By BRAD KEITH
STEPHENVILLE (February 11, 2015) — Tarleton State took the lead for good with a 10-0 first-half run, then blew Angelo State away early in the second half of a Lone Star Conference game at Wisdom Gym Wednesday evening.
Tarleton (13-8, 6-6) had 13 different scorers in the 68-46 rout of the Rambelles (6-15, 1-10), led by senior guard Kathy Thomas with 12. Tarleton shot 45.5 percent from the floor and outscored ASU 24-15 off turnovers and 12-2 on the fast break while limiting the Rambelles to just 33.3 percent from the floor.
The TexAnns avoided a third straight LSC loss and handed ASU its 11th loss in 12 games.
Tarleton started slow, but that didn’t last long. Trailing 13-11, Tarleton began its key first half run with a jumper by Karli Moore. Thomas scored four points during the run, which gave the TexAnns a 21-13 lead.
“We were turning the ball over early, and they weren’t really forced turnovers. We were just trying to force things instead of reversing the ball,” said Thomas. When we started running our offense and moving the ball, everything was better.”
Travanti Downes hit a pair of baseline jumpers in the closing moments of the half, and Tarleton held a 30-22 advantage at the break.
Turns out, the TexAnns were just warming up, and an even bigger run was coming.
It was 33-24 after Lipan product and ASU freshman Shauna Coleman scored early in the half, but the TexAnns scored 17 of the next 19 to blow it open. Moore started this run, too. Then Thomas simply took over.
The senior guard from Detroit hit a pair of free throws, converted an old-fashion 3-point play then came out of a media timeout and drained a 3-pointer for an overwhelming 43-26 advantage.
“(Tarleton head coach Misty Wilson) told us we needed to run the floor better, so we did in the second half,” said Thomas.
Meagan O’Dell concluded the big run with a jumper in the paint, and the lead eventually swelled to as many as 25 with 6:39 to go.
Tarleton played its reserves down the stretch, with Thomas and other starters resting comfortably and cheering their young teammates on.
“It’s always fun when those girls get to play, because they don’t get in there much,” said Thomas. “We just wanted to cheer them on and show them we support them the same way they do us.”
Tarleton visits Texas A&M-Kingsville on Saturday.