The Western New Mexico University women’s basketball team returned to Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference action Friday falling on the road to the Regis Rangers, 60-38.
Kassie Scott opened the scoring for Western New Mexico University (WNMU) 14 seconds in with a layup. WNMU (1-10, 0-7 RMAC) would continue the early start with Morgan Wohltman connecting on a three and later a jumper at the 16:29 mark for a 7-3 advantage.
After Heather Hamilton tied the game at nine on a layup nearly seven minutes into the opening half, Regis University (RU) began to make their move. A 14-0 run over the course of five minutes jumped the score to 23-9.
RU (5-5, 4-2 RMAC) would outscore the Lady Mustangs by four the rest of the half to take a 34-16 halftime lead.
The Rangers opened the scoring with a free throw in the second half, which WNMU came back with a quick 4-0 run behind layups from Scott and Veronica Celaya to pull the Lady Mustangs within 15, 35-20.
They would get as close as 14 a minute later on a three by Wohltman, 37-23, but RU had an answer with a 3-0 run to push the advantage to 17, 40-23.
The Rangers would take control the rest of the game on their way to the 60-38 victory.
Both teams struggled from the field, with RU shooting 34.5 percent (19-55) to a 30 percent effort (15-50) for WNMU. RU made four more three-pointers (7-3) and held a big advantage at the foul line, making 15-of-21 to a 5-of-12 night for WNMU.
Wohltman led the Lady Mustangs with 15 points, along with four rebounds and four steals. Scott was also in double-figures with 11. Celaya dominated the boards for WNMU, collecting 12, with four coming on the offensive end. RU’s Brandi Collins led all-scorers with 19 points.
WNMU will turn around and play at Metro State Saturday night beginning at 5 p.m. Metro State defeated New Mexico Highlands, 87-58, Friday night.