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Hampton, Mustangs bury Eastern New Mexico, 75-44

Midwestern State made a simple change to the starting lineup to cure its recent shooting woes Saturday afternoon against Eastern New Mexico.
Midwestern State made a simple change to the starting lineup to cure its recent shooting woes Saturday afternoon against Eastern New Mexico.

Junior guard Lisa Hampton, who was making her second start of the season, pounded the nets for four 3-pointers and finished the afternoon with 18 points to lead the Mustangs to a 75-44 Lone Star Conference win in front of 1,257 fans at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

The Mustangs broke out of a 2-for-33 shooting slump from the 3-point arc to finish with seven 3s on 18 tries to fuel their most lopsided victory of the season to improve to 10-5 overall and 2-2 in LSC play.

MSU plays host to rival Tarleton State Wednesday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.

Senior Kirsti Degelia splashed in two 3-pointers of her own and worked her way to a 5-of-10 shooting night to finish to match Hampton for game-high honors with 18 points to go along with six rebounds, four assists and three steals. Junior guard Janae McJunkins accounted for MSU's other 3-ball.

Eastern New Mexico claimed its one and only lead of the contest when Jasmine Johnson scored the first points of the game at the 18:18 mark.

Degalia answered with a layup of her own 30 seconds later to spark a 12-0 run highlighted by Hampton's first triple of the afternoon. MSU used another 13-0 run to push the advantage to 30-8 on Andrea Carter's traditional three-point play with 9:46 to play in the first half.

MSU scored the final five points of the half as Degelia canned her second trey of the game and Skyler Warrick converted a layup in transition as MSU led 46-19 at the break.

The Mustangs would lead by as many as 38 points in the second half.

Carter needed just 22 minutes of court time to tally 13 points and grab seven rebounds to go along with a block and four steals.

Taylor Dowd joined Warrick with six points each.

With the win, the Mustangs improved to 10-5 on the season while evening their Lone Star Conference mark at 2-2.

Johnson had nine points and 10 rebounds to pace Eastern New Mexico, which dropped to 3-8 and 1-1.
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