Cowgirls, McMurry men struggle with conference home games

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Recaps from both team's losses on Thursday night.

HSU Women:

Hardin-Simmons’ women’s basketball team fell to Mary Hardin-Baylor 88-79 in American Southwest Conference action at the Mabee Complex on Thursday evening.

The Cru opened up an 11-point lead midway through the second quarter and led 45-36 at halftime. The teams played even in the second half.

The Cowgirls shot 55.6 percent from 3-point range and outscored the Cru 18-17 at the free throw line. HSU also had a 41-36 advantage on the boards. The difference in the game was turnovers. The Cowgirls turned the ball over 20 times compared to nine for the Cru and UMHB turned it into a 26-7 advantage in points off turnovers.

Hannah Holt led a balanced Cru attack with 20 points. Alicia Blackwell added 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Danie Mabry led the Cowgirls with 25 points, six rebounds and four assists. Karlea Ritchie added 14 points.

HSU is now 4-10 on the year and 2-5 in ASC play. UMHB improved to 14-2 overall and 7-1 in ASC play. The Cowgirls will host Concordia at 2 p.m. Saturday.

McMurry Men:

McMurry University men’s basketball team did not have an answer for the red-hot offense of Concordia University-Texas, coming out on the short end of a 100-73 score at Kimbrell Arena. The War Hawks fell to 4-10 overall and 3-5 in the American Southwest Conference, while the Tornados improved to 11-4 and 5-2 in the ASC.

McM trailed the entire game, as CUTX scored the first seven points of the evening and built a 20-point advantage by midway through the first half. Concordia shot nearly 77 percent from the floor during that run and finished the game by hitting 50 percent of its shots (35-70) from the field. The Tornados made good on 10-of-25 (40 percent) from beyond the arc and hit 20-of-25 free throws (80 percent).

Concordia led at the intermission, 57-33.

The War Hawks were also victimized by their own miscues, committing 25 turnovers (15 unforced). CUTX took advantage by converting McMurry’s mistakes into 34 points. That – combined with a 40-24 scoring advantage by the Tornados in the paint made for a long night for the War Hawks.

McMurry’s bench out-dueled the Tornados’ reserves. The War Hawks’ reserves accounted for 44 of the squads 73 points, while CUTX bench tallied 24.

Junior guard Shakur Smith was McM’s lone player in double-digit scoring with 12 points. Smith was 4-of-7 from three-point range to account for all of his points off the bench.

Senior stating forward LaRandall Scroggins narrowly missed a double-double by registering nine points and nine rebounds. Sophomore guard Zacc Carter also had nine points in 16 minutes of action.

Sophomore Luke Stephenson led a trio of players with seven points. Stephenson also pulled down eight boards. Freshman – and former Abilene Cooper High School player – Elijah Johnson and sophomore Mike Williams Jr. each also tallied seven points.

The loss was McM’s seventh-consecutive setback. The War Hawks will try to right the ship on Saturday when they host Mary Hardin-Baylor, with tip-off slated for 4 p.m.

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