The Mustangs whipped Tarleton State for the fourth time this season claiming a 91-79 victory Friday afternoon at Brownson Arena.
MSU (25-5) moves on to face Metro State (Colo.) in the semifinal round Saturday at 6 p.m. (Central Time). The Roadrunners claimed a 58-55 win over St. Mary's (Texas).
The Mustangs got just what it needed from sophomore forward Andrea Carter, who notched her 16th double-double of the season with a season-high 23 points while pulling down 16 rebounds.
Carter's effort nullified another great performance by Tarleton State's Kiara Wright. The junior forward from Pittsburg tallied 26 of her game-high 30 points in the second half.
The effort helped the TexAnns equalize a hot start by the Mustangs, who blistered the nets at a 61.6-percent clip in the opening help and led by as many as 18 when Lisa Hampton drilled her second trey of the half to give MSU a 44-26 edge 1:26 before intermission.
Tarleton State may not have been that close if it wasn't for a career effort by Brianna Bledsoe, who knocked down five first-half treys to net 17 of her 19 points in the opening half.
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