Zias win first of Season
Senior Tori Northcutt, said, “No How, No Way, Not Today,” as she asserted her will in the last minutes of a tightly contested game, that went back in forth until the final seconds as the Zias held on to win 100-96, over Oklahoma Panhandle State; The victory was the first for Coach Lindsey Wilson.
Northcutt’s presence was felt in the final minutes as she scored 12 points on 2-of 5 shootings from the field, going 7-of 8 from the free-throw line.
Defensively with the game on the line, Northcutt came up big, with four steals, nine defense rebounds and a key bock shot with 30 seconds left in the game. Northcutt said, “I wanted to get that win. We wanted to stop them from scoring. This is my last chance, and I want to go all out, for the seniors. We want to be the best team in the LCS, and I want us to go to the tournament.”
Senior forward Precious Herrin is making a strong case to become an All-American this year, scored a career-high 34 points as she continues to be unstoppable in the low post. Herrin shot 16-of-22 from the field and had 5 block shots. I was open and my teammates found me,” said Herrin. “It was tough but we played hard.”
OPSU turned the game into a nail biter with a full-court press and a trapping defense, which sometimes saw three defenders on one person, forcing the Zias into 34 turnovers for the game.
The Aggies were led in scoring by Teenie Kent with 23 points and Sophomore Camille Washington with 18. I have to give Eastern a lot of credit.” OPSU coach Brad Vanden Boogaard said. I also want to commend Eastern fans; they made all the difference in this game for knowing when to cheer, very impressive.” The Aggies (0-2) took a 33-23 lead with nine minutes left in the first half with the help of back-to-back 3-pointers.
Senior Hannah Altheide added 14 points and had 9 assist, as the Zias moved to (1-1) on the season. “It wasn’t pretty, but we found a way to win. They did not play a typical style of defense, so we knew we’d get a lot of opportunities to score, Wilson said.
The last time the Zias scored 100 points was a 101-58 win against Cameron University in 1993.
The Zias broke the record for combined points in a game, 107-87 loss to Colorado College on Feb. 1, 1980.
Northcutt is 22 assists short of becoming ENMU’s all-time leader