TexAnns control MSU to even LSC mark

Tatum scores career-high 13 to lead way

Sophomore guard Tiara Tatum scored a career-high 13 points off the bench for Tarleton State Wednesday. || Photo courtesy NATE BURAL/Tarleton Athletics

By BRAD KEITH

TheFlashToday.com

STEPHENVILLE (February 3, 2016) — Tarleton State outscored Midwestern State by 15 points from the foul stripe and dominated the backboards to avenge a prior Lone Star Conference loss with a 63-49 win at Wisdom Gym Wednesday.

Tarleton (11-9, 5-5) was 20-29 from the foul stripe and MSU (4-16, 3-7) just 5-14. The TexAnns out-rebounded the Mustangs, 44-29, and picked up a big boost off the bench – 25-6 scoring advantage – including a career-best 13 points by sophomore guard Tiara Tatum.

Joining Tatum in double figures was Breanna Fuller with 12 points and seven boards and Bailey Wipff with 11 points.


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The 44 rebounds are the second most in LSC play by the TexAnns, who collected 46 boards in a conference-opening loss to Cameron. They visit Cameron at 2 p.m. Saturday in Lawton, Oklahoma.

Tarleton had to fight off a 21-point night by MSU star Whitney Taylor, who scored in double figures for the ninth straight game.

MSU had an 8-2 run to make things interesting in the second half, closing what was 15-point Tarleton lead after the opening basket of the third quarter to just 39-31. The TexAnns regathered themselves and answered with a 9-2 run to lead 48-33 entering the fourth. Five different TexAnns scored during the run, and the lead grew to 18 on two occasions in the fourth.


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Contributions from Tatum have continued to increase, and she was the best player on the court over the final five minutes of the first half, which culminated in her buzzer-beating 3-pointer for a 33-20 Tarleton advantage at intermission. Tatum at 10 at half, matching her previous career high for a game.

Hear Tatum discuss her performance and the team’s here:

Tarleton grabbed the lead two minutes into the game and never relinquished it. Morgan Ashmore scored four early points and Tatum knocked down her first two to make it 11-4 early on.

MSU closed the gap to 17-13 early in the first quarter, but Tarleton used a 8-2 run – including five points by Tatum – to stretch the advantage back to 25-15.


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