The New Mexico Highlands Cowgirls ran through the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs Mountain Lions by a final score of 68-59 on Friday in the John A. Wilson Complex in front of a raucous home crowd.
The Cowgirls played behind a great shooting performance by Jessica Armijo, who finished the night with 14 points.
NMHU (4-2, 12 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) takes on non-conference opponent Oklahoma Panhandle State University tonight at home. Tipoff is 7 p.m.
The Cowgirls finished the night shooting 39 percent from the field as a team and 35 percent from beyond the three-point arc. The Cowgirls’ pressure defense held the Mountain Lions to 37 percent from the field and 31 percent from the three point line.
Armijo shot 50 percent from the field, 4 of 8 from the field. Armijo was also 4 of 6 from the free-throw line and 2 of 5 from three-point land. Armijo added six rebounds, two assists and four steals.
Other top performers for the Cowgirls included Whitney Polosky and Ashley Logan. Polosky finished with 10 points, four rebounds and two steals. Logan just missed a double-double as she finished with nine points and nine rebounds.
An Armijo three helped push the Cowgirls to a double-digit lead just before half. But CUCS came back and it was 60-59 with 3:01 left. Then Polosky hit a three to provide breathing room and begin an 8-0 run to close the game.