Cowgirls Late Rally Falls Short At Howard Payne
BROWNWOOD, Texas — Hardin-Simmons' women's basketball team came up short after a furious rally at Howard Payne, falling 75-69 on Saturday afternoon in American Southwest Conference action at the Brownwood Coliseum.
The Cowgirls are now 6-8 on the year and 4-6 in ASC play. Howard Payne improved to 13-2 on the year and to 9-2 in the ASC. The game ended a six-game road trip for the Cowgirls that lasted 40 days. HSU will return to the Mabee Complex for the next five games, beginning Thursday against Mary Hardin-Baylor.
The two times played a tight game and HPU led 23-19 with seven minutes to play in the first half but HPU went on a 11-2 over the next 3:29 to take a 34-21 lead. The Lady Jackets led 43-30 at halftime.
In the second half, HPU used a 9-0 run to push it to its biggest lead 60-39 at the 11:02 mark. HSU then started to chip away and closed the game on a 30-15 run and cut it to the final margin with a Coco Cartwright 3-pointer with :11 to play.
Howard Payne outscored the Cowgirls 17-4 on second-chance points and held a 44-34 advantage on the boards. HPU also had 24 fastbreak points to just two for the Cowgirls.
Angela Newcombe led the Cowgirls with a career-best 21 points and she hauled down 12 rebounds for her seventh straight game with double-digit rebounds and her 10th double-double of the season. Alexis Popelar had 14 points, Jasmine Lewis added 11 and Kara Looten scored 10 for HSU.
Jasmin Thomas led Howard Payne with 19 points eight steals and eight rebounds, Brittany Roberson added 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
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