Career Highs from Collins, Faurie Lift Texans Over Eagles


OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Tarleton women’s basketball (10-4, 4-4 LSC) secured their fourth conference win of the season in a thriller over Oklahoma Christian, 58-57, on Thursday night. Senior Kylie Collins and sophomore Kandyn Faurie captured career-highs in points with 15 and 13, respectively.

Tarleton got on the board midway through the first quarter with a layup from Alexa Hoy, ending a 6-0 opening run by Oklahoma Christian. A two sets of free throws from Faurie and Mackenzie Hailey cut the Eagles’ lead to two, 8-6, with 2:16 to play in the opening quarter. Both teams traded shots to end the first 10 minutes of the match-up with a score of 12-8, Eagles. 

Two straight layups from Marissa Escamilla and Hailey put the Texans within one of the Eagles, 17-16, at the six-minute mark of the second quarter. A late hot streak from Oklahoma Christian started a 12-0 run, which was ended by a trey from Hailey, to end the half with a nine point Eagles’ advantage, 28-19.

Hailey led Tarleton with seven points and four rebounds in the first half. Faurie also added four rebounds in the first 20 minutes of play. Six different Texans recorded a steal to help force 15 Eagle turnovers. 

A three-point play from Hailey opened the second half scoring for the Texans. At the eight-minute mark, a second-chance jumper from Hailey closed the OC gap to four, 28-24. A deep three-pointer from Collins pulled the Texans within three, 30-27, at 7:36. Another wide open three for the senior put the game within five with five minutes remaining, 35-30. With under two minutes to play, Collins scored yet another trey assisted by Hailey to put the score at 39-36. A pair of free throws from Escamilla pull the Texans within one at the end of the third, 39-38.

Faurie fired the Texans’ offense up in the fourth quarter, scoring 11 of her career-high 13 points in the final 10 minutes of the game. She hit her first three of the game, and third of the season, at 6:55, keeping the Texans within striking distance of the Eagles. A Hailey steal turned into an Escamilla layup to give the Texans their first lead of the game, 45-44, at 6:29. Three straight scores from Faurie propelled the Texans’ lead to four, 54-50, with less than three minutes remaining. The Eagles began to make a comeback, but were unable to overcome the gap. 

Collins’ career-high of 15 points led all scorers in the match-up. The senior also added four rebounds, three steals, and two assists. Faurie also scored her career-high of 13 points on 50% field goal and 50% three-point shooting.

Hailey (14), Escamilla (8), Callie Boyles (4), Hoy (2), and Erin Brumley (2) rounded out the scoring for the Texans.

The Texans will seek their fifth straight win as they travel to Arkansas to battle Fort Smith on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. for another Lone Star Conference match-up.

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