MSU Women Win 5th Straight

Kirsti Degelia and Savannah Carver combined for 34 points and Midwestern State never trailed in taking a 74-67 win over Texas Woman's University in Lone Star Conference play Saturday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

The Mustangs extended their winning streak to five games which is the longest since opening the 2003-04 season with eight-straight wins and has been victorious in eight of their last nine.

MSU (9-3, 5-1) takes on rival West Texas A&M Wednesday night under the dome. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.

The Mustangs controlled the glass by a 38-27 margin and remained aggressive in getting to the free throw line for 36 charity tosses to take control of the game.

Degelia tallied 13 of her team-high 18 points in the opening half as the Mustangs would lead by as many as nine points prior to intermission. The sophomore from Krum connected on a pair of jumpers in the lane in the closing minute as MSU led 34-27 at the break.

TWU senior Cambria Smith, who finished with 10 assists, led the Pioneers in transition to spur a second half run. Texas Woman's battled back to tie the game on a three-point play by Tiara Davis to knot the game at 41-41 with 14:32 to play.

The team exchanged layups before the Mustangs responded with a 7-0 run fueled by a pair of Carver jumpers in transition as Midwestern regained a 54-46 advantage with 9:57 to play.

Carver led the Mustangs in the second half by accounted for 12 of her 16 points.

TWU clawed back to within a bucket on two occasions, but MSU salted the game away by hitting 9-of-10 free throws in the game's final two minutes.

Tabbatha Thurmond dropped in a team-high 18 points and pulled down six rebounds to lead the Pioneers, who fell to 8-6 on the season and to 3-5 in league play.

Brittney Nuzum and Davis each added 11 points for TWU.

MSU freshman guard Dianna Jones tallied nine of her 11 points in the first half, while Jazman Patterson had seven points and six rebounds. Carver and Degelia had seven boards apiece to lead the Mustangs on the glass.