Highlands’ women put a nine-game losing skid behind them. The men won their third in a row.
Both developments came courtesy of downstate rival Western New Mexico, which visited the Wilson Complex for a Saturday matinee.
Cowgirls 72, Mustangs 56
One of NMHU’s best starts of the year gave the Cowgirls enough breathing room to weather a Mustang comeback.
Highlands shot 57 percent, including an 8-for-15 clip from three-point land, in the first half.
And the Cowgirls held Western to just nine first-half field goals in grabbing a 42-21 lead at the break.
Michelle Traynham (19 points, seven rebounds) had a huge hand in that first-half success.
NMHU shot poorly from the floor in the second half but made 17 of 22 free throws to keep control.
The Cowgirls (4-13, 4-9), hampered by injury, hadn’t won since Dec. 7.
Cowboys 90, Mustangs 86
Highlands twice erased nine-point deficits and hit eight three-pointers in the second half to overtake WNMU.
The Cowboys pulled to within a single game of .500; they are 8-9 overall and 6-7 in the RMAC.
Lavell McDade lit up the Mustangs for 25 points, six rebounds, six assists and four steals. He was 6 for 12 from three-point range.
Stargell Love also had a big game, racking up 15 points, six boards, five assists and six steals.
Devin McCall, new to the lineup, scored 10 points, and Dominick Baca and Mannie Cass chipped in eight each.
Andy Sohlich led Western with 22 off the bench.
The Mustangs led 66-64 midway through the second half before the Cowboys mounted the game’s biggest run, an 18-2 spurt that left them up 82-68.