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Howard College rallies past Lady Texans
 February 9, 2013

BIG SPRING – Jasmine Brainard poured in a season high 16 points and Tasheena Moore added 14, but that was not enough as the Lady Texans dropped consecutive games for the first time this season, falling to Howard 54-52 Thursday afternoon at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum.

The loss drops the Lady Texans to 19-5 overall and 6-3 in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference (WJCAC) and puts them in fourth place in the league standings, one-half game behind Monday’s opponent, New Mexico.

South Plains jumped out to a nine-point lead before the Lady Hawks rallied.  South Plains led 25-24 at the break.

In the second half, the Lady Texans again asserted themselves and stretched their lead back out to as many as nine points when the two teams past the midway point.

For the second game in a row, though, the Lady Texans allowed their opponents to make a run late.

Leading 51-43 with just under seven minutes remaining in the game, Howard’s Anitria Flowers made back-to-back field goals that began an 11-0 Lady Hawk scoring run.  Up until they took 52-51 lead on a 3 by Brittany Aikens, Howard had not enjoyed a lead in the game.

Aikens soon pushed Howard ahead three points by sinking a couple free throws after being fouled by Jasmine Brainard.

Tasheena Moore had an opportunity to get SPC back to within a point with 1:36 left on the clock, but could only sink the second of two free throws.

Neither team would score again over the final 90 seconds and Howard took the win by the score of 54-52.  

The Lady Hawks (16-7, 5-5) gave themselves hope with the victory, getting to .500 in the league for the first time since Jan. 10 and now trail South Plains by 1 1Z2 games for the fourth and final spot for a berth to next month’s Region 5 tournament with four games remaining on their schedule.

The Lady Texans will try to snap their two-game skid when they host New Mexico Monday, Feb. 11 at the Texan Dome in a game sponsored by Covenant Hospital of Levelland and ‘Think Pink’ night.  The ‘Think Pink’ initiative is an effort that supports breast cancer awareness.

In an effort to help raise money to fight this terrible illness, the SPC athletic department is raffling off in iPad 4 during halftime of Monday’s Texan game.  Raffle tickets can be purchased in the athletic department offices or when entering the Texan Dome for Monday’s game.  For more information, please call the athletic department at 716-2221.

Monday’s game versus the Lady T-Birds will be broadcast live at www.spctexans.com, www.klvtradio.com, and over the air on KLVT 1230 AM.  KLVT Radio’s Michael Wiiest will call the action from courtside.

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