LONGVIEW — The Howard Payne Lady Jackets completed their two-week American Southwest Conference road swing without a victory, dropping their fourth consecutive outing 73-52 to LeTourneau Saturday afternoon.
With the loss, the Lady Jackets are now 6-10 overall and 2-5 in ASC action, leaving themselves in a three-way tie with McMurry and Sul Ross for fourth place in the West Division standings. The top four teams advance to the conference tournament.
Meanwhile, LeTourneau improved to 4-2 in league play and 8-7 overall, good for third place in the ASC East.
In Saturday's contest, the Lady Jackets led 13-11 after one quarter but found themselves in a 32-28 hole at halftime. LeTourneau stretched its lead to 57-40 through three periods and outscored the Lady Jackets by four points in the fourth.
LeTourneau shot just 35 percent (26 of 74) for the game, but drained 43 percent (9 of 21) of its third-quarter shots, including a pair of three-pointers, and converted 5 of 6 free throws. LeTourneau also committed just three turnovers the entire game and owned a 50-47 edge in rebounds.
Howard Payne, meanwhile, knocked down just 29 percent (16 of 56) of its field goal attempts, only 21 percent (4 of 21) of its three-pointers and a mere 64 percent (16 of 25) of it free throws. The Lady Jackets also lost 17 turnovers which resulted in 22 LeTourneau points.
The third period was the worst of the day for the Lady Jackets, as they sank just 17 percent (2 of 12) of their shots and missed all four three-point tries. But HPU did tally half of its 16 successful free throws in the frame, drilling 8 of 12 attempts.
Anastasia Willis finished with a team-high 12 points for Howard Payne while Salina Ali was the only other Lady Jacket to reach double figures with 10. Lily Janek contributed eight points trailed by seven from Bria Neal, five from Chelsey Harris, three each from Mallory Garcia and Julissa Ibarra and two points apiece by Delaney Ingram and Catlyn Ward.
For LeTourneau, Keauna Whitfield led the charge with 17 points followed by 14 from Micayla Mikulski, 12 from Malacia Guy and 11 from Vanessa Cruz.
The Lady Jackets return home to the Brownwood Coliseum, where they own a 2-2 record, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday as they host Ozarks (5-11, 0-7) — coming off a 75-67 loss to Louisiana College.