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Cowgirls end season with loss to Louisiana College

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PINEVILLE, La. — Hardin-Simmons’ women’s basketball team gave a valiant effort but came up just short in a 59-53 loss to No. 22 Louisiana College in the first round of the American Southwest Conference Championship Tournament on Feb. 24 at the H.O. West Fieldhouse in Pineville, La.

The Cowgirls led most of the first half and still led 20-16 with 8:29 to play in the first half. HSU then went 8:13 without a field goal until Angela Newcombe’s jumper at the end of the half gave the Wildcats a 27-23 halftime lead. LC had an 11-0 run during the scoring drought.

The game featured six ties and six lead changes and it was tied for the final time at 36-36 with 13:19 to play. LC then used another spurt to take the lead for good. This time it was an 8-0 run. LC eventually led by 12 at 57-45 with 2:27 to play.

The Cowgirls had one last rally in them and cut the deficit to 57-53 with :46 to play after back-to-back 3-pointers by Coco Cartwright and Alexis Popelar.

The game ended the careers of three Cowgirl seniors – Jasmine Lewis, Kara Looten and Newcombe. Newcombe finished the game with 15 points and 17 rebounds for her 19th double-double of the season. Looten also had a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds.

Popelar led the way for the Cowgirls with 21 points. Roslyn Wilmer led a balanced LC attack with 16 points.

The Cowgirls outrebounded Louisiana College 59-39 in the game, but turned the ball over 30 times and that led to taking 10 less shots than the Wildcats. LC shot just 27.5 percent in the game and the Cowgirls shot 34 percent.

HSU finished the year with a record of 13-13. LC is now 23-3 on the year and will face McMurry in the ASC Semifinals on Saturday.

Wiley’s Christie hits game-winning buzzer beater in OT

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By Habtom Keleta
Special to Inside The Pew

Wiley’s Vanderis Christie has become a household name amongst the Wiley family. On Saturday he hit the game-winning free throw with .04 seconds remaining in the game to lift Wiley past Langston, and on Feb. 6 Christie hit a game winning jumper as time expired in overtime to lift the Wildcats over the Warriors of Bacone College. Christie plays with a big heart, but he is only a sophomore who was born and raised in Houston.

“We recruited him out of TSU, and he is learning how to play within the system,” said Wildcats head coach Andre S. Payne. “We played horrible in the first half but at halftime we told our guys to feed Kenny the ball because he will get us going.”

Junior post player Kenny LaGuerre finished the first half with two points and one rebound. However, in the second half the Wildcats responded to Coach Payne by feeding it to their 6 foot 9 inch tree down low. LaGuerre finished the game with 19 points, 15 boards, three blocks and two steals.

“It was ugly, but I’ll take the ‘W’ any way we can get it,” said Payne. The Wildcats have now won two games in the final second in the last three days, and have adopted the new nickname “cardiac cats.”

Sophomore Michael Evans had a strong game at the guard position as he finished it 15 points, six assists, five rebounds and two steals.

Bacone’s La’Charleston Tumblin played brilliant throughout the game as he ended with 27 points and 10 rebounds, but he fouled out in overtime. Senior James Scott, who can leap with the best of them, also dominated the paint for Bacone as he finished with 21 points, six rebounds and four steals.

After losing their first home game of the season, the Lady Wildcats bounced back with a big conference victory against the Lady Warriors of Bacone College by the score of 74-58. Junior post player Chinwendu Mbah dominated all sides of the court for Wiley as she finished with 27 points, 16 boards, four blocks, three assists and two steals.

“Chin did an excellent job tonight, and she was only player who was truly focused,” said Lady Wildcats head coach Courtney G. Pruitt. “At halftime, we needed to regain our focus and energy because we are a high energy team and we didn’t show it at all in the first half.”

Monday scoreboard:


Texas Wesleyan 86, University of St. Thomas 83

Our Lady of The Lake University 106, Huston-Tillotson 84


Texas Wesleyan 55, St. Thomas 44

Our Lady of The Lake University 105, Huston-Tillotson 69


Texas Wesleyan’s Frederick conference player of the week

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By Jacob Trimmer
Inside The Pew

Four times the charm for Texas Wesleyan University’s Eric Frederick.

The senior forward from Oklahoma City, Okla., was named player of the week for the fourth time this season by the Red River Athletic Conference on Monday, Feb. 6. He received the award for the period of Jan. 30 to Feb. 5.

Frederick, the nation’s second-leading scorer, had to double-double games for the 14th-ranked Rams (17-4, 12-3) last week. He scored

Eric Frederick

29 points against both Wiley College and Jarvis Christian College (8-14, 7-10), nabbed 10 rebounds against the Wildcats and 12 in the Rams’ victory over Jarvis Christian College 86-80, on Feb. 4 in Hawkins. For the week, he shot 48.8 percent from the field (21-of-43).

The Lady Rams were also victorious over Jarvis Christian College, 53-50, on Feb. 4. Octavia Mullins led the way for Texas Wesleyan, posting her 13th double-double game of the season with 11 points and 16 rebounds. Ivory Russell led the Lady Bulldogs with 19 points and 11 boards, followed by Marsharae Brown with 13 points and nine rebounds.

OLLU men, women dominate St. Thomas in hoops

Our Lady of the Lake University men’s and women’s basketball teams scored wins over St. Thomas on Feb. 4 in San Antonio. The Lady Saints (12-4, 17-5) cruised by the Lady Celts (4-152, 6-15), 97-49. Arlene Cisneros lead OLLU’s charge with 15 points, followed by Jasmine Fuller, Nashae Owens, and Jennifer Davison, and Ali Bills with 11 points each. Alisha Crump finished with 10 points and 11 boards for OLLU. St. Thomas’ Brooklyn McCall finished with seven points. OLLU men slipped past St. Thomas, 77-74. Robert Martinez scored 17 points, followed by Marco Cooper with 12. The Saints improved to 18-4, 15-1, while the Celts fell to 11-4, 14-8.