GOODWELL – St. Gregory's Kelsie Howgard continued her recent string of solid play, but the Cavaliers couldn't overcome a rough shooting night in a 57-51 loss Friday night at Panhandle State. SGU dropped its second consecutive contest – both single-digit road defeats.
Howgard, a junior from Menifee, Calif., netted a game-high 16 points to go along with eight rebounds. It was her third straight double-digit scoring effort. Howgard is averaging 15.3 points, 7.7 boards and 2.7 assists over her last three contests.
SGU (2-4) led by as many as eight in the first quarter, but the Aggies swayed the momentum with a 6-0 spurt at the end of the second to go up 30-27 at intermission. OPSU put on the defensive clamps from there, holding the Cavs to only 2-for-15 from the field in the third to extend its advantage to 42-31 entering the fourth.
The home team's lead stretched to as many as 13 in the final period. Down 55-44 with 1:06 remaining, SGU cut its deficit to six with a 7-2 run that was capped by a Danielle Butler trey. But it was too little, too late for the Cavs.
Howgard was one of three SGU players in double figures. Kylee Tatum tallied 15 points, while Butler added 10 after a 4-for-5 shooting night. Chelsea Exum pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds. Darby Price's 11-point, 16-rebound night highlighted OPSU's scoring.
SGU struggled from the floor, finishing at 30 percent for the game. The Aggies' 14-6 edge on the offensive boards led to a 12-2 advantage in second-chance points.
St. Gregory's hosts Langston November 29. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Sumner Field House.