01.23.2009 - [Women's Basketball]
Workman scored ten points and pulled down 14 rebounds
BIG SPRING, Texas - The South Plains College Lady Texans fell to 4-2 in Western Junior College Athletic Conference play Thursday night falling to Howard College 62-55. South Plains is now 17-5 overall on the season.
Much of the first half was tight with six lead changes in the first fifteen minutes. With 5:08 to go in the first half the score was tied, 16-16. Unfortunately for the Lady Texans, Howard College was able to go on a 14-2 run to end the half with the score 30-18.
The first twelve minutes of the second half was played pretty evenly
with the Lady Texans still trailing by eleven points. With 7:13 to go
in the game Chasity Workman made a layup to pull South Plains to within
nine. Forty seconds later sophomore post Taniqua Ards threw a pass to
Dayon Hall-Jones who nailed a three pointer to make the score 46-40.
After Howard College converted a field goal to extend the lead to
eight, Taniqua Ards converted twice on the other end, making it 48-44
with 4:29 to go in the game. Rachel Gray then fouled Howard's Patricia
Malouff, who went to the charity strip and converted both free throws.
On the other end of the court Dayon Hall-Jones nailed another big three
and was fouled on the attempt to set up a four point play, which she
converted to pull the Lady Texans within two with 4:06 left in
regulation. The Lady Hawks were not about to give up as they answered
with a clutch three pointer of their own to build a five point lead.
With 3:34 to go Taniqua Ards scored the last of her game high 18 points
to again narrow the Lady Texan deficit. Rachel Gray was sent to the
charity stripe and missed a free throw with less than three minutes
left on the clock. Dayon Hall-Jones pulled down her only rebound of
the game and converted a basket, making the score 53-52. With neither
team scoring for the next ninety seconds Howard's Clarissa Krum
converted her final field goal of the night to extend her teams lead to
three. South Plains would once again narrow that lead to two points
before running out of time and falling for the second time in three
Lubbock native Taniqua Ards once again led the Lady Texans in scoring
with a game high of 18. Dayon Hall-Jones add 14, while Chasity Workman
recorded a double-double with ten points and tied a season high with 14
The Lady Texans will look to rebound when they face New Mexico Junior
College on Monday in Hobbs, New Mexico. Head coach Michelle Wyatt will
be looking for her 100th career win as coach of the Lady Texans as she
boasts a career record of 99-12. South Plains and New Mexico are
scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. (MST) tipoff and the game will be aired live
on KLVT 1230 AM and www.hprnetwork.com.