After playing to a 30-30 tie at halftime, the Howard College Lady Red Hawks used a 17-2 run to start the second half to defeat the Frank Phillips College Lady Plainsmen 65-49 in WJCAC action.
The Lady Plainsmen were deadly from behind the three point line in the first half, nailing six three pointers. But in the second half, the outside shots cooled off for Frank Phillips, while the Lady Hawks took advantage of second change scoring opportunities of off offensive rebounds to start pulling away for the win.
Nancy Castillo and Laâ€™Christa Nash had the hot hands to open the game for the Lady Plainsmen combining for four three pointers in the first seven minutes to build a 21-13 lead.
The Lady Hawks scored seven straight points to take a one point lead, but the first half ended with the two teams exchanging leads six times until playing to a 30-30 score at halftime.
Any momentum the Lady Plainsmen built in the first half went away fast in the second half, as the Red Hawks scored ten straight points sparking the 17-2 and building a 32-47 lead.
The Lady Plainsmen fought back to pull to within ten points with seven minutes to go. But Howard did a good job hitting shots in the final five minutes to hang on for the double digit win.
The loss drops the Lady Plainsmen to 6-16 overall, 0-6 in conference play, while Howard College improves to 13-10 overall and 2-4 in conference play.
The Lady Plainsmen travel to take on Odessa College on Thursday.
FPC game stats: 2PT-13/36 for 36%; 3PT-7/17 for 41%; Total FG-20/52 for 38%; FT-2/2 for 100%; Total rebounds-17, Turnovers-8
FPC individual stats: Amira Sallie 4 pts 2 rebs 1 stl; Shardena Hudson 1 reb 1 stl; Laâ€™Christa Nash 13 pts 5 rebs 1 ast; Laura Martinez 12 pts 1 reb 3 asts; Nancy Castillo 3 pts 1 reb; Shay Oâ€™Neal 4 pts 1 ast 2 stl; Kinjita Kelley 7 pts 1 reb 1 ast; Destiny Phillips 6 pts 6 rebs 1 ast.
Howard College 30 65
Frank Phillips College 30 49