HPU visits Lamar Tuesday for fourth game in five days

SEGUIN — Playing their third game in four days, the Howard Payne Lady Jackets were able to notch their first victory of the 2017-18 basketball campaign, 66-60 at Texas Lutheran Monday night.

The Lady Jackets (1-1) bounced back from an 83-54 loss to American Southwest Conference rival UT-Tyler in a non-conference tilt, and a 105-35 exhibition defeat at the hands of NCAA Division I Stephen F. Austin.

Trailing by a point after one quarter, 16-15, the Lady Jackets jumped out to a 37-28 halftime advantage. Texas Lutheran (1-2) closed the gap to 51-49 after three quarters, but HPU held on down the stretch.

Howard Payne scored the first five points of the fourth period — on a layup by Anastasia Willis and a three-pointer by Chelsey Harris — to regain a seven-point edge, 56-49, with 8:26 left. The Lady Jackets led by no fewer than four points the rest of the way.

Harris scored a team-high 17 points for the Lady Jackets trailed by Valarie Matlock with 12, Dominique Featherston with 10, Willis and Jada Evans with nine each, Chelsi Woodard with four, Djimonii Jackson with three and Presley McKethan with two points.

The Lady Jackets shot 39 percent (27 of 69) from the floor, including 18 percent (6 of 33) from three-point land, but converted just 46 percent (6 of 13) of their free throws. HPU turned over the ball 22 times, but created 29 turnovers and owned a 40-34 edge in rebounds.

Texas Lutheran shot 44 percent (20 of 45) overall and 27 percent (4 of 15) on treys, while burying 73 percent (16 of 22) of its free throws.

Cami Davis led TLU with 18 points while Presley Stephens also reached double figures with a dozen.

The Lady Jackets are back in action at 7 p.m. Tuesday as they visit another Division I program, Lamar, for their fourth game in five days.