Turnovers hurt as Cowgirls lose sixth in a row

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By NMHU Sports Information

DURANGO, Colo. — Watching its losing skid hit six, the NMHU women’s basketball team struggled on the road in a 78-58 setback Friday at Fort Lewis.

Highlands, led by coach Tiffany Darling, fell to a 3-6 record in the RMAC and 3-10 in overall play. FLC is 6-6, 5-3.

Twenty-seven turnovers hampered the Cowgirl effort.

The Cowgirls took the initial 4-0 lead, but the Skyhawks quickly regrouped and began to take control of the game.  Fort Lewis went on a 7-0 run and looked to have found a good rhythm early.

Highlands kept the game close for the first 10 minutes of play, but the Skyhawks had too much firepower and began to pull away. Fort Lewis took a 26-point lead (52-26) into the locker-room at halftime.

The Cowgirls seemed to respond to Darling’s halftime instructions, because they started out the second half with a 7-0 run. But the Skyhawks were holding on to a comfortable lead and the Cowgirls needed a gigantic effort to get back into the game.

The Cowgirls kept working hard  and Alyssa Lopez hit a three-point shot with 14:45 left to play, cutting the Fort Lewis lead to 16 (60-44). That was as close as the Cowgirls would get on the scoreboard and the Skyhawks regained the momentum.

Fort Lewis regained their largest lead  at 78-52 with 4:56 left in the game. The Cowgirls kept playing hard and managed to cut into the lead, but it would not be enough. When the final buzzer sounded, the Skyhawks had triumphed 78-58.

Freshman post Kate Cryderman led the Cowgirls in scoring with 16 points, adding a block, a rebound, and a steal.

Alyssa Lopez scored 12 points for the Cowgirls in her 39 minutes on the court.  She was perfect from three-point range (2 of 2) and the free-throw line (4 for 4), but shot 3 of 8 from the floor. She added three steals, three assists, and three rebounds.

China Smith and Michelle Traynham both scored 10 points. Smith led the Cowgirls with seven rebounds, adding four assists and one steal. Traynham grabbed four rebounds, one steal, and blocked a shot.