Cowgirls Set To Resume Crosstown Rivalry
ABILENE, Texas — Hardin-Simmons' women's basketball will carry the momentum of its two-game winning streak into its crosstown showdown with McMurry on Monday evening at the Kimbrell Arena as the Cowgirls close out the fall semester.
HSU started the season 2-4, but has rallied to even its record at 4-4 and improve to 2-3 in ASC action. McMurry has started off the season at 7-1 overall and 5-0 in league play. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. and fans can hear the game on www.hsuathletics.com.
Both teams have been off since Dec. 10 for finals. This will be the last game in the series between the two at Kimbrell Arena. HSU owns a 52-21 all-time advantage in the series and a 23-10 overall mark in the ASC era, but the War Hawks have won six of the eight games since Veronica Snow took over as their head coach.
The Cowgirls have used a balanced offensive attack and four players average in double figures. Angela Newcombe, who has six double-doubles on the year, leads the team with 14.1 points per game and she also leads the ASC with 12.1 rebounds per outing.
Alexis Popelar averages 13.8 points per game and has scored in double figures every game this season. Jasmine Lewis is scoring 12.9 points per game and coming off a season-high 18 points against East Texas Baptist. Kara Looten averages 10.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.
The War Hawks are relying on a relentless pressure defense and a balanced offensive attack. Defensively, they hold opponents to 50.2 points per game and 35 percent shooting. They are outrebounding their opponents by nine rebounds per game. Sophomore Keshia Collins averages 16 points per game and her backcourt mate of Rikeita Thomas averages 11.1 points per game.
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