MSU Women Struggle in Second Half, Fall at Kingsville

Texas A&M-Kingsville's red-hot performance from downtown proved too much for Midwestern State to overcome Wednesday night at Steinke Center.
The Javelinas rained in 13 treys to roll to an 85-65 Lone Star Conference South Division win and claim their first division victory of the season.
"You have to hit shots on the road," MSU coach Noel Johnson said. "You miss layups and you miss open shots then you're just going to lose. When you give up 13 3s in a game, you're going to get beat by 20."
Midwestern continued its road struggles by falling to 5-12 on the season and to 1-4 in LSC South play. The Mustangs have lost each of their nine games away from D.L. Ligon Coliseum this season.
MSU returns to the dome to face rival West Texas A&M Saturday night. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m.
The Javelinas broke open a tight game with a 13-1 run late in the second half after MSU's Jazman Patterson put in the second of consecutive layups to pull the Mustangs to within 56-54 with 7:06 to play.
But Victoria Gonzalez canned a fade away jumper and Kelly Bastow connected on a 3-pointer to kick start the TAMUK as the Javelinas would push the advantage to 69-55 on a Chelsea Solis layup with 4:25 to play.
Fueled by a season-best 52.1-percent shooting night including a 60-percent showing from the arc, the Javelinas continued to pull away in the second half after the game was tied 29-29 at the intermission.
The loss spoiled another stellar performance by MSU senior forward Nolisha Markham.
The Tulsa native was 7-of-12 from the floor and connected on 7-of-9 free throws to deliver her fifth 20-point performance of the season with a game-high tally of 21 and finished her second double-double of the season with 11 rebounds.
Junior forward Cierra Thompson pitched in 11 points and five rebounds while fellow junior Jazman Patterson scored 10 points and four rebounds in 20 minutes off of the bench.
"I can't say enough about her," Johnson said of Patterson. "Defensively, she's our glue and I'm really proud of her stepping up for us."
Novella Thomas joined Solis with 19 points to lead the Javelinas while Bastow connected on five 3-pointers to add 17 more.
Texas A&M-Kingsville improved to 3-14 on the season and 1-4 in LSC South Division play.