Whitney Polosky tallied 20 points and Amanda Beauchamp had 18 on Saturday evening, leading New Mexico Highlands to a 78-72 win over league opponent Western State (Colo.).
That outcome gave Highlands a split of a weekend Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference homestand. Mesa State had won 65-62 on Friday.
NMHU converted on 21 of 24 free throws Saturday and while the Cowgirls hit 43 percent from the floor for the game, they were a healthy 48 percent in the second half.
NMHU improved to 7-8 overall and 2-6 in the RMAC; WSC is 6-10, 4-4.
In addition to Polosky and Beauchamp, Ashley Logan (12 points) and Katlyn Mary (11) scored in double figures. Jessica Armijo had eight points, and Briana Gholston chipped in with six points and five assists.
After trailing most of the game, the Moutaineers surged to seize a 52-42 lead with 13:27 left.
Polosky and Mary hit threes to spark a 15-4 run that returned control, albeit briefly, to NMHU. Highlands didn’t retake the lead for good until the 3:21 mark when Beauchamp swished a three to make it 65-64. Polosky followed with an old-fashioned three-point play.
Beauchamp and Armijo hit foul shots down the stretch to clinch the win.
On Friday, Beauchamp scored 17 and Gholston 10 as the Cowgirls lost to the Lady Mavericks 65-62.
NMHU led by as much as 14 in the first half, but a late barrage of perimeter shots by Mesa (3-9, 2-5) quickly erased the lead. Mesa led 33-30 at halftime.
Gholston had a shot at sending the game into overtime, but her three-point shot was blocked at the buzzer by Alaina Brennan.