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Traynham nets 35; Cowgirls move to 2-0

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By NMHU Sports Information

Sophomore guard Michelle Traynham exploded for 35 points on 11-of-20 shooting, including seven 3-point baskets in 14 attempts Tuesday night, leading New Mexico Highlands past Northern New Mexico College 69-47.

After the road triumph in Española, the Cowgirls and head coach Tiffany Darling are 2-0 on the young season.

Traynham narrowly missed a double-double by pulling down eight rebounds. She had two steals and zero turnovers in 26 minutes of action.

“She shot the ball exceptionally well,” Darling said of Traynham’s effort. “But what I am most impressed with was her effort on the boards and not committing a single turnover. She’s starting to mature into a well-rounded player.”

The first half of action saw the Cowgirls play stifling defense, limiting the Eagles to 14 points on 3-of-28 shooting (11 percent) from the field and 0 for 8 from the 3-point line.

The Cowgirls let up defensively out of halftime, giving up 33 points in the second half.

Darling was unimpressed with her team’s defensive effort in the final 20 minutes: “We came out of the locker room flat. We played content. There was no sense of urgency on the defensive end. Our pursuit on the glass was poor ... We didn’t pay attention to detail on the offensive end and were careless with our passing and execution in the second half.”

The Cowgirls outrebounded the Eagles 59-35 but committed 24 turnovers.

“We need to cut our turnovers way down, Darling said. “As we get settled in to the way we want to play, we will improve our decision making despite playing at such a fast pace. We will continue to push the tempo; that’s not going to change.”

Highlands’ only other double-figure scorer was junior guard Jenny Johnson. She had 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting and recorded four rebounds and four steals in 21 minutes.

The Cowgirls have a break in action until they host the University of the Southwest on Nov. 21.