By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (January 20, 2018) The HBU Huskies jumped out at a 35-33 at halftime, but could not overcome the second half surge of the McNeese State Cowgirls and dropped an 86-74 decision at Sharp Gymnasium in Houston. With the loss, the Huskies post a 1-6 Southland Conference record with a 5-12 record for the season.
Their halftime lead was paced by the shooting for Sydney Carr and Sophie Taylor; each with seven points. Britta Daub and Amanda Johnson each chipped in five to account for 24 of HBU's first half points. However, McNeese's 53 second-half points sealed the deal; outscoring the Huskies by 14.
HBU outscored McNeese 20-12 in the first period for their early lead, but the Cowgirls came back in the second period with a 21-15 advantage to cut the Huskies lead to two after 20 minutes. The Cowgirls made some adjustments at halftime, as they came back in the third period to outscore HBU 24-16 to take a 57-51 lead with 10 minutes to play.
Johnson and Carr both tallies 16 points for the Huskies, with Lauren Calver adding 13. Taylor and Daub finished the game with nine points each, while Veronika Kirienko came off the bench to pull down seven rebounds in 19 minutes of play.
For the Cowgirls, Dede Sheppard led all scores with 19 points, followed by Caitlin Davis and Bre'Ashlee Jones with 15 each. Mercedes Rogers also came off the bench to record seven rebounds, all on defense.
Next up for the Huskies will be a Wednesday, January 24 match-up against Incarnate Word in San Antonio.