SAN ANGELO – Tarleton Women’s Basketball couldn’t hold onto a late lead as No. 20 Angelo State avoided the home upset with a 63-60 win on Thursday in the Junell Center.
The TexAnns (13-6, 6-5) were outscored 24-14 in the fourth quarter as the Rambelles (15-2, 10-1) closed on a 7-3 run over the final minute. The TexAnns led for 20 minutes in the game that featured nine lead changes and six ties.
Kaylee Allen led Tarleton with 18 points while McKinley Bostad had 15 points as the only two Tarleton players in double figures. The TexAnns shot 33 percent from the floor and 38 percent from 3-point range, with Allen hitting four of the team’s six 3-pointers.
After Angelo State led 18-15 through one quarter, the TexAnns took the momentum in the second, outscoring the Rambelles 19-10 in that frame. Katie Webster’s jumper gave the TexAnns their first lead since the opening points of the game at 24-23. Allen and Bostad followed with back-to-back 3-pointers for a five-point lead at 30-25 with four minutes left in the half. The TexAnns scored a pair of buckets in the final minute to take a 34-28 lead at the break.
The Rambelle’s made it a 2-point game in the third quarter when the TexAnns responded with a 5-0 run for their largest lead of the game at seven, 46-39 with 2:32 left in the third, which was the lead they took heading into the fourth quarter.
The TexAnns led for the first five minutes of the fourth quarter before going back and forth with the Rambelles. Mackenzie Hailey, who had nine points in the game, had a pair of buckets in the fourth quarter, one that gave the TexAnns a 53-52 lead and the other to cut the game to one on a 3-pointer at the top of the arc with 40 seconds left. Angelo State’s Marquitta Daniels, the reigning LSC Player of the Year, scored the final seven points for the Rambelles.
Webster, Lucy Benson and Nina Alvarez each had four points for the TexAnns while Kylie Collins, Destiney Winkfield and Hannah Hyde each had two points.
Tarleton will travel to Texas A&M-Kingsville to close out the road trip on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 2 p.m.