Rogers State (Okla.) recorded 18 points off 17 Midwestern State turnovers while holding the Mustangs to a 26.7 shooting percentage to post a 51-48 season-opening victory Friday evening in the Ashbrook Classic at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
Rogers State put together a 5-0 run to open the fourth quarter and break a 35-35 tie after three. The Hillcats stretched their lead to as many as eight with 4:05 to play in the game as the Mustangs were limited to just one field goal for more than seven minutes in the final quarter.
Midwestern State rallied back in the final minutes with a triple from sophomore guard Kristin Rydell to make it 47-43 RSU with 2:45 remaining. Rydell continued her hot streak, sinking two free throws before putting the Mustangs in front at 48-47 with her second trey with 58 seconds to play.
However, Rogers State tallied the final four points of the contest with senior guard Kami Bunch lifting her team in the final seconds with a jumper and two free throws to secure a 51-48 victory.
Trailing 22-21 at halftime, Rogers State began the third quarter on a 9-2 run to take a 30-24 lead following a jumper by Bunch midway through the period. Midwestern State hung close as a three-point play by freshman guard Alyssa Jones and five-straight points from junior guard Jacquar Westbrooks pushed the Mustangs back in front at 35-33.
Midwestern State opened up a commanding 14-6 lead after the first quarter of play with sophomore guard Whitney Taylor leading the way with 10 points.
In the second quarter, the Hillcats held MSU to just one field goal over the last seven minutes to pull back within one at the break after a layup from freshman forward Lauren Schuldt.
Taylor paced the Mustangs with 10 points while Rydell and freshman forward Kendriana Washington added eight apiece. Washington grabbed a team-high seven boards to help MSU hold a 46-33 advantage on the glass.
Junior forward Natasha Kindred totaled a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards while adding three blocks to lead the Hillcats.