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Mustangs Women Fall To A&M-Commerce In OT 71-64

An ice cold shooting effort brought an end to Midwestern State's six-game winning streak Saturday afternoon as Texas A&M-Commerce came away with a 71-64 win here in overtime.
An ice cold shooting effort brought an end to Midwestern State's six-game winning streak Saturday afternoon as Texas A&M-Commerce came away with a 71-64 win here in overtime.

"We just did not show up shooting tonight," MSU coach Noel Johnson said. "We probably missed 15 layups. We were able to get some second chances and couldn't finish. It was about being tough and willing it in and we just couldn't do that."

The Mustangs slipped to 9-4 on the season while going to 1-1 in Lone Star Conference play. It was just the second win of the season for A&M-Commerce which improved to 2-9 and 1-1.

Midwestern State hits the road to face rival West Texas A&M Wednesday night at First United Bank Center in Canyon. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.

The Lions compounded MSU's shooting woes by claiming a decisive edge on the glass on the strength of strong efforts from bigs Breanna Harris (15 points, 20 rebounds) and Abigail Leaupepe-Tele (4 points, 10 rebounds).

"They are so strong and physical. We just got pushed under and we just didn't respond," Johnson said. "It was very physical without many fouls called which was totally different that the TWU game. These kids were having a hard time adjusting to the difference."

Texas A&M-Commerce jumped out to a 14-8 lead early, but the Mustangs managed to fight through cold shooting spells to battle their way to a 28-25 lead at halftime.

The Mustangs attacked the basket at the start of the second half hitting 5-of-5 free throws to jump out to a game-high 39-32 lead on a pair of Dianna Jones free throws with 16:43 to go.

Texas A&M-Commerce then outscored the Mustangs 15-8 over the next eight minutes to knot the game at 47-47 then the teams exchanged the lead four times down the stretch in regulation.

Jones finished with a season-high 17 points on 7-of-16 shooting and would prove to play a key role netting tying buckets twice in the final 96 seconds to send the game into overtime.

The Mustangs managed to claim a pair of 1-point leads in the extra session, but the Lions outscored MSU 10-2 over the final 2:49 to claim the win.

Junior forward Andrea Carter notched her third straight double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds. It was her sixth point-rebound double-double oft he season.

Junior guard Shatoia Gober added 10 points and four rebounds while junior forward Taylor Dowd chipped in eight points.
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