Cowgirls Nip McMurry; Claim ASC Tournament Berth

Cowgirls Nip McMurry; Claim ASC Tournament Berth


ABILENE, Texas – Hardin-Simmons' women's basketball team had to hold off two last-second shots at a win by McMurry and it did to beat crosstown rivals 51-50 on Saturday afternoon at the Mabee Complex.

The Cowgirls came into the game needing a win and a loss by Sul Ross State to claim a spot in next week's American Southwest Conference Tournament and that is exactly what happened. HSU will be the No. 4 seed out of the ASC West and will play UT Dallas on Thursday at 7:30 in Richardson.

Both teams came out playing at high level in front of the biggest crowd of the season for the Cowgirls. McMurry led 16-15 after the first quarter. The Cowgirls took a 25-20 lead with 2:53 to play in the first half and McMurry closed the quarter on a 7-2 run and Dominique MacHuca's 3-pointer right before halftime tied the game going to intermission.

McMurry took a 43-42 into the final period. Taylor Gaffney gave the Cowgirls a 51-48 lead with 1:29 to play on a pair of free throws and Sham Hunter scored for McMurry to make it 51-50.

Both teams missed on a pair of free throws on their next possession. McMurry had the ball with :32 to play. Isabel Carrion missed a layup with :03 to play but the ball was rebounded by McMurry. After a timeout, Hunter missed a shot under the basket and the Cowgirls celebrated a trip to the ASC tournament.

Danie Mabry led the Cowgirls with 17 points and Taylor Gaffney poured in 16. Sham Hunter led McMurry with 14 points and 14 rebounds and Skyler Reyna chipped in 13 points.

The Cowgirls are now 6-19 on the year and 4-13 in ASC play. McMurry closed its season with a record of 13-11 overall and 11-6 in league play.








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