Hardin-Simmons’ women’s basketball team saw its six-game winning streak snapped on Saturday in a 65-58 American Southwest Conference loss to Concordia at the Mabee Complex.
The Cowgirls scored the first five points of the game on a Joanna Daniel 3-pointer and a Jaclyn von der Heide basket and eventually led 10-5.
Concordia took its first lead at 11-10 in a defensive first half. The teams had four points each over a 7:07 stretch. HSU led the game 20-15 with 6:00 to play in the first half and the game was tied at 24 with 1:48 to play in the half. The Tornados then outscored the Cowgirls 12-5 before halftime to take a 36-29 lead.
In the second half Concordia extended the run by scoring the first nine points of the half to push the lead out to 45-29 with 17:32 to play.
Alexis Popelar then took over for the Cowgirls scoring the next 12 HSU points and melting the deficit down to 46-41 with 11:01 to play. Concordia again pushed the lead back to 11 but HSU chipped away again and cut it to 57-53 on a Popelar layup with 4:37 to play, but the Cowgirls would get no closer.
Popelar led the Cowgirls with 28 points and 14 rebounds, Joanna Daniel scored 12 points and Jaclyn von der Heide had 10 points.
Brianna Smith led a balanced Concordia attack with 15 points and Tyler Compton added 14.
Both teams are now an identical 13-8 overall and 10-5 in ASC play. The Cowgirls will close the regular season with four straight games on the road, beginning Thursday night at Sul Ross State.
Saturday’s game was the final at the Mabee Complex for the four seniors - Popelar, Shaquana Wall, Taylor Rose and Coco Cartwright.
Concordia hit 12 second-half 3-pointer en route to a 101-67 American Southwest Conference men’s basketball win over Hardin-Simmons on Senior Day at the Mabee Complex.
The two teams locked up in a tight first half with neither team leading by more than six points. Concordia led at halftime 31-30.
A layup by HSU’s Eric Taylor’s with 13:51 to play made it 46-45 Concordia. Then the storm hit and Concordia went on a 20-4 run over the next two minutes of action. Included in the run were six 3-pointers, including four by Nick Haynes. HSU had four turnovers in the run and the Cowboys never recovered.
Andy Spears led the Cowboys with 19 points and a career-best 16 rebounds. John Derr had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Bernard Stiggers had 13 points.
Haynes led the Tornados with 29 points and he hit 9-of-17 3-pointers. Terry Coprew had 15 points and Dwayne Patterson had 14 points and 15 rebounds.
The teams came into the game tied for second place in the ASC West. HSU is now 13-8 on the year and 10-5 in league play and the Tornados improve to 15-6 overall and 11-4 in conference action.
HSU will play its final four games of the regular season on the road, beginning Thursday at Sul Ross State.
The game was the final home game for the Cowboy seniors – John Derr, Jeff Holland, Bernard Stiggers and Andy Spears.
Information provided by HSU athletics department