MARSHALL, Texas – Hardin-Simmons' No. 15 ranked women's basketball team picked up a huge American Southwest Conference road win, 67-56, at East Texas Baptist on Thursday evening.
In the first half, both teams struggled from the field in a low-scoring affair. ETBU led 13-11 after the first quarter. The Tigers opened a 20-13 lead early in the second quarter before the Cowgirls responded to tie the game at 23. ETBU led 27-25 at halftime. Paris Kiser scored 12 of her 15 points in the first half to keep the Cowgirls in contact of the Tigers.
ETBU took a 37-30 lead midway through the third quarter and then the Cowgirls took over the game. HSU used an 8-1 run to tie the game and eventually took their first lead of the second half on a Samantha Tatum shot at the third-quarter buzzer.
HSU pushed the lead out to 55-45 with 3:40 to play and held on down the stretch with a 12-of-16 shooting effort in the fourth quarter from the free throw line when the Tigers went to the foul game. HSU was 6-of-7 from the field in the final quarter. Kiki Gonzales had eight points and Parris Parmer seven in the fourth quarter.
Kiser led the Cowgirls with 15 points and Parmer added 14. Gonzales added 11 points and nine rebounds.
Kaia Williams and Bridget Upton led four Tigers in double figures with 12 points each.
HSU has won 12 straight games to move to 15-2 on the year. The Cowgirls lead the ASC with a record of 10-0. ETBU fell to 12-5 overall and to 6-4 in league play. HSU will stay on the road for a 1 p.m. game at LeTourneau on Saturday.
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