ABILENE, Texas — Hardin-Simmons' women's basketball team shot 31.3 percent en route to a 75-68 loss to Texas-Tyler in the American Southwest Conference opener for both teams on Saturday at the Mabee Complex.
Lindsey Hausmann and Melissa Thomas paced the Patriots with 18 points each.
The Cowgirls jumped out on 16-4 run to start the game, but UT-Tyler answered right back with an 11-0 to make it 16-15 and neither team led by more than five the rest of the half. Hsu took a 33-30 lead into the halftime break.
In the second half, the Cowgirls shot just 26.5 percent and UT-Tyler heated up to 46.4 percent. HSU shot 31.3 percent (20-of-64) in the game.
The Cowgirls led 41-34 with 17:21 to play but scored just seven points over the next nine minutes of action to allow UTT to take the lead. It was 58-54 with 7:32 to play, but the Patriots scored the next seven points to take their biggest lead of the game at 65-54 with 4:55 to play.
HSU cut the deficit to three at 69-66 on a 3-point play by Kara Looten but the Patriots sealed the game going 6-for-6 at the free throw line in the final :47.
The Cowgirls are 1-2 on the year and 0-1 in ASC play. Texas-Tyler is now 3-0 on the year and 1-0 in league play. HSU hosts LeTourneau on Monday in American Southwest Conference action.
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