Three Lady Jackets recorded double-doubles as Howard Payne closed the regular season with a 77-52 win over LeTourneau Saturday afternoon at the Brownwood Coliseum.
Howard Payne (15-10, 12-8) will carry a three-game win streak — all at home — into the first round of the ASC championship tournament Thursday at UT-Tyler. The Lady Jackets will tangle with fifth-seed Hardin-Simmons (12-14, 10-10) — a loser of two straight — for the third time at 5 p.m. Thursday in opening-round action.
HPU, making its 12th straight ASC tournament appearance, won the first two meetings, 69-58 in Brownwood on Dec. 16 and 76-62 in Abilene on Jan. 31.
In Saturday’s victory over LeTourneau (8-17, 6-14), preseason All-American and three-time ASC player of the week Danyel Bradley led the charge for Howard Payne with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Also finishing with double-doubles were Sarah Van Remmen, as she poured in 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Kalin Hanna — the lone senior on the squad — who dropped in 10 points and yanked down 11 boards.
Yessenia Cazares also finished in double figures with 13 points for Howard Payne — which shot 47 percent (27 of 58) from the floor and 69 percent (18 of 26 at the free throw line — followed by Erionna Brown with six, Jada Evans with four, Jessica Leaks with three, Sarahi Castillo with two and Presley McKethan with one point.
LeTourneau hit just 21 percent (16 of 75) of its shots, but did sink 74 percent (17 of 23) of its free throw tries.
Kalyn Shorter led LeTourneau with 12 points followed by nine from Brian Goodman and seven from Ashley Reed.
The Lady Jackets — who needed double-overtime to defeat LeTourneau, 103-99, the first time around in Longview on Jan. 15 — tallied 17 of the first 19 points and led comfortably throughout the contest.
HPU’s opening surge included seven points apiece from both Hanna and Bradley, while Cazares drained an early three-pointer.
The Lady Jackets, who allowed the first bucket 19 seconds into the contest, did not surrender LeTourneau’s second field goal until the 13:55 mark — a 5:46 span.
Howard Payne led by as many 21 points in the first half, 32-11, following a Bradley layup at the 8:13 mark, and settled for a 42-28 halftime advantage.
LeTourneau crept within seven points, 50-43, with 14:23 left on a layup by Ashley Stephens. HPU answered with a 10-0 run to stretch the cushion to 60-43 with 6:43 left. The Lady Jackets’ largest lead was 28 points, 75-47, with 2:31 to go.