s victory over Eastern New Mexico University.

Juniors D’Anna Dingler (15 points, 10 rebounds) and Krystal Cole (11 points, 11 rebounds) posted double-doubles for the TexAnns (17-9, 8-5 South), who maintained a one-game lead over Texas Woman’s in the battle for the division’s fourth and final berth in the LSC postseason tournament with one game left. The Pioneers (12-14, 7-6) scored a 64-51 win at Midwestern State.

Junior forward Jamie Ansley added 10 points off the bench as Tarleton used 30-for-38 free throw shooting to keep the Zias (4-21, 1-12) at bay.

ENMU got a season-best 16 points from freshman forward Til-Lois Fifer, 12 points and six rebounds from freshman guard Patricia Malouff and 10 points, five rebounds and six assists from freshman guard Tori Northcutt.

The Zias put together an 8-0 run after a game-opening 3-pointer by Dingler. Trailing 11-7, the TexAnns scored eight consecutive points, but the Zias came back to take a pair of leads, the latter at 23-21 on two free throws by Fifer with 7:03 left in the half.

Tarleton held the Zias to one field goal the rest of the half and led 32-27 at the break. ENMU then cut an eight-point deficit to 45-43 with 12:41 left on two free throws by Blythe McPherson.

On Tarleton’s next position, guard Shardae O’Neal was fouled on a 3-point attempt and made all three foul shots. That started a 28-7 run for the TexAnns over the next eight minutes for a 73-50 lead with less than four minutes to go.

The Zias were 17-of-23 from the free throw line and outrebounded the TexAnns 44-41, but they struggled from the field. ENMU shot 39 percent overall and converted only 3-of-16 from 3-point range.

Women
Tarleton State 79, ENMU 64
Eastern New Mexico (4-22, 1-12) — Kara Bible 2-4 1-1 5, Patricia Malouff 4-10 3-4 12, Megan Kabrick 3-5 1-2 8, Stephanie Bailey 1-4 0-0 2, Tori Northcutt 3-12 4-4 10, Vanessa O’Neal 0-0 1-2 1, Blythe McPherson 2-4 3-4 8, Taylor Sauer 1-1 0-0 2, Lacey Acker 0-5 0-0 0, Til-Lois Fifer 6-11 4-6 16. Totals 22-56 17-23 64.
Tarleton State (17-9, 8-5) — Krystal Cole 4-11 3-5 11, D’Anna Dingler 4-10 5-6 15, JoAnne Jones 5-13 9-11 19, Kendal Reddell 1-1 0-0 2, Sonya Sundberg 2-9 4-5 8, Brittany Ramsey 0-1 0-0 0, Stacy Smalley 0-0 0-0 0, Shardae O’Neal 1-3 5-6 8, Jamie Ansley 4-9 2-3 10, Meagan Curtis 1-4 2-2 4, Kelsey Benford 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 23-64 30-38 79.
Halftime — Tarleton State 32, Eastern New Mexico 27. 3-pointers — Eastern New Mexico 3-16 (Kabrick 1-2, Malouff 1-3, McPherson 1-3, Acker 0-4, Northcutt 0-4), Tarleton State 3-7 (Dingler 2-4, S. O’Neal 1-1, Ramsey 0-1, Sundberg 0-1). Rebounds — Eastern New Mexico 44 (Bible 7), Tarleton State 41 (Cole 11). Assists — Eastern New Mexico 14 (Northcutt 6), Tarleton State 11 (Sundberg 7). Total fouls — Eastern New Mexico 25, Tarleton State 18. Fouled out — none. A — 1,109.