Women’s basketball: Nuzum sparks Pioneers

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COMMERCE - Junior guard Britney Nuzum scored a game-high 18 points to lead TWU to a 63-49 victory over Texas A&M-Commerce on Saturday.

Nuzum, who scored 11 points in the second half, led three Pioneers (12-10, 7-9 Lone Star) in double figures for the game. Senior Jessica Hanna scored 11 points while sophomore Tabbatha Thurmond added 10. Hanna and Thurmond recorded a game-high seven rebounds apiece.

Sophomore Crystal Atwood and freshman Toree Mason came off the bench and chipped in with eight points apiece for TWU. Senior Cambria Smith handed out a game-high eight assists.

TWU shot 51.9 percent in the first half and led 30-22 at the break. The Pioneers were up 30-16 with 2:40 to go, but A&M-Commerce went on a 6-0 run.

The Lions carried that momentum into the second half and made it 30-26.

Leading 36-33 with 14:13 left in the game, the Pioneers went on an 11-4 run to push the lead back to double digits. A&M-Commerce chipped away again to make it a six-point game, but that was the closest it would get, as the Pioneers used an 11-0 run to take the game's biggest lead at 61-44.

"We shot the ball well, especially in the first half, but had too many turnovers," TWU head coach Beth Jillson said. "It's a good road win and should give us some momentum going into the two big games next week against Cameron on the road and Midwestern State at home."

The Pioneers will return to action when they travel to Lawton, Okla., to face Cameron at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

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