Tarleton Women’s Basketball drops physical affair to No. 8 A&M-Commerce

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STEPHENVILLE – In arguably Tarleton’s most physical game of the young season, the Texan Women’s Basketball team suffered a 72-63 loss to No. 8 Texas A&M-Commerce in Wisdom Gym Saturday afternoon.

The game began with a low-scoring first quarter as Tarleton jumped out to a quick 6-3 lead and went into the second quarter locked in a 10-10 tie. In the second quarter, Commerce took a four-point edge in the first 16 seconds but Tarleton answered back to take a five-point lead with 2:48 left in the half.

Commerce struck back and tied things up, but Alexa Hoy drilled a triple from the wing with 34 seconds left to send Tarleton into the half on top 36-33. Tarleton forced 11 turnovers in the first half while committing only five to spark the first-half lead.

The Lions outscored Tarleton 21-10 in the third quarter to send the game to its final frame with Commerce on top 54-46 but Tarleton would not back down from the challenge. Mackenzie Hailey hit a free throw and a three-ball in the first minute of the fourth to bring Tarleton within four at 54-50.

Tarleton pulled as close as two on a fast-break layup from Kaitlyn Guillory from Alexa Hoy. On the ensuing possession, a close call on a defensive play from Callie Boyles went in Commerce’s favor and led to a free throw that started 9-0 Lion run over the next 1:32. That would prove to be too much to overcome as the Texans could only pull within nine.

Mackenzie Hailey recorded her 28th career double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds. The senior from Burleson was 7-14 from the floor and 3-3 from downtown. She also added two blocks and three steals.

Alexa Hoy also cracked double figures with 17 points. Guillory (8), Boyles (6), Marissa Escamilla (6), Kandyn Faurie (4), and Lucy Benson (2) rounded out the Tarleton scoring.

The Texans will return to action on New Year’s Eve against McMurry at 2 p.m. in Wisdom Gym.


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