ABILENE, Texas – Hardin-Simmons' women's basketball team held off Concordia 57-54 to give head coach Kendra Hassell victory No. 100 for her career on Thursday night in American Southwest Conference action at the Mabee Complex.
The game was a defensive battle throughout as both teams struggled from the field. HSU held the Tornados to 17-of-67 for 25.4 percent and just 19.4 percent in the second half. HSU was just 17-for-60 on the night.
Concordia used an 11-1 run in the first quarter to take a 19-9 lead with 1:10 to play in the period. HSU responded back with an 11-0 run to take a 20-19 lead with 4:56 to play in the first half. HSU led 28-25 at halftime.
An 8-0 run in the middle of the third period for the Cowgirls proved to be the difference as they pushed the lead out to 38-27 with 6:16 to play in the third quarter. Brittany Schnabel's 3-pointer with 1:04 to play in the third period gave the Cowgirls their biggest lead of the night at 48-33.
Concordia was able to chip away at the Cowgirl lead and cut it to 51-48 with 4:26 to play. The Cowgirls made enough plays down the stretch to take the win and improve its homecourt winning streak to 18 games.
Natalie Velardez led Concordia with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
The Cowgirls are now 14-4 overall and 8-1 in ASC play and Concordia fell to 6-12 overall and 3-6 in conference play. HSU will host Mary Hardin-Baylor on Saturday at 1 p.m. in a battle for first place in the ASC West. Both teams are 8-1 in league play.
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