Cowgirls roll by McMurry in Crosstown match-up
ABILENE, Texas - Hardin-Simmons' women's basketball team held crosstown rival McMurry to 4-of-27 shooting in the first half and held on in the second half for a 68-53 American Southwest Conference win on Saturday afternoon at the Mabee Complex.
The Cowgirls rolled out to a 17-4 lead in the first quarter. Jasmine McClellan had seven points in the opening run.
In the second quarter, the Cowgirls pushed the lead out to 35-11 just before the half and led 35-15 at halftime. Freshman Deontae Ingram had a huge first half with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
The Cowgirls pushed the lead out to as many as 26 points in the third quarter before McMurry started to chip away. HSU still led 66-44 with 2:39 to play, before a quick 9-0 McMurry run made the final score closer at 68-53.
HSU shot 13-of-26 in both halves for 50 percent on the game. It was the first time since the season-opener the Cowgirls have shot at least 50 percent. They also held the War Hawks to an opponent low 26.3 percent for the game.
The Cowgirls also dominated the game on the backboards with a 51-23 advantage in rebounding and HSU outscored McMurry 38-12 in the paint.
Ingram led the Cowgirls with 14 points and 14 rebounds in the game. It was career-highs in both categories for her. She also was 5-for-6 from the field and 4-of-5 at the free throw line.
Jasmine McClellan had 13 points and seven assists, Heidi Schroeder had 12 points and Kourtney Holyfield had 10 points.
Sarah Doherty led McMurry with 17 points off the bench and Skyler Reyna added 14 points for the War Hawks.
HSU has won three straight in the series and the Cowgirls are now 7-10 overall and 3-6 in ASC play. McMurry is now 5-12 on the season and 1-8 in ASC play. HSU will hit the road for Mary Hardin-Baylor and Concordia next weekend.
Courtesy HSU Athletics.