Cowgirls pluck Eagles

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By The Staff

In its final tuneup before opening the regular season the NMHU Cowgirl basketball team bullied NAIA opponent Northern New Mexico College 123-51 on Saturday in Española.

“Our girls are making huge strides towards our goal this season,” said NMHU coach Tiffany Darling in a news release. “They are playing harder and harder with each passing day. I am so proud of what they have accomplished in one year. We are ready to start the regular season and start turning some heads.”

Six Cowgirls finished in double figures as the team posted its highest point total since Darling took the helm last season. Leading the Cowgirls was freshman Whitney Polosky with 24 points, nine steals, and eight rebounds. Polosky’s 24 points and nine steals led all players. She was 14 of 19 from the floor.

Other notables for the Cowgirls: Oliana Seanoa and former Robertson star Jessica Armijo. Seanoa scored 19 points to go with two assists, one block and one steal. Armijo finished with 11 points, led the Cowgirls in assists with four and added in four steals.

Highlands recently stunned NCAA Division I foe Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, Ariz., for another preseason exhibition.

The Cowgirls hope to keep their streak going when they visit the Eastern New Mexico University Zias tonight in Portales. Tipoff is set for 6.

Note: The Highlands men open their regular season Tuesday night when West Texas A&M comes to town. Tipoff is 7 p.m. at the Wilson Complex. NMHU is favored to win the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, according to a preseason coaches’ poll.