ABILENE, Texas – Hardin-Simmons' women's basketball team made a strong push at rival Howard Payne but ended up falling 67-56 in American Southwest Conference action on Saturday afternoon at the Mabee Complex.
The two teams played a tight first half with the Cowgirls taking a 30-29 lead into the locker room.
HSU scored the first four points of the second half to take a 34-29 lead and then the Lady Jackets responded with a 14-2 run to take a 43-36 lead with 3:30 to play in the third quarter and led 50-42 heading into the final quarter.
The Cowgirls then chipped away at the deficit and cut it to 56-54 on a Karlea Ritchie basket with 2:35 to play. However, HPU outscored the Cowgirls 11-2 the rest of the way to secure the win.
Valerie Matlock led Howard Payne with 17 points and Anastasia Willis scored 13.
HSU is now 5-18 on the year and 3-13 in ASC play. Howard Payne improved to 14-9 overall and 10-5 in conference action. The Cowgirls will play at Trinity at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
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