LAS VEGAS, nanometers Offensive fourth-quarter fighting by Western Colorado resulted in a 49-54 loss to New Mexico Highlands.
JUST THE FACTS
final score: New Mexico Highlands defeated Western Colorado 54-49.
Records: Western Colorado 4-10, 3-6 RMAC, Upland New Mexico 11-7, 5-7 RMAC.
Location: John A. Wilson complex; Las Vegas, N.M
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Things didn’t start well for Western Colorado – who scored the first points of the game with a three-pointer from Kylie Crisis. But then the Cowgirls gave up an 8-0 run.
- At 2:18 into the first quarter, the Mountaineers’ offensive kick started, with Alyza Aikins making a three-pointer that cut the lead to 6-8. Then Emmery Wagstaff – after a New Mexico Highlands basket – sank a three of his own and cut the Cowgirls’ lead to one point.
- In Western’s next possession, Hayley Valencia put the Mountaineers ahead 11-10 (0-47). She then extended that lead to 13-10 (0:29) and made another two-point jumper.
- The New Mexico Highlands tied early in the second quarter by 13 points each. However, Aikins and Wagstaff helped increase Western’s lead to 17-13, with each making a basket. The Cowgirls fought back and with 3:54 left at halftime, the New Mexico Highlands tied the game 22 points apiece.
- The next time the Mountaineers had possession, Mia Lozoya sank a three to increase the lead to 25:22. Before the quarter was over, the Cowgirls made a layup and cut Western’s lead to a point.
- With a 25-24 lead early in the third quarter, Western scored the first eight points of the quarter with three points from Seymour and Lozoya and two points from Aikins – giving the Mountaineers a 33-24 lead.
- New Mexico Highlands finally got on the board at 4:24 on the clock. But Western’s run continued when Wagstaff pocketed a three-pointer that gave the Mountaineers a 36-26 lead.
- The Cowgirls came within five points of the lead with 2:09 left. Still, Western briefly extended their lead to eight points – New Mexico Highlands sunk a free throw with 10 seconds remaining – on two of Wagstaff’s free throws.
- The Mountaineers offense got a cold start to the fourth quarter – scoring just three points – allowing the Cowgirls to reduce the Western lead to 44-43, with 6:28 remaining in the game. At the 5:31 mark of the quarter, Wagstaff knocked down a three and then Valencia layed up at 4:11 on the clock and extended their lead to 48-43.
- The New Mexico Highlands kept fighting and managed to level the game 49-49, taking two free throws with 1:28 left. 19 seconds later, the Cowgirls took a 51:49 lead and then extended the lead to 52:49 – with a free throw with 25 seconds left.
- Western had one last opportunity to level the game. However, they couldn’t sink the shot.
- Wagstaff led the Mountaineers in multiple categories and posted a team high; 16 points, 12 rebounds and three steals. She also had two blocks. Lozoya and Aikins were the second-highest scorers with eight and seven points respectively.
- Overall, Western shot 33.3 percent (17 of 51) from the field, 28.6 percent (8 of 28) from three, and 41.2 percent (7 of 17) from the free throw line. The Mountaineers’ 10 missed free throws were a key factor in the loss.
- New Mexico Highlands had two players in double figures, Juliana Aragon, who scored 17 points, and Krystina Hagood, who lost 12 points. The Cowgirls shot 32.7 percent (18 of 55) from the field, 28 percent (7 of 25) from three, and 78.6 percent (11 of 14) from the free throw line.
Western will be back on court tomorrow (January 14) and will face off against CSU Pueblo at 5:30 p.m