Podpah, poor shooting leads to Mountain Lions loss
New Mexico Highlands snapped the University of Colorado at Colorado Springsâ€TM two-game winning streak by beating the Mountain Lions 79-71 Tuesday afternoon in the Lionsâ€TM Den.
Tara Podpah once again led the way for the Cowgirls, scoring 22 points on 9-for-14 shooting. Shannon Salway added 14 points and five assist for New Mexico Highlands.
â€œ(New Mexico Highlands) did a great job of getting the ball inside,â€ said Mountain Lions coach Marty Fletcher.
Lindsay Arnoldus led CU-Colorado Springs with 15 points and seven assists. Emily Jenkins had 14 points and 13 rebounds (eight offensive).
The torrid shooting that the Mountain Lions had exhibited in their last three games was nowhere to be found Tuesday against the Cowgirls. CU-Colorado Springs (8-12, 4-10 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) missed its first seven shots of the game as the Mountain Lions found themselves down 9-0 early.
â€œWe fell too far behind in the early going,â€ said Fletcher.
New Mexico Highlands (14-9, 9-5) led by as many as 17 in the first half and held a 32-30 advantage at the break. The Cowgirls pushed their lead to 18 points early in the second half before the Mountain Lions slowly crept their way back into the game.
CU-Colorado Springs cut the lead to 64-58 with 9:25 remaining on a pair of Maribeth Martinez free-throws. The Cowgirls went on an 8-1 run that seemingly put the game out of reach.
The Mountain Lions mounted one last comeback, cutting the lead to 75-71 with 1:15 to go. Poor free-throw shooting, however, wouldnâ€TMt allow the Mountain Lions to get any closer.
It was the fifth straight time that Highlands has beat CU-Colorado Springs dating back to the 2002-03 season.
The Mountain Lions now face the daunting task of having to win four, if not all five, of their remaining RMAC games in order to have a chance to qualify for the playoffs.
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