ABILENE, Texas – It took a dramatic win over McMurry in the regular-season finale to qualify, but the Hardin-Simmons women's basketball team is thankful for another opportunity and hopes to bring home an American Southwest Conference title.
"Anything can happen once you get to the postseason," said HSU head coach Melanie Chonko. "We just have to realize it's just basketball and go in and execute our game plan and play with great intensity and trust in each other."
It's been a long and sometimes trying year for the Cowgirls, who come into the game with a 6-19 record. However, the Cowgirls are playing their best ball since very early in the season. HSU has won two of its last three games.
The Cowgirls have a good mix of youth and experience. HSU has three seniors, a junior, two sophomores and nine freshmen on the current roster.
"For some of our older players it will be a great chance to get back to the tournament and for our freshman, this experience is something we can build from," said Chonko.
HSU is looking for its league-best seventh ASC title, but first since 2004.
Senior Danie Mabry leads the Cowgirls with 14 points per game and she is shooting 42 percent from 3-point range.
The Cowgirls open the tournament on Thursday against UT Dallas at 7:30 at the UTD Activity Center. The Comets (22-3) come into the game as the No. 1 seed in the ASC East.
The winner will play the winner of the game between East Texas Baptist and Howard Payne in the semfinals on Friday.
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