Midwestern State started off on the wrong foot Wednesday night at Junell Center/Stephens Arena with an administrative technical foul and it just never got better from there.
Angelo State decked the Mustangs for their worst loss in series history, 83-68, to send MSU to its second consecutive Lone Star Conference defeat.
"We didn't play very well at all on both ends of the floor, but give Angelo State credit," MSU coach Nelson Haggerty said. "We knew would have to come in here and play very well to win. We need to be able to play every night at a certain level to win basketball games and we didn't do that tonight."
LSC-leading scorer Kenny Williams threw in a game-high 18 points, grabbed nine rebounds and was a pest on the defensive end of the floor with two steals and two blocks to pace the Rams, who improved to 13-4 and 3-2.
"He made some unbelievable plays, but they had other guys step up for them," Haggerty said. "If they would have made free throws, it would have been a lot worse than it was."
Junior forward Tommy Woolridge came off the bench to splash three consecutive treys late in the first to help ASU break open a close game and push the lead to 32-22 at the 6:16 mark of the first half.
Woolridge and fellow reserve Chantz Chambers contributed 12 points off of the bench as the Rams found openings throughout the night. Angelo State's efficiency resulted in a second-straight 50-percent shooting night by an MSU opponent.
Midwestern State senior forward Eddie D'Haiti stayed hot from the field burying three treys for the second straight game as he finished with a team-high 17 points, pulled down six rebounds and had three steals.
"Eddie was the one bright spot tonight, if we had any," Haggerty said. "He shot the ball well from 3. He made some big rebounds at crucial times, as well."
Senior guard JaMichael Rivers nailed his first shot -- a 3-pointer from the corner -- in his first appearance of the season after suffering a foot injury in exhibition play. He would finish with six points in 17 minutes of court time.
"He was a little rusty, but he was able to make some plays off of the dribble as the game went along," Haggerty said. "That will be really big for us as he works his way back to game speed."
Senior guard Monzaigo Williams failed to reach double figures for the first time this season and didn't score until late in the game, but finish with seven points to match the total of second leading DeJuan Plummer, who also had seven points on 3-of-8 shooting.
Senior forward Xavier Blackburn hauled in eight rebounds as the Mustangs pounded the glass for 15 offensive rebounds and produced a plus-6 rebound margin.
Midwestern State takes on Texas A&M-Kingsville Saturday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.
Midwestern State's Skyler Warrick came up big with a pair of blocks and steal to seal a 67-63 win over Angelo State Wednesday night at Junell Center/Stephens Arena.
"I just wipe my brow and we got this win," MSU coach Noel Johnson said. "This was the battle of the zones tonight. I'm proud of how hard the girls fought tonight. They found a way to win."
The Mustangs needed every bit of the senior forward from Wellington's hustle to overcome a massive dry spell over the final 8:36 of the contest and snap a two-game skid while improving to 11-7 on the season and 3-4 in Lone Star Conference play.
"We got impatient down the stretch trying to make something happen," Johnson said. "We were getting zero points for 1 or 2 points and that's how they were able to get back into the game."
Senior guard Kirsti Degelia banged in her third 3-pointer of the game to give the Mustangs a 60-52 lead with 8:36 to play after MSU had led by as many as 14 points earlier in the half.
But Midwestern would go 0-for-12 with three turnovers the rest of the way, allowing the Rambelles to claw back to within 63-61 after Rochelle Norris hit one of two free throws with 1:50 to play.
It was Warrick who provided the defensive lift for MSU with a block of Michelle Rosewood before she connected on a pair of free throws to push the advantage back to four. Warrick ended each of the Rambelles' next two possessions by redirecting another shot and making a clutch steal, allowing the Mustangs to extend the advantage back out to 67-61 when Dianna Jones hit two free throws with 19 seconds to go.
"(Warrick) had great timing on that and was able to get her hand on that," Johnson said. "I'm proud of the way she was able to come through for us."
The Mustangs came out firing in the opening half due in large part to the duo over Carter and Degelia.
Carter connected on 7-of-9 shots from the field, good for 18 points in the opening half to help the Mustangs blister the net at a 55.6 percent clip before halftime. She completed her seventh double-double of the season by booking 20 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.
"In the second half, they really keyed in on her," Johnson said. "She stayed after it to get some key rebounds and continued to contribute."
Degelia scored eight of her 13 points in the first half while going 3-of-7 from the arc.
Jones notched eight points and dished out six assists, while Warrick and Lisa Hampton had six points each.
Angelo State's Amanda Weaver splashed in four treys to lead the Rambelles with 16 points off of the bench as ASU dropped to 9-8 on the season and to 3-4 in LSC play.
Midwestern State returns to action Saturday afternoon against Texas A&M-Kingsville at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m.