BELTON, Texas – Hardin-Simmons' upset bid at No. 7 Mary Hardin-Baylor came up just short as the Cru scored the final eight points of the game in a 66-58 win in American Southwest Conference women's basketball action at the Mayborn Campus Center on Thursday night.
The Cowgirls trailed 14-10 after the first quarter and trailed 35-24 at halftime.
In the third quarter, the Cowgirls cut the deficit to 35-28 before the Cru went on a 12-2 run to take a 47-30 lead with 3:53 to play in the quarter.
HSU responded as Maria Fernandez score eight points over the rest of the quarter and the Cowgirls cut the deficit to 51-42 heading into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Cowgirls started to chip away at the deficit and Samantha Newton hit a 3-pointer with 4:59 to play to cut the deficit to 55-51. Jesyka Lee hit a jumper and then Newton another jumper to tie the game at 55 with 3:13 to play.
Alicia Blackwell hit a 3-pointer for the Cru but Lee answered with a 3-pointer of her own with 1:58 to play to tie the game. UMHB scored the final eight points over the final 1:36, including 6-of-8 at the free throw line to seal it.
Hannah Holt led a balanced attack for the Cru with 16 points and Rollins added 13.
The Cowgirls are now 9-6 overall and 3-4 in conference action. UMHB improved to 15-1 overall and 7-0 in ASC play. HSU will play at Concordia on Saturday at 1 p.m., before returning home for five straight games.
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