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LSC Basketball: Texas Woman's Edges MSU

DENTON, Texas -- Midwestern State's furious comeback fell just short as Texas Woman's sent the Mustangs to their fourth loss in their last five games 66-65 Sunday night at Kitty Magee Arena.

Dianna Jones running jumper in the lane banked off of the front rim and Skyler Warrick's follow attempt wasn't in time to send the Mustangs to 10-7 on the season and to 2-4 in Lone Star Conference play.

"It's just one of those games that both teams played well. Credit goes to TWU," MSU coach Noel Johnson said. "We didn't play with enough energy. We need to come with that on every possession."

TWU (7-8, 3-3) punished the Mustangs on the glass claiming 36-27 rebounding edge due largely to the efforts of 6-6 senior forward Mary Kovtun who finished with a game-high 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting to go along with nine rebounds.

The Pioneers controlled a 10-2 edge in second-chance points, but six of those came during crucial moments down the stretch as Danielle Westerfield and Ria Pateraki had consecutive cutbacks before Rebekah Cluley hit a pair of free throws to give TWU a seemingly commanding 61-55 lead with 2:39 to go.

"When we out-rebound teams, we win," Johnson said. "That's the bottom of the line."

Still, the Mustangs came storming back keyed by Jones, who started an 8-2 run with a driving left-handed layup before hitting a cutting Shatoia Gober a right-handed runner to pull MSU to within 61-59 with 2:08 to play.

TWU, who improved to 6-0 at home, answered with another Kovtun bucket in the paint before Skyler Warrick worked a step-through move and Jones followed with hard floater off of the glass in the lane to knot the game at 63-63 with 1:03 to go.

Toree Mason converted a pair of free throws and Gober answered on a baseline cut off of a Jones assist for the 12th tie of the game with 46.0 seconds remaining.

The Mustangs would send Kovtun to the charity stripe on a phantom foul by foul by Lisa Hampton with 31 seconds to play. She hit the first and missed the second to give the Mustangs a final chance down the stretch.

But senior guard Kirsti Degelia was cut off on the right baseline forcing a pass to Jones at the top of the key. Jones worked for a floater in the lane and Warrick battled through the scrum before time expired.

Jones led the Mustangs 14 points and dished and unofficially dished out six assists, while Gober finished with 10 points and four rebounds in 25 minutes off of the bench.

Junior forward Andrea Carter narrowly missed her seventh double-double with nine points and eight rebounds, while Degelia pitched in nine points of her own.

Warrick added seven points -- all in the second half.

Midwestern State takes on Angelo State Wednesday night at Junell Center/Stephens Arena in San Angelo. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.

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