WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Midwestern State outscored Texas A&M International 28-9 in the second quarter en route to a dominant 76-53 win over the Dustdevils in the Ashbrook Classic finale Saturday evening at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
Midwestern State (2-0) had five players score at least eight points in the contest with freshman forward Liz Cathcart pacing the team with nine points on 4-of-6 shooting from the floor.
The Mustangs jumped out to a 9-2 lead on Texas A&M International (0-2) in the opening period following a Cathcart jumper midway through the quarter. MSU matched its largest lead in the first at seven late in the period after a layup by sophomore guard Anni Scholl for an 18-11 lead.
A 7-0 run to begin the second quarter set the stage for the Mustangs with sophomore guard Montoria Tripp recording all eight of her points in the first 3:54 of the quarter to help MSU double up the Dustdevils at 30-15 with six minutes left in the half. The Mustangs held TAMIU to just one field goal in the final 5:50 of the half as MSU went on an 11-0 run with freshman guard Leanna James connecting on a pair of triples to lead the Mustangs to a 46-22 halftime lead.
The TAMIU drought continued in the early minutes of the third quarter with MSU stretching its lead to 32 just two minutes into the period following a basket by senior forward Jennifer Arbuckle
A layup by sophomore forward McKenna Villegas gave the Mustangs their largest lead of the contest at 72-36 with 8:14 to play. The Dustdevils outscored the Maroon and Gold 17-9 in the final period but were only able to pull as close as 23 points down the stretch.
True freshman Logan Hicks canned three triples in the first half to help No. 20 Midwestern State bury host Rogers State (Okla.) early and coast to an 81-63 win the finale of the RSU Conference Challenge Saturday at the Claremore Expo Center.
The Mustangs, who improved to 2-0, take on Adams State (Colo.) in its home opener Monday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Hicks hit back-to-back triples midway through the opening half to extend the Mustangs' advantage to 28-13, then drilled another 3-ball in the final minute and beat the buzzer with a layup as MSU led 41-23 at halftime.
The Temple High product hit six of his eight shots in the first half with three 3-pointers on his way to a team-high 19 points in just his second collegiate game.
Midwestern outscored Hillcats by a 24-7 margin for the first 10 minutes of the second half to push the lead to a game-high 35 points when Sheldon Hagigal buried two free throws to make the score 65-30 with 10:37 to play.
Hagigal hit three 3-pointers of his own to finish with 13 points, while junior forward Igor Ibaka finished with 13 points and five rebounds. Senior guard Pat Smith notched 12 points and grabbed four rebounds for the Mustangs.
Junior guard Devante Pullum pitched in eight points and dished out six assists, while Brandon Neel and Nick Powell contributed seven points each.
J.D. Tisdale paced Rogers State with a game-high 20 points as the Hillcats dropped to 1-1.