A scoring drought of nearly seven minutes doomed the New Mexico Highlands Cowgirls Wednesday night in a 79-64 loss at Eastern New Mexico in Portales.
Highlands fell to 1-8; ENMU is 7-5.
The Cowgirls played evenly with the host Zias early on and courtesy of Oliana Seanoa’s jumper, trailed just 27-24 with 3:59 left in the first half. But eight straight missed shots and eight turnovers by NMHU helped Eastern go on a 9-0 run that ended on Jessica Armijo’s layup nearly three minutes into the second half.
Highlands made a run and got the margin down to seven, 39-32, on Seanoa’s free throws with 14:55 left.
Eastern’s Cat Clay scored a couple of baskets to help the Zias regain a double-digit lead 1t the 13:55 mark.
ENMU outshot NMHU 44 percent to 32 percent and won the rebounding battle 55-37.
Til-Lois Fifer was particularly effective, scoring 18 points and grabbing 15 rebounds for the Zias. Clay (14 points), Kara Bible (10) and Celeste Belizario (10) also scored in double figures for ENMU.
Seanoa tallied a game-high 23 points but went just 7 of 23 from the floor. Desiree Valentine again was big off the bench with 17 points and eight boards. Armijo scored 14 and led the Cowgirls in assists (four) and in steals (four).
Highlands’ Valentine, starting post Ashley Logan and Valerie Cook all were saddled with foul trouble and finished with four each.
Notes: Also Wednesday night, Robertson's girls' basketball team defeated Mora 50-46 at Montoya Gym in Mora ... Thursday's schedule sees West Las Vegas' boys playing Española Valley in the first round of the Al Almendariz tournament on the campus of Capital High in Santa Fe, as well as West's Lady Dons taking on Grants in round one of the Ben Lujan tourney at Pojoaque High in Jacona ... Highlands' women and men resume Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play Saturday night at Colorado-Colorado Springs.