TexAnns go out in style on Senior Night
By Todd Coley—
No. 3 ranked West Texas A&M brought its 21-1 record to Wisdom Gym tonight and left 21-2. The TexAnns put on a winning thriller 71-69 in front of their home crowd in the seniors’ last home game of their college sports careers.
West Texas A&M came into the game fired up and opened up on a 5-0 run but Tarleton would put on their own 8-2 run to get up on the Lady Buffs. From there, it was a back and forth game that went down to the final seconds.
The TexAnns enjoyed an eight point lead at half leading the Lady Buffs 32-24 but the Lady Buffs came out of the locker room ready for revenge. Less than three minutes into the second half, the Lady Buffs had tied the game at 35 and went back and forth with Tarleton the rest of the way. With just 4:27 to play, the TexAnns had a six point lead but the Lady Buffs came back and, with under a minute to go, it was anyone’s game.
The last 50 seconds of the game seemed to last an eternity as the Lady Buffs tried to stay in it but the TexAnns were able to make just enough plays. With just 3.5 seconds remaining, the Lady Buffs had the ball and a chance to win but after pushing the ball down the court, they found themselves out of time and tasting defeat for only the second time this season.
Kiara Wright put in a vintage performance scoring 25 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. Wright left Wisdom Gym with a very familiar double double showing. For Senior Night, the three seniors had strong performances. Besides Wright’s double double, Brianna Bledsoe added 10 points and Shanae Lowrance had five points and six rebounds.
The TexAnns take to the road for their final two regular season games as they will face Eastern New Mexico University and Texas A&M University-Commerce. Tip in Portales is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday.