Cowgirls win ASC opener in OT over Belhaven
JACKSON, MS - Hardin-Simmons' women's basketball team won its American Southwest Conference opener on Thursday night with a 67-65 overtime win over Belhaven in Jackson, Miss. The Cowgirls scored the final eight points of the first quarter to take a 14-6 and held a 27-23 lead at halftime. The Cowgirls had a lead most of the rest of the way until the final minute. Taylor Seastrunk's basket with 5:06 to play gave the Cowgirls a 51-42 lead but the Blazers came back and tied the game at 55 with :35 to play. Both teams missed to take a lead in the final seconds and then Belhaven turned it over with :13 to play but Taylor Gaffney's shot at the buzzer to win it fell off and the teams went to overtime. Addison Garcia hit a jumper with :47 to play to give the Cowgirls a 66-65 lead. Alexis Caldwell missed a pair of free throws for the Blazers with :12 to play and Danie Mabry split a pair of free throws with :09 remaining to make it 67-65. Mabry then blocked a Caldwell 3-point attempt to try to win the game with :04 to play. Garcia had a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Heidi Schroeder added 12 points. Gaffney scored 11 for the Cowgirls and Ryan Bush chipped in with 10. AaLiyaha Thornton had 21 points for the Blazers, Lauren Brooks added 15 and Alexis Caldwell had 10 points. The Cowgirls are now 3-2 on the year and 1-0 in league play. Belhaven fell to 0-5 on the year and 0-1 in conference action. HSU will play at Louisiana College on Saturday.