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ASC Women's Basketball Championship Quarterfinals: Austin, Howard Payne, Hardin-Simmons, McMurry Advance
February 25, 2005

Courtesy Hardin-Simmons University Sport Information Office

Friday, February 25 (quarterfinals)

Game 1: Austin College 82, Concordia-Austin 80 (2-OT)
Game 2: Howard Payne 56, Mississippi College 45
Game 3: Hardin-Simmons 104, East Texas Baptist 50
Game 4: McMurry 64, Louisiana College 58
Saturday, February 26 (semifinals)
Game 5: Austin College vs. Howard Payne, 2:00
Game 6: Hardin-Simmons vs. McMurry, 4:00
Sunday, February 27 (championship)
Game 7: Winner Gm 5 vs. Winner Gm 6, 2:00

Austin College 82, Concordia-Austin 80 (2-OT)

Howard Payne 56, Mississippi College 45

Hardin-Simmons 104, East Texas Baptist 50

McMurry 64, Louisiana College 58

Austin College 82, Concordia-Austin 80 (2-OT) Box Score

ABILENE, Texas --- Austin College junior forward Andrea Bauer scored five points and grabbed three rebounds in the second overtime to lead Austin College to an 82-80 double-overtime win over Concordia-Austin in Friday's opening game of the American Southwest Conference Women's Basketball Championship Tournament in Abilene, Texas.

The win sends Austin College (18-7) into Saturday's 2:00 semifinal game against MISSCOLL/HPU. Concordia-Austin, the fourth seed from the West Division, concludes its season at 16-10.

The top seed out of the East Division, Austin College trailed 15-2 early in the game and chipped away to trail 32-26 at halftime. The 'Roos continued to pick at the Concordia-Austin lead in the second half and tied the score for the first time in the game, 56-56, with 5:59 left on a pair Brittany Smith free throws. Neither team was able to post more than a two-point advantage the remainder of regulation. CUA forward Reva Hoffman sent the game into the first overtime on a 10-foot jumper from the left side with 3.8 seconds left to tie play at 66-66.

Concordia-Austin built to a 74-71 lead with 43 seconds left in the first overtime, but Austin College held up a Libby Kellum three-pointer with 28 seconds remaining to force a second overtime on a 74-74 score. Andrea Bauer drilled a three-pointer in the first minute of overtime two to give Austin College the scoreboard advantage. CUA trimmed that lead to one-point twice, the last 81-80 on two free throws by Ashley Edwards.

Five Austin College players tallied double-digit points led by forward Ceren Unal's 16 points, Stephanie Knudson and Kellum scored 15 points each with Andrea Bauer (14) and Kellum (10) completing the quintet.

CUA guard Edwards was held to eight points in the first half, but came out of the locker room and poured-in 22 points over the final 30 minutes to conclude her career with a game-high 30 points. Danielle Barnett netted 16 points and 11 rebounds with Christine Thompson scoring 12 and Brittany Cooper 10 for the Tornados.

NOTES: This was the first overtime game in ASC Women's Basketball Championship Tournament history. That footnote was expanded when the teams played into a second overtime. . . . Austin College won its first game in three trips to the ASC Tournament. The 'Roos were 0-2 after appearances in the 1999 and 2004 playoffs. . . . Concordia-Austin played in its first ASC postseason playoff.

Howard Payne 56, Mississippi College 45 Box Score

ABILENE, Texas --- Howard Payne ran out to a 20-point second half lead and coasted to a 56-45 win over Mississippi College in Friday's second quarterfinal game of the American Southwest Conference Women's Basketball Championship Tournament in Abilene, Texas.

Howard Payne (22-4) advances to Saturday's 2:00 semifinal game against Austin College, an 80-82 double-overtime winner over Concordia-Austin in the first round. Mississippi College concludes its 2004-05 season 17-9.

HPU led by six at the half, 28-22, outscoring MC 7-1 over the last 3:51 of the first half. The Lady Jackets opened the second half on a 26-5 run to extend their lead to 47-27 with 11:28 remaining. Heather Hohertz nailed two three-pointers and Kami Collins netted a pair of field goals in the run.

Forward Rachel Offineer scored 18 points and snagged 10 rebounds to lead the fast-paced HPU offense. Collins added 14 points and 8 rebounds as nine of 10 HPU players scored in the tournament opener. Mississippi guard Robin Rae Burns led the Lady Choctaws with 13 points.

NOTES: Howard Payne evened its ASC Championship Tournament record at 2-2 with the win. HPU has played in three tournaments. . . . . Mississippi College slipped to 1-6 in conference playoff action. The Lady Choctaws have lost in the tournament first-round five times.

Hardin-Simmons 104, East Texas Baptist 50 Box Score

Hardin-Simmons moved to 13-0 all-time in the American Southwest Conference Tournament with a 104-50 win over East Texas Baptist in the quarterfinals, Friday night at the Mabee Complex in Abilene.

The Cowgirls scored early and often and its starters came out early in the second half as the bench continued the onslaught. HSU has 70 bench points in the game, including a career-best 15 by Lindsay Thompson on five 3-pointers. Sophomore forward Lyssa Dennard went down with an ankle injury :12 into the game and did not return.

Nine Cowgirls had eight or more points in the game as HSU shot 55 percent for the game and hit 11 3-pointers. ETBU struggled to 27 percent for the game. Marzetta Sheppard scored 14 points to lead the Tigers.

HSU went on a 40-8 run to close the first half. With the win the Cowgirls improved to 22-3 on the year. East Texas Baptist closes its campaign at 10-16. HSU will play the winner of McMurry and Louisiana College in the semifinals at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

NOTES: The 54-point win by the Cowgirls is the most lopsided win in the ASC Women's Basketball Tournament. HSU and East Texas Baptist were also the teams involved in the closest game of the conference playoffs, a 59-58 first-round Cowgirls win in 2000 – five years to the date of this year's blowout. . . . Hardin-Simmons extended its string of ASC Tournament wins to 13 (13-0) over its seven postseason appearances. . . . East Texas Baptist slips to 0-3 all-time in the ASC Tournament.

McMurry 64, Louisiana College 58 Box Score

Tarra Richardson led four McMurry players in double figures as the Lady Indians defeated Louisiana College, 64-58, in the first round of the American Southwest Conference Tournament Friday night at the Mabee Complex in Abilene.

The Lady Indians had as big as a 10-point lead but Louisiana College would not go away and the Lady Wildcats cut it to 59-57 with :27 left. McMurry was just 8-for-13 in the final minute at the free throw line.

Symbri Tuttle had 13 points and seven assists, Kaycee Venekamp had 13 points and Carli Englke had 12 for the Indians. Keota Smith had 17 and Edie Leonards had 13 points and 10 rebounds to pace Louisiana College.

The win will set up a rematch with Hardin-Simmons on Saturday at 4 p.m. The two teams split the regular season meetings. McMurry is 18-8 on the year Louisiana College finished its season at 15-11.

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