ABILENE, Texas — Hardin-Simmons’ women’s basketball dropped its home opener 63-54 to Schreiner on Monday night at the Mabee Complex in non-conference action.
The teams played an evenly matched first half. HSU used a 9-0 run midway through the first half to take a 19-11 lead. Kourtney Holyfield had five points in the run and Joanna Daniel and Lauren Thomas each had a pair. Schreiner responded with a 9-0 run of its own to take the lead at 20-19 with 2:29 to play in the first half. The teams went into the intermission tied at 27.
Schreiner scored the first eight points of the second half to take a 35-27 lead, but this time the Cowgirls had the answer with an 8-0 run to tie the game at 37. The game was tight the rest of the way but the Cowgirls never could get over the top and take the lead.
A Jessi Perez jumper with 5:26 to play made it 47-45. Bailey Harris hit a 3-pointer for Schreiner, but Holyfield answered right back with her own 3-pointer to make it 50-48 with 4:28 to play. Harris then had what proved to be the dagger on the next trip as she hit another 3-pointer and then had two free throws on the next possession to push the lead to 55-48. The Cowgirls would only get to as close as six the rest of the way.
Holyfield was the only Cowgirl to reach double figures with 11 points. Jaclyn von der Heide just missed a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds. Thomas added nine points and Becca Chagnon added eight for HSU.
Kelsie Jackson led Schreiner with 18 points and seven rebounds. Lindsey Peterson had 16 points, seven rebounds and five blocks.
HSU forced 26 turnovers in the game and attempted 22 more shots than the Mountaineers, but a 19-for-71 shooting night was the difference. HSU hit just 26.8 percent. SU shot 11-for-20 from the field in the second half and 44.9 percent for the game.
The Cowgirls are now 0-3 on the year and Schreiner improved to 2-2. HSU will open American Southwest Conference play on Saturday at 1 p.m. at home against defending league champion Texas-Dallas.