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Mustangs Pound Glass, Win 4th Straight

Midwestern State made just enough plays down the stretch and battled on the glass to come away with its fourth consecutive win taking a 77-67 road win over Texas-Permian Basin Wednesday night at the Falcon Dome.
 
"It's just a choppy game now and it really doesn't allow you to get into a rhythm," MSU coach Noel Johnson said. "I'm proud of the girls for playing through the foul trouble and adjusting. We made some plays down the stretch both offensively and defensively that helped us win the ball game."
 
The Mustangs improved to 7-3 on the season after claiming their sixth win in the last seven games and the difference has been clear.
 
MSU controlled a 43-32 edge on the glass against the Falcons to move to a perfect 7-0 when it wins the rebounding battle this season.
 
That's where the Mustangs controlled the controlled the ultimate advantage Thursday night.
 
"We felt like we had advantage with our posts," Johnson said. "We wanted to get the ball inside. We wanted to space them out and challenge them on the bounce."
 
Junior forward Andrea Carter continued her stellar play by knocking down 7-of-8 shots from the field to splash in a game-high 18 points while narrowly missing her fourth double-double of the season finishing with nine rebounds.
 
The Angleton product has been the model of efficiency of the last three games connecting on 19-of-22 shots (.864) averaging 17.3 points per game to bring her season average to 15.2.
 
Carter was just one of four starters in double figures for the Mustangs joining senior guard Kirsti Degelia (15 points, 5 rebounds), junior guard Dianna Jones (13 points) and junior guard Shatoia Gober who notched her third collegiate double-double with 10 points to go along with a career-best 12 boards.
 
"Toi was the reason we won the game tonight," Johnson said. "She came out of nowhere to pull in those 12 rebounds."
 
The teams exchanged six ties and three lead changes over the first 17 minutes of the game before the Mustangs converted two steals into layups by Degelia as MSU closed the first half on a 7-2 run to take a 38-33 halftime advantage.
 
Midwestern pushed the lead to 10 points on three occasions in the second half never allowing the Falcons to creep within a possession.
 
Katreese Locket dropped in 17 points while Giselle Loya, Valerie Barriga and Shaquiri Graham all had 12 points each for UTPB which dropped its fifth straight game to fall to 2-8.
 
The Mustangs connected on 26 of 38 free throws in a game that featured 54 fouls -- 31 of those on the home standing Falcons.
 
"The kids did a good job and followed the game plan," Johnson said. "This is a tough place to play."
 
Midwestern State returns to D.L. Ligon Coliseum to take on Cedarville (Ohio) on Friday night. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
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