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Equestrian Drops Match Against Cowgirls

Nicole Brown earned her sixth MVP of the season when she won in Fences against OSU.

Nicole Brown earned her sixth MVP of the season when she won in Fences against OSU.

Nov. 18, 2007

WACO, Texas -

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Baylor's equestrian team closed out its fall schedule on Sunday, Nov. 18 with a 12-8 home loss to the undefeated Oklahoma State Cowgirls at the Willis Family Equestrian Center.

Baylor saw its three-match win streak halted while Oklahoma State remained a perfect 6-0 on the season. Baylor finished fall competition with a 3-5 mark.

The competition, which featured a series of head-to-head match ups, was tied 5-5 after the Hunter Seat events and Baylor was down by one after Western Horsemanship. However, the Cowgirls proved to be too strong in the Reining event and secured the win for Oklahoma State.

In the first event of the day, Equitation Over Fences, Baylor edged the Cowgirls 3-2 with wins by Heather Healy, Kendra Vicary and Nicole Brown. Brown's 83-point ride earned her MVP honors, her sixth of the season. The roles were reversed in Equitation on the Flat when OSU prevailed 3-2. Baylor's two points came from Cara Wilson and Beth Banister. The Cowgirls' Sam Collinsworth garnered MVP honors with 76 points.

Entering Western Horsemanship, the match was tied at 5-5. Allison Orosz and Missy Gonzalez tacked on two points for the Bears while LeeAnna McNally of OSU won MVP honors with 78 points. The Cowgirls scored four points in Reining but MVP honors went to Baylor's Madelyn Mooney with a score of 72 on Nic.

In exhibition competition, OSU defeated the Bears 7-1 in Hunter Seat competition with Shelby White scoring for Baylor in Fences with a score of 84 on Topper. Baylor outscored OSU 3-1 in Western riding with Anna Bowers and Kim Marlowe taking MVP honors in Horsemanship and Reining, respectively. Morgan Williams also tallied a point for Baylor in Reining.

"Oklahoma State has a very strong team in both English and Western, that's why they're undefeated," said Baylor head coach Ellen White. "English could have been stronger, our go-to girls were a little off today. We made some mistakes on Fences that cost us."

"The Western riders rode strong today. We had two mistakes in Reining that really cost us," said assistant coach Trista Armstrong.



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