ABILENE, Texas – Hardin-Simmons' women's basketball team opened American Southwest Conference play with a 71-62 win over McMurry on Saturday afternoon at the Mabee Complex.
HSU took an early 7-2 lead and never trailed after that the rest of the way. Halle Edmondson capped a 9-2 run later in the first quarter with a 3-pointer that gave the Cowgirls a 20-9 lead and HSU led 24-16 after the first quarter.
McMurry chipped away at the deficit in the second quarter and cut it to 32-30. HSU led 36-32 at halftime. The Cowgirls were able to push the lead out to 50-42 after three quarters.
The Cowgirls forced 27 McMurry turnovers that turned into a 34-18 advantage in points off turnovers and the Cowgirls had a 50-32 advantage in the paint. The Cowgirls shot 47.5 percent in the contest and held McMurry to 38.9 percent shooting.
Skyler Reyna led McMurry with 19 points. Destiny Matthews had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds off the bench.
The Cowgirls are now 7-1 on the year and 1-0 in ASC play. McMurry fell to 6-2 overall and 0-1 in conference play. HSU will have final exams this week before the Cowgirls head to California for a pair of games next week.
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