DENVER — A 25-8 third-quarter run ripped open a competitive game as Northern New Mexico’s women dealt Central Christian College a 77-54 loss on Friday in the Johnson and Wales Classic.
Central trailed 35-26 at the half, but any thoughts of a comeback were dashed when Northern New Mexico exploded in the third quarter.
Ashlyn Garza had her best game of the year off the bench with 17 points to lead Central and Caitlyn Campa also had her best game in a reserve role with 12 points.
Top scorer Heather Crittenden was held to three.
“Today was definitely a rough start to our weekend," CCC coach Chris Honeck said. "Four or five of our kids are under the weather and it was very apparent that we were less than 100 percent today. For three quarters of the game, we couldn't get anything going. Finally, though, in the fourth quarter, we were able to put a little run together and cut a 27-point deficit down to 16 at one point. Unfortunately, we expended so much energy making the run that we ran out of gas at the end."
Central, now 1-5, continues play today taking on the host Johnson and Wales at 6 p.m.
CCC (54) — Crittenden 3, Young 2, Brooks 6, Banks 8, Garza 17, Campa 12, Richard 1, Austin 4, Lopez 1.
Northern New Mexico (77) — Clark 12, Madory 8, Porter-Banks 12, Clichee 16, John 7, Artieda 10, Harry 10, Sandjorn 2.