Dustdevils use big run to bury Midwestern, 84-75

- Texas A&M International's Samantha Chacon ripped the nets for 25 points to lead the red-hot shooting Dustdevils to an 84-75 win over 10th-ranked Midwestern State Tuesday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

TAMIU send the Mustangs to their second straigth defeat as MSU fell to 1-2, while the Dustdevils claimed victory in their season opener.

Midwestern opens the Ashbrook Classic presented by Comfort Inn play Friday night against Southern Nazarene. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. The Mustangs close the weekend Saturday against Southeastern Oklahoma State.

Texas A&M International buried the Mustangs with a 27-2 run which included a 19-2 burst before intermission after a Kirsti Degelia 3-pointer gave the Mustangs a brief 28-27 lead with 5:15 to go in the opening half.

But TAMIU's Tina Dang, who finished with 14 points and three 3-pointers off of the bench, hit a pair of treys before the end of the half and Chacon added a triple and a transition layup to give the Dustdevils a 46-30 edge at the break.

A&M International shot 55.2 percent in the opening half including a 6-of-10 clip from the arc then scored the first eight points of the second half to extend the advantage to 54-30 before Skyler Warrick connected on a pair of free throws to stem the tide momentarily.

Then TAMIU's Jessica Woo scored seven points over two-minute stretch to help the Dustdevils construct their largest lead of the night at 65-37 with 14:50 to play.

The Mustangs battled back to slice the lead into single digits using a 12-1 run to pull within 76-67 on a Lisa Hampton jumper with 1:44 to play, but that's as close as the Mustangs would get.

Junior guard Dianna Jones led MSU with 16 points on 5-of-11 shooting including a pair of 3-pointers, while Degelia turned in a season-best 15 points with five assists and four steals in 28 minutes off of the bench.

Senior forward Andrea Carter pitched 11 points and eight rebounds while Hampton finished with 10 points on a pair of 3-pointers.

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