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Crosstown game adds a chance for late season momentum

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ABILENE, TX - This week, it's all about the rivalry.

Students, players, and fans are gearing up for Saturday's crosstown showdown between Hardin-Simmons and McMurry.

KTXS caught up with both women's teams on Thursday, preparing for this always physical and emotional test. But it's still rather new, with last year's event marking the return of the rivalry game after a four year hiatus.

"This game is always important just where it falls," said McMurry head coach Brittany Densman-Roes at Thursday's practice. "It's a crosstown rivalry so it kind of renews our spirit a little bit and our energy."

Here in 2017, the stakes are higher with McMurry now on a full ASC schedule as it wraps up its reclassification period.

"Just knowing that when we play this team, it just opens everyone's eyes to a new aspect of basketball," said McMurry senior guard Haley Welch.

Last year, the Cowgirls rallied to hang on over McMurry 68-61 in front of a packed crowed inside Kimbrell arena.

And with the War Hawks and Cowgirls sitting at 5-11 and 6-10 respectively on the season coming into Saturday, this year should be quite the match-up again.

Especially in a game that could spark some late season momentum.

""We've been saying, this is this game that's going to change the tempo of the rest of the season," said Deontre Ingram, a HSU Freshman. "We're going to come out, and starting winning Saturday."

"We're in a spot where we need to win," said HSU coach Melanie Chonko. "So hopefully it can be that for us and that's what we're looking to do is turn things around and hopefully this can be the stepping stone."

Game times for Saturday begin at 1 p.m. for the women, and approximately 3 p.m. for the men's game - all inside the Mabee Complex on the campus of HSU.

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