Bostad’s offense, Faurie’s defense carry Tarleton to LSC semis for fourth straight year

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FRISCO – McKinley Bostad scored the final seven points and drained a pair of 3-pointers in the closing minutes and Kandyn Faurie took a charge on the defensive end in the final seconds to lift Tarleton to the Lone Star Conference semifinals with a 62-61 win over MSU Texas on Friday at the Comerica Center.

The TexAnns (22-7) advance to the semifinals for the fourth straight season and will take on the winner of Angelo State and Texas Woman’s on Saturday, March 9 at 8:30 p.m. The TexAnns are looking to make their third straight appearance in the LSC finals.

Bostad scored a game-high 22 points, but her six points in the final minutes are what won the game for Tarleton. Bostad’s first three was with the game tied at 55-55 with 3:56 on the clock for a 3-point lead, while the following 3-pointer gave the TexAnns a four-point advantage on the next possession. They were the only 3-pointers of the game for the TexAnns. The senior all-conference guard also posted three blocks and three steals on the defensive end.

Leading 62-61 with 10 seconds left, MSU Texas drove to the left side and Faurie, who’s playing in her first LSC postseason game as a true freshman, stepped in front of a driving Mustang and took the charge with four seconds left, giving the TexAnns the ball and the win. Fauire had four points and three assists in 18 minutes off the bench.

Before the game came down to the final possession, it appeared Tarleton was well on its way to a one-sided win as the TexAnns led 33-25 at halftime and by as much as 10 points in the third quarter.

The Mustangs were able to get back into the game after outscoring the TexAnns 21-12 in the third quarter, even though the TexAnns led for 31 of the 40 minutes.

Mackenzie Hailey, who has an LSC Tournament MVP on her resume from her freshman year, stepped up big on both ends of the court, as the junior all-conference forward posted 15 points, grabbed seven rebounds and came away with four steals.

All-conference seniors Katie Webster and Kaylee Allen combined for 15 points with Allen posting nine points and Webster adding six points. Webster had seven rebounds and a game-high six assists.

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