LONGVIEW — The Howard Payne Lady Jackets locked up the fourth seed for the American Southwest Conference women’s basketball championship tournament with an 85-66 victory at LeTourneau Thursday night.

The win was the third straight for the Lady Jackets (15-9, 14-7), and also snapped a string of four consecutive losses away from the Brownwood Coliseum. LeTourneau slipped to 9-14 overall and 7-13 in ASC action, but is still in the hunt for a tournament berth.

Howard Payne knocked down 45 percent of its shots (31 of 69) including 41 percent (9 of 22) of its three-pointers. The Lady Jackets also converted 74 percent (14 of 19) of their free throws, owned a 45-42 edge in rebounds and forced 15 turnovers.

Danyel Bradley led the charge with 22 points, eight assists and six rebounds, while Britani Gattis chipped in 20 points and three boards. Shardena Hudson also finished in double figures with 11 points and five assists, while other scorers included Sarah Van Remmen with seven points, Kalin Hanna and Jessica Galaviz with six each, McKinley Meyer and Sarahi Castillo with five apiece and Macy Floyd with three points.

LeTourneau sank just 37 percent (23 of 62) of its field goal attempts and did not convert a three-point attempt in 15 tries. LeTourneau also made only 20 of 36 free throw tries (56 percent).

Rebecca Stewart finished with 11 points for LeTourneau followed by 10 points each from Julencia Curtis and Meagan Peters.

The Lady Jackets scored the first 10 points and held LeTourneau scoreless for the initial 4:01 as the outcome was never in jeopardy. Just 5:39 into the contest, Howard Payne owned an 18-2 advantage following a three-pointer by Bradley, the ASC co-player of the week. LeTourneau missed its first eight shots from the floor, and turned the ball over three times during the opening spurt.

Howard Payne led by as many as 18 points, 31-13, following a trey from Castillo with 8:27 left before halftime.

LeTourneau responded with 17 of the next 20 points to close the gap to 34-30 with 2:17 left before halftime, but the Lady Jackets pushed the advantage back to seven points, 40-33, at intermission.

The second half followed the same formula with the Lady Jackets pushing the lead back to 15 points, 52-37, following a layup by Gattis with 14:27 remaining.

The lead eclipsed 20 points as another Gattis bucket put Howard Payne in front 62-41 with 12:07 to go. The largest lead for the Lady Jackets was 23 points, 68-45, after a jumper by Van Remmen at the 9:44 mark.

Howard Payne will wrap up its regular season at 1 p.m. Saturday at East Texas Baptist (9-14, 7-13), then begin preparing for its ASC tournament opener against fifth-seed Louisiana College (14-9, 12-8). The ASC tournament will be hosted by UT-Tyler Feb. 28-March 2.

ASC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

STANDINGS

Conf. Overall

W L W L

*-UT-Tyler 19 2 21 3

UT-Dallas 16 5 19 5

Mary Hardin-Baylor 16 5 16 8

Howard Payne 14 7 15 9

Louisiana College 12 8 14 9

Ozarks 9 12 10 14

x-Mississippi College 8 12 10 13

Concordia 8 13 10 14

Hardin-Simmons 8 13 8 16

East Texas Baptist 7 13 9 14

LeTourneau 7 13 9 14

Sul Ross 0 21 1 23

*- tournament host; x- ineligible

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Thursday’s Results

Howard Payne 85, LeTourneau 66

East Texas Baptist 98, Sul Ross 69

Mary Hardin-Baylor 94, Hardin-Simmons 80

UT-Dallas 81, Concordia 69

Ozarks 79, Mississippi College 75 (OT)

UT-Tyler 73, Louisiana College 67