ABILENE, Texas - Hardin-Simmons' women's basketball team won its fifth straight game as it beat Texas Lutheran 60-51 in American Southwest Conference action at the Mabee Complex in Abilene.
Sophomore Rachel Holik gave the Cowgirls a quick 5-0 lead in the first half on a lay-up and a 3-pointer to start the game and TLU stayed with the Cowgirls and actually led 16-15 with 10:14 to play. The Cowgirls then used a 10-2 run over the next 4:29 to take a 25-17 lead. In the run Alexis Popelar had six points and freshman Sara Vargas had four points.
The Cowgirls pushed the lead out to 10 at 31-21 on a Popelar 3-pointer with :29 to play in the half for the biggest lead of the first half. TLU scored the final basket of the half to give HSU a 31-23 lead at halftime.
TLU cut the HSU lead to 37-34 with 12:33 to play in the game, but HSU then exploded on a 13-2 run fueled by three 3-pointers. Joanna Daniel bookended the run with 3-pointers and HSU led 50-36 with 6:43 to play.
Another Daniel 3-pointer, her fifth of the game, gave HSU its biggest lead of the day at 55-38. The Bulldogs hit three 3-pointers in the final minute of the game to setup the final score of 60-51.
Daniel led the Cowgirls with 15 points, six assists and five rebounds. Popelar added 11 points and 10 rebounds and Holik had 13 points. Vargas had her best game as a Cowgirl with 10 points, eight rebounds, four blocked shots and three steals.
Italy Taylor led a balanced TLU attack with 10 points.
HSU improved to 11-8 overall and 9-4 in ASC action. Texas Lutheran fell to 6-14 and 4-10 in league play. The Cowgirls will close out its home slate next week against Mary Hardin-Baylor and Concordia.
Hardin-Simmons' men's basketball team won its fourth straight American Southwest Conference game with a 78-65 win over Texas Lutheran on Saturday afternoon at the Mabee Complex.
Hardin-Simmons fell behind 15-3 in the early going as Justin Lindsay hit three 3-pointers and had 11 quick points for the Bulldogs. HSU then started to chip away at the deficit and closed it to 21-18 on the second of four first-half 3-pointers by Charles Sams.
EZ Garcia's 3-pointer at the 4:02 mark gave HSU its first lead of the game at 27-25. TLU led 35-32 at halftime. Eight of HSU's 10 field goals in the first half were from behind the arc.
The Cowboys scored the first six points of the second half and never trailed again. John Derr's jumper with 5:04 gave HSU its biggest lead of the game up to that point at 66-59. Derr hit another 3-pointer two possessions later to make it 69-61.
HSU hit 11-of-12 free throws in the final three minutes to put the game away.
Justin Lindsey led Texas Lutheran with 29 points and Troy Griffith added 13 points off the bench.
Sams and Taylor finished with 17 points each to pace five Cowboys in double figures. The 17 for Sams was a career-high as he hit five 3-pointers in the game and the Cowboys finished with 12 3-pointers.
Andy Spears had another double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds and Darius Singletary scored 14 points and John Derr added 12. Taylor also had six rebounds and six assists for the Cowboys.
HSU outrebounded the Bulldogs 33-24 and forced 21 turnovers. HSU was also 22-of-26 at the free throw line.
HSU is now 13-6 overall and 10-3 in ASC action. TLU fell to 5-15 overall and 3-11 in league play. HSU finishes its home slate this week with games against Mary Hardin-Baylor and Concordia.
Information provided by HSU athletics department.