Tarleton suffered its second loss of the season as the No. 8 Lubbock Christian Lady Chaps used a big first-half run to put the TexAnns in an early deficit at the Rip Griffin Center Tuesday night. Tarleton lost the game 80-60.
"I thought we played hard but I think our tired showed," said head coach Misty Wilson. "It showed in our energy, but I was proud of the effort. Our defense did not have the energy that we've had the last two days. Our young players came in (late) and competed and played hard until the buzzer. It was really good for them."
Katie Webster got Tarleton on the board first with a mid-range jumper for the first points of the game and followed up with a three-ball on the next offensive possession for a quick 5-2 lead for the TexAnns. The teams would go back and forth over the opening five minutes as the TexAnns found themselves trailing an 11-10 contest after the first five minutes.
A jumper from Lubbock Christian at 4:44 in the first quarter started a 30-9 run by the Lady Chaps over the rest of the first quarter and the opening 9:09 of the second quarter to put the TexAnns in a 41-19 hole. Trejouir Wilson connected on a three-pointer with 30 seconds left in the half to bring the first half score of 41-22.
Tarleton was .333 shooting from the floor in the opening half compared to .655 for LCU. Mackenzie Hailey was a bright spot in the opening half as the sophomore led the team with 11 points on 4-8 shooting from the floor.
The TexAnns were only able to get within 15 points in the second half as Lubbock Christian went on to take the win. The 60 points scored by the TexAnns are the most scored against the Lady Chaps this season.
Hailey led the TexAnns with 19 points on 7-17 shooting from the floor and 3-4 shooting from downtown while Webster finished with 11 points on the night. Webster and Hannah Allen led the way with four rebounds each. Tiara Tatum (9), McKinley Bostad (7), Wilson (5), Makaila Tyer (3), Kylie Collins (4), and Lucy Benson (2) also chipped in with the scoring effort.
Tarleton stayed with the No. 8 Lady Chaps in the second half 39-38 and won the fourth quarter 25-21. For the game, the TexAnns finished with a .357 shooting percentage from the floor and .381 from downtown. Tarleton was 12-15 at the free throw line for the contest.
Tarleton will take a nine-day layoff from game action to enjoy the Thanksgiving holidays. The TexAnns will return to game play on Thursday, Nov. 30, at 5:30 p.m. in Wichita Falls to begin Lone Star Conference against Midwestern State.