MSU: #10 Hoops Falls to A&M-International

Texas A&M International's Samantha Chacon ripped the nets for 25 points to lead the red-hot shooting Dustdevils to an 84-75 win over 10th-ranked Midwestern State Tuesday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

TAMIU send the Mustangs to their second straight defeat as MSU fell to 1-2, while the Dustdevils claimed victory in their season opener.

Midwestern opens the Ashbrook Classic presented by Comfort Inn play Friday night against Southern Nazarene. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. The Mustangs close the weekend Saturday against Southeastern Oklahoma State.

Texas A&M International buried the Mustangs with a 27-2 run which included a 19-2 burst before intermission after a Kirsti Degelia 3-pointer gave the Mustangs a brief 28-27 lead with 5:15 to go in the opening half.

But TAMIU's Tina Dang, who finished with 14 points and three 3-pointers off of the bench, hit a pair of treys before the end of the half and Chacon added a triple and a transition layup to give the Dustdevils a 46-30 edge at the break.

A&M International shot 55.2 percent in the opening half including a 6-of-10 clip from the arc then scored the first eight points of the second half to extend the advantage to 54-30 before Skyler Warrick connected on a pair of free throws to stem the tide momentarily.

Then TAMIU's Jessica Woo scored seven points over two-minute stretch to help the Dustdevils construct their largest lead of the night at 65-37 with 14:50 to play.

The Mustangs battled back to slice the lead into single digits using a 12-1 run to pull within 76-67 on a Lisa Hampton jumper with 1:44 to play, but that's as close as the Mustangs would get.

Junior guard Dianna Jones led MSU with 16 points on 5-of-11 shooting including a pair of 3-pointers, while Degelia turned in a season-best 15 points with five assists and four steals in 28 minutes off of the bench.

Senior forward Andrea Carter pitched 11 points and eight rebounds while Hampton finished with 10 points on a pair of 3-pointers.

Volleyball Swept at Dallas Baptist

The Dallas Baptist attack blistered Midwestern State to the tune of a .256 team hitting percentage as the Patriots rolled to a 25-18, 25-18, 25-17 win Tuesday night at Burg Center.
The Mustangs, who dropped to 15-12 on the season, return to D.L. Ligon Coliseum Thursday for a Senior Night showdown with Texas A&M-Kingsville. First serve is set for 7 p.m.
MSU senior middle blocker Caitlin Wallace battled for a team-high 13 kills while hitting .281. The Amarillo product was in on four of the Mustangs' six blocks, but it wasn't enough to deter the DBU inside-outside combination of sophomore outside hitter Tadam Mergener and junior middle blocker Tiara Iwegbu.
Mergener completed a double-double with 14 kills and 13 digs, while Iwegbu had 10 kills and five blocks as DBU efficiently posted three-, four- and two-error totals while holding the Mustangs to a .118 team attack percentage.
Midwestern sophomore outside hitter Nicole Marzik notched seven kills to go along with 12 digs, while freshman middle blocker Sarah Garfield had six kills and a block.
Redshirt-freshman Madelyn Johnson led back row efforts with 18 digs while sophomore Marissa Olivares added 15 and junior defensive specialist Casey Fletcher had 10.
Dallas Baptist senior libero Cameron Hartson tallied a match-high 19 digs while Erika Papadeas and Tyler Bradsher added 13 and 12 digs, respectively.
The Patriots improved to 14-15 on the season.