ODESSA – Tarleton women’s basketball closed out the regular season with its third straight win, topping UT Permian Basin 69-56 on the road.
The TexAnns will head to the Lone Star Conference championship tournament with a 21-7 record overall and 14-6 in conference.
The TexAnns entered the day in a three-way tie with Eastern New Mexico and Texas A&M-Commerce for third in the conference standings. With today’s win and the LSC tiebreaker, the TexAnns earn the No. 3 seed in the tournament and will take on MSU Texas, who the TexAnns swept the season series with, on Friday, March 7 at noon at the Comerica Center in Frisco.
McKinley Bostad led all players with a game-high 19 points and was one of four TexAnns to top double figures in scoring. Kaylee Allen posted 14 points while Katie Webster and Mackenzie Hailey each had 12 points. Webster grabbed a season-high 13 rebounds for her fifth career double-double. The senior also had a game-high three steals.
The TexAnn defense held an opponent to under 35 percent shooting for the second straight game, as they held the Falcons to 31 percent shooting on the game.
A 9-0 run to start the game helped the TexAnns to a 17-10 lead after one quarter. UTPB scored nine of the next 11 points to cut the deficit to two, but the TexAnns closed the quarter with four straight points from Bostad and Webster to lead 17-10 after one quarter.
The Falcons took a brief lead in the second quarter behind a 12-0 run to go up 22-19. The TexAnns scored the next nine points on 3-pointers from Hannah Hyde and Allen and never trailed again. Tarleton led 35-31 at half.
After outscoring the Falcons by three in the third quarter, the TexAnns started to pull away in the fourth. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Bostad gave the TexAnns their first double-digit lead of the game as part of an 8-0 run to go up 62-48. Bostad and Allen each made three 3-pointers on the game. The TexAnns led by as much as 17 late in the fourth quarter.
Bostad, Allen, Webster and Hailey combined to score 57 of the team’s 69 points and outscoring the entire UTPB team by one. Kylie Collins had five points and three assists, giving the starting five a combined 62 points. Off the bench, Hannah Hyde had four points, Kandyn Faurie scored two points and Nina Alvarez had one point.