LSC women's tournament quarterfinals: Tarleton State edges MSU Texas, Texas A&M-Commerce outlasts Eastern New Mexico

Tarleton State 62 MSU Texas 61

FRISCO - - The MSU Texas Mustangs was a team that had struggled when facing a deficit during the season. Tarleton State took advantage of seven Mustangs turnovers in their first 10 possessions of the second quarter to take an eight-point lead into halftime.

The Mustangs would not go without a fight in the second half as they outscored Tarleton State 21-12 in the third quarter and took a 46-45 lead into the fourth quarter. Hannah Reynolds scored 11 of her 14 points and grabbed four of her six rebounds during the third quarter comeback.

Tarleton State would answer as McKinley Bostad nailed two three-point attempts and the Mustangs Chelcie Kizart was called for an offensive foul with 4.3 seconds remaining in the game as the TexAnns would escape with a thrilling 62-61 win in the Lone Star Conference quarterfinals.

Tarleton State (22-7) advances to the LSC semifinals where they will play either Texas Woman’s or Angelo State on Saturday night at 8:30 p.m.

“I usually ask them a question when I go in the locker room (at halftime). I said I’ll tell you my word is panic,” said MSU Texas head coach Noel Johnson. “We need to not panic and how you do that is you go back to the details of the game and you go back to your habits.”

“I want to give Midwestern a lot of credit,” said Tarleton State head coach Misty Wilson. “(MSU Texas) came out with a great game plan and did a really good job of executing that for 40 minutes. I have a ton of respect for coach Johnson and the things that she does there and the type of kids that she has.”

McKinley Bostad led all scorers with 22 points while All-LSC first team performer Mackenzie Hailey added 15 points and seven rebounds for the TexAnns.

Midwestern State’s season ends with a 12-16 overall record and plenty of optimism heading into next season after finishing with four wins in their final five games of the regular season and only two seniors (Chelcie Kizart and Annie Scholl) on the roster.

Angelo State 85 Texas Woman’s 57

FRISCO - - Angelo State looked the part of a team ready to play in the NCAA DII South Central Regional next weekend as they dominated Texas Woman’s from start to finish 85-57 in the quarterfinals of the Lone Star Conference tournament.

The Belles (23-4) advance to play Tarleton State in the conference semifinals on Saturday night at 8:30 p.m.

Angelo State was dominating in all phases of the game as they outscored Texas Woman’s 27-0 on fast break points and outrebounded the Pioneers 48-38.

“We really were focused this week going into this game. Our energy and our positivity going into this game was through the roof,” said Angelo State head coach Renae Shippy. “Offense is really flowing for us right now and I was happy to see it in the first game.”

Angelo State was led by the Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Year Marquita Daniels. The senior guard from Atlanta recorded a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds.

Dezirae Hampton scored 17 points while Asia Davis added 15 points and Catara Samuel chipped in 14 points for the Belles.

All-LSC second team performer Carissa Moody recorded a double-double for Texas Woman’s with 10 points and 16 rebounds.

Ma’K’La Woods added 12 points and London Archer scored 10 points and secured nine rebounds for the Pioneers.

Texas Woman’s season ends with a 10-19 overall record. The Pioneers have much to look forward to after an injury riddled season.

Texas Woman’s head coach Beth Jillson discussed her outlook moving forward.

“They’re (Carissa Moody and London Archer) going to be a huge piece for our team,” said Jillson. “This certainly does not define us. There’s been so many times this year I’ve been proud of this team. We had three surgeries this year (to key players including seniors). I’m very proud of different players who’ve stepped up throughout the year. I feel confident that next year and the year’s following we’re going to see that (impact).”

West Texas A&M 74 Texas A&M-Kingsville 51

FRISCO - - West Texas A&M is a team that has team aspirations that extend far beyond the Lone Star Conference tournament. Winning the Lone Star Conference tournament would be a boost to accomplishing their goals.

The Lady Buffs took the first step with a resounding 74-51 win over a Texas A&M-Kingsville team that had given them trouble in both games played earlier this season.

West Texas A&M (26-3) advances to play the winner of the Texas A&M-Commerce / Eastern New Mexico game on Saturday night at 6 p.m. in the Lone Star Conference Semifinals.

“We thought it was a good first round game for us (and) a good challenge for us. I thought overall we shot the ball really well especially in the fourth quarter,” said West Texas A&M head coach Kristen Mattio

West Texas A&M dominated points in the paint as they held a 44-22 edge over the Javelinas.

Texas A&M-Kingsville kept fighting the entire game. Down 22 points early in the third quarter the Javelinas cut the lead to 10 points entering the fourth quarter. The Lady Buffs would go on another run to ice the game.

West Texas A&M was led by LSC Player of the Year Lexy Hightower who scored a game high 18 points. Hightower admitted she was on a mission to prove she deserved the award.

“I want to prove it. I don’t want to just come out here and lose. I’ve got to come out here and prove it to everyone that I want to win and that I want this team to win,” said Hightower.

Nathalie Linden added 13 points while Abby Spurgin had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds and Megan Gamble chipped in 11 points for the Lady Buffs.

Texas A&M-Kingsville was led by Ravae Payne who scored 14 points while Kristina Kana added 11 points and Bri-Anna Soliz contributed 10 points for the Javelinas.

The Javelinas season ends with a 9-19 overall record but Scott has a lot to look forward to next season with only two seniors on the roster.

“I think we have some good core (players) back and we get some people back from injury and see how that helps with the depth, but I think we’re off to a good start,” said Scott

Texas A&M-Commerce 77 Eastern New Mexico 70

FRISCO - - Texas A&M-Commerce was leading by 17 points heading into the fourth quarter of their Lone Star Conference quarterfinal game against Eastern New Mexico. The Lions had to feel confident in their chances to finish the win and earn a big victory for their NCAA DII South Central Regional chances.

Eastern New Mexico had other plans as they mounted a furious rally in the fourth quarter pulling within two points with 57 seconds remaining in regulation. 

Texas A&M-Commerce and Princess Davis was able to respond and hold on for a 77-70 win over the Greyhounds.

With a two-point lead and 57 seconds on the clock Davis would hit a running jumper in the lane at the end of the shot clock and two free throws on the Lions next possession to push the lead back to six.

Texas A&M-Commerce (20-9) advances to the LSC semifinals where they will face West Texas A&M on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Second team All-LSC selection Princess Davis led all scorers with 25 points for the Lions. Alexus Jones added 14 points and Chania Wright contributed 13 points for Texas A&M-Commerce.

Davis talked about her motivation coming into the tournament.

“I felt a lot (of motivation after being on the second team All-LSC). That’s all I needed honestly. I know where I belong so I’m just going to show everybody,” said Davis.

Senior Treyanna Clay was outstanding again for Eastern New Mexico as she scored 14 points and secured eight rebounds.

“She’s (Treyanna Clay) one of the best, if not the best, player I’ve ever coached and I’m not even talking about on the court. This young lady is one of the finest young ladies I’ve ever been around off the court,” Eastern New Mexico head coach Josh Prock said about his senior leader. “The reason why we have such great chemistry and we are where we are is because of this young lady.”

Alivia Lewis added a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds while Shelby Jones added 10 points for the Greyhounds.

Eastern New Mexico (19-10) now awaits the selection show on Sunday night to see if they will play in the NCAA DII South Central Regional next weekend.

“I think these kids deserve to be in. I feel like we have a good chance, but it’s kind of out of (our) hands now,” said Prock.

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