WICHITA FALLS - The MSU Mustangs connected early and often against Texas Woman's, rolling to a 79-65 victory at D.L. Ligon Coliseum on Thursday. Midwestern State improves to 10-6 on the season, 7-3 in Lone Star Conference play and 7-2 at home.
MSU's Micheline Mercelita had her most dominant rebounding performance of the season with 20 boards, marking the first 20+ rebound game in the Lone Star Conference this season and the fourth-most in program history. The senior forward was the seventh player to record 20 rebounds in a game and the first since Andrea Carter had 20 against Texas Wesleyan on Nov. 18, 2014.
The Mustangs closed the first quarter on a 14-2 run over the final 4:42 to take a 25-14 lead into the second. MSU held the Pioneers to 35.0 percent from the field, aided by three rejections, including a pair from freshman forward Hannah Reynolds.
Midwestern State continued to light it up in the second quarter to take a 50-30 lead into the locker room, marking a new season-high for points in a half.
In the second half, the Maroon and Gold continued to maintain the pressure on TWU to secure the victory. The Mustangs led by at least 10 points for the entirety of the second half to roll to the 14 point win.