(November 19, 2017) — – Tarleton State (3-1) dominated the beginning and end of the first half to seize control, then kept Regis (Colo.) (0-3) at arm’s length throughout the second half of a 55-42 win Sunday inside Kitty McGee Arena at Texas Woman’s University in Denton.
The TexAnns are heading west to Lubbock for their third game in four days. They visit Lubbock Christian at the Rip Griffin Center at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
McKinley Bostad led the way Sunday, scoring 18 points on 6-8 shooting including 3-3 from 3 in each team’s final game in the Best Western Pioneer Classic that began on Saturday.
Tarleton led 14-2 early on, thanks largely to Lone Star Conference preseason player of the year Mackenzie Hailey, who made her first five shot attempts on her way to 13 points.
A prolonged rally by Regis left the TexAnns clinging to a 3-point lead until Bostad scored five during a 10-0 run to end the first half leading 33-20.
Tarleton maintained a double-digit advantage while points were at a premium in the second half. After Regis pulled within eight with 1:31 remaining, Bostad scored her final three points and Kylie Collins made four consecutive free throws to put the win on ice.
Tarleton had 10 steals and limited winless Regis to just 31.4 percent from the floor including 19 percent from the arc, a necessary defensive effort with Regis owning more than a 2-to-1 rebounding advantage – 46 boards to 22 – and turning the ball over just 11 times, four less than Tarleton despite all the TexAnn steals.
In the second half, the teams combined to shoot 26.6 percent, going 16-60. TexAnns other than Collins were 2-6 from the foul stripe, while Regis was 0-8 from outside the arc.
Tarleton has nine days between the LCU trip and the opening of conference play. The TexAnns visit Midwestern State in Wichita Falls on Thursday, November 30.
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