Cowgirls Fall In ASC Semifinals

Cowgirls Fall In ASC Semifinals


BELTON, Texas – Hardin-Simmons' women's basketball team saw its season most likely come to an end with a 75-64 loss to Texas-Dallas on Friday evening in Belton at the American Southwest Conference Championship Tournament. 

The Cowgirls are 19-8 on the year and would need an at-large bid from the NCAA Selection Committee to get into the NCAA tournament.

If it is the end, it was a massive turnaround for the program. The Cowgirls improved from 6-20 a year ago and the team is young with no seniors on the roster. They also won their first ASC Tournament game since 2011.

The Cowgirls got off to a strong start and Taylor Gaffney gave the Cowgirls a 14-7 lead midway through the first quarter. HSU led 19-16 after the first quarter.  UTD led 26-25 midway through the second quarter, but UTD went on a 9-0 run to open a 35-25 lead.

HSU made a push toward the end of the third quarter and Maria Fernandez hit a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 45-43 with 3:42 to play. The difference in the game probably came in the next two minutes when the Comets went on an 8-0 run and led 53-47 heading into the final quarter.

UTD opened a 13-point lead late in the game and the Cowgirls cut it to 69-64 with :40 to play but could get no closer.

Gaffney led the Cowgirls with 16 points and Kaitlyn Ellis added 11 points and Karlea Ritchie chipped in 10.

Victoria Pena led UTD with 22 points and Raenett Hughes added 21. The Comets improved to 23-4 on the year and will play for the ASC title on Saturday.

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