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Armijo scores 21 as Cowgirls win

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By Dave Kavanaugh

Jessica Armijo scored 12 of her game-high 21 points in the second half Monday night as New Mexico Highlands tripped up visiting Oklahoma Panhandle State 67-55.

The Cowgirls’ 5-2 start is their best in four years, according to NMHU’s sports information office. The team hosts intrastate rival Eastern New Mexico on Thursday night at the Wilson Complex, continuing a three-night homestand and  a detour from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference schedule.

Armijo’s night was one for her own personal highlight reel. She shot eight of 15 from the floor, including five three-pointers in eight attempts, in tallying 21 points. And she grabbed a team-high nine rebounds to go with three assists and a steal.

Armijo is averaging 18 points and 5.7 rebounds a game.

Ashley Logan was Highlands’ go-to player early on. Logan scored 13 of her 14 points in the first half as the Cowgirls opened a 39-23 spread by halftime. The play of Armijo and Logan, along with a spark off the bench by Ashley Godfrey, helped NMHU offset an otherwise poor shooting performance. Logan was six for nine and Godfrey two of four; they and Armijo were a combined 16 for 28. The rest of the lineup went four for 26, dipping the overall field-goal accuracy to 37 percent.

OPSU led only once — on Callie Schafer’s basket to start the evening’s scoring. Oliana Seanoa answered with a three-point basket, and the Cowgirls did not relinquish the lead after that.

A drive to the basket by Armijo gave Highlands its first double-digit lead at 21-11 with 12:08 left in the first half.

Cassie Wood helped the Aggies get within three points at 22-19 with 8:28 left in the half, but Highlands revived its offense with a 20-2 run over the next seven minutes. Godfrey’s layup made it 42-21 with 1:14 to go before halftime, and it was 42-23 at the break.

The Aggies hacked away at the lead, and a pair of free throws by Kariz Bioni made it 60-55 with 2:19 remaining.

Whitley Coca made four of six foul shots down the stretch to save the win.