Miners snap Zias’ winning streak

Freedom New Mexico

EL PASO, Texas — Texas-El Paso scored the first eight points and never looked back Monday night, overwhelming Eastern New Mexico University 87-44 in women’s basketball.

The Division I Miners (4-3) proved too tough on the defensive end for the Zias (5-2), who had scored 91 or more points four times this season. ENMU saw its five-game winning streak come to an end.

UTEP shot 58 percent in the first half in opening a 49-15 lead, and finished the game at 53 percent from the field. Sophomore guard Brittnay Jones shot 9-of-12 from the field and posted a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Miners.

Marta Micula, a 6-foot-2 junior forward from Poland, also had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman guard Briana Green added 15 points for UTEP, while junior guard Jareica Hughes came off the bench to score 11 points.

ENMU got 10 points each from sophomores Cat Clay and Til-Lois Fifer, while freshman post Kara Bible grabbed 10 rebounds.

Poland native Sviatlana Trukshanina scored 14 seconds into the game for UTEP, then followed it up with a 3-pointer. The Zias didn’t get on the board until the 17:06 mark when sophomore guard Samantha Matta got inside for a layup.

UTEP went on an 11-0 run capped by Channing Hillman’s 3-pointer for a 21-4 lead just over eight minutes into the contest. ENMU had only two field goals until Fifer nailed a 3-pointer with 7:11 left in the half, and the Zias finished the opening 20 minutes 5-for-32 from the floor.

The Zias, 1-for-11 from 3-point range in the first half, went 5-for-11 from long distance in the final 20 minutes but were never able to get the margin under 30 points.

ENMU begins Lone Star Conference crossover play against North Division foes later this week, taking on Northeastern State at 6 p.m. Thursday and Central Oklahoma at 2 p.m. Saturday at Greyhound Arena.