By Travis M. Smith—
After Tarleton State’s latest victory at home over Eastern New Mexico, head coach Misty Wilson notched her fifteenth victory, surpassing former head coach Ronnie Hearne’s rookie record of fourteen.
The TexAnns sit in fourth place in the Lone Star Conference with one conference game to play in the regular season. TSU will travel to McMurray for a non-conference game before hosting TAMU-Commerce at home to close out conference play on Feb. 28. The TexAnns crushed McMurray by 27 points, 64-37, in the first meeting this season and fell to the Lions of TAMU-Commerce 84-77.
The road loss to Commerce came after the TexAnns took an 11-point lead into the locker rooms at the end of the first half. Raven McGrath led all scorers with 22 points, including four three’s, five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Karli Moore (12), Bailey Wipff (9), Ikpeaku Iwobi (9), Morgan Ashmore (9), and Kathy Thomas (8) all contributed in the seven-point loss.
The shooting went cold from the floor in the second half of the contest shooting with just 30.9 percent from the field after the break, and 36.6 percent from the field for the game.
The TexAnns have won three of their last four games, and are outscoring the opposition 278-248 over that stretch. Their lone loss came on the road to No. 4 West Texas A&M, 76-63. Tarleton State nearly upset WTAMU at home earlier this season, falling to the Lady Buffs 87-86 in overtime at Wisdom Gym.
The TexAnns will look to improve upon their second-place finish in the LSC tournament last season, when they travel to Allen on March 4-7. Seeding is not yet set, but if TSU wins its final regular season matchup against TAMU-Commerce, they will enter the tournament as the fourth seed.
Tickets for the LSC tournament are on sale at the Wisdom Gym ticket booth.