Tarleton State (9-1) flexed some muscle by scoring the first eight points and never let up on its way to dominating punchless Southwestern Oklahoma State (0-10) 81-56 in Lone Star Conference cross over play at Wisdom Gym Saturday night.
The TexAnns, who matched the best 10-game start to a season in school history, outscored Southwestern 46-28 in the paint and 28-10 off turnovers in the rout. Tarleton was ahead 38-20 at halftime.
Brittnie Haley had a big night offensively hitting 9-10 from the floor and 3-3 at the free throw line to lead all scorers with 21. She also led everyone in rebounds with nine.
"We had to come back with a win after a loss like that," Haley said concerning the TexAnns' performance on the heels of sufferring their first loss in a 72-68 nailbiter at Southeastern Oklahoma State last Monday. "I really feel like we should still be undefeated but that's just one loss and we came back from it strong (Saturday)."
Sonya Sundberg was 3-3 from downtown and finished with 11 points and four assists while JoaAnne Jones scored 10. Morgan Stehling and Tori Skarke each added eight.
Tarleton was 29-55 from the floor (52.7 percent) while holding Southwestern to just 21-60 (35 percent).
Southwestern was led by Chelsey Dillion with 15 points while Madison Cabaniss scored 13 and Jenna Sprague tallied 11.
The victory followed the same pattern as several other contests to start the season for the TexAnns, who are outscoring opponents by 30.7 points per game. Besides their lone bump in the road at Southeastern, Tarleton has cruised past all challengers by at least 14.
Southwestern's performance also seems to be part of a growing pattern, though not nearly as positive as the one the TexAnns appear to be following. The Lady Bulldogs have yet to win a game and are now being outscored by 12.8 points per contest.
The TexAnns take aim at win No. 10 when they host Cameron at 6 p.m. Monday.