CANYON, Texas - Midwestern State couldn't take care of the ball Saturday night at First United Bank Center.
And West Texas A&M took plenty advantage as it converted 22 MSU turnovers into 25 points as the Lady Buffs rolled to a 75-59 Lone Star Conference South Division win.
"We didn't respond well to pressure on the ball and that impacted us a bit," MSU coach Noel Johnson said. "I talked to the girls about leadership and banding together when things get tough. We are still growing in that area."
The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Mustangs, who fell to 9-14 on the season and to 5-6 in the LSC South.
MSU now trails Angelo State, West Texas A&M and Abilene Christian - all at 8-4 - by 2 1/2 games with three games to play.
The Mustangs close the season with home games against division leading Tarleton State and Angelo State at home on Monday and Wednesday nights before closing the regular season at Abilene Christian on Saturday.
The Lady Buffs , who held a 17-5 edge in points off of turnovers in the first half, led by as many as 16 points in the opening half before settling on a 38-25 lead at the intermission.
The Mustangs struggled to 6-of-20 shooting (30 percent) in the first half and were unable to sustain momentum against the WT pressure defense.
"We missed some easy shots that we shouldn't have missed," Johnson said. "We didn't convert off of steals and we didn't make free throws. We just didn't execute."
Midwestern cut the WT advantage to 40-30 on a Nolisha Markham jump shot with 18:27 to play, but that's as close as the Mustangs as the Mustangs could cut it.
Junior forward Jazman Patterson paced MSU with nine points and five rebounds in 25 minutes while Markham and Savannah Carver added eight points each.
West Texas A&M junior Jamie Simmons led a quartet of Lady Buffs in double figures with 14 points while Ashley Leven, Megan McLain and Aly Sherman pitched in 12, 11 and 10 points, respectively.