Alyssa Dean scored 16 points in a 71-58 loss to Hardin-Simmons on Thursday in Belton. (Photo by DAVID MORRIS / Centexphoto)

BELTON – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor women’s basketball team dropped a 71-58 decision to Hardin-Simmons University in Belton on Thursday. The win improved the Cowgirls to 6-8 overall and 4-5 in the American Southwest Conference while the Cru fell to 8-6 on the season and 4-5 in conference play.

The first half stayed close until the Cowgirls closed the half with a 7-4 run, giving them a four-point lead heading into halftime. Hardin-Simmons put some distance on the Cru in the second half, using a 12-point run to gain a double-digit lead on UMHB. The Cru pulled within eight but was not able to catch Hardin-Simmons, falling 71-58 to the Cowgirls.

Alyssa Dean led the Cru with 16 points while Kourtney Bevers added six. Mackenzie Coffey was the leading rebounder for UMHB, bringing down seven boards en route to a team-total 39. Macy Moore led the Cru with four assists and four steals while UMHB forced 16 turnovers. The Cru shot 29.6 percent in the contest and 70.6 percent from the free throw line.

Taylor Klement led the Cowgirls with 20 points while Kourtney Holyfield had 14 and Sara Vargas and Joanna Daniel each added 11. Vargas was the leading rebounder with 11 while Kayla Brown brought down eight. The Cowgirls recorded 43 team rebounds and forced the Cru into 12 turnovers. Hardin-Simmons shot 45.6 percent in the contest, 38.5 percent from beyond the arc and 82.4 percent from the free throw line.

UMHB returns to action Saturday, January 17th in a 1 p.m. contest against the University of Texas at Dallas in Belton