ODESSA - Tarleton outscored UT Permian Basin 21-11 in the fourth quarter to pull away with a 58-45 win on the road.
It's the third straight Lone Star Conference win for the TexAnns (12-6, 6-4), with all three wins coming on the road as they continue to climb up the conference standings.
McKinley Bostad led all scorers with 17 points to go with three boards and three assists, while Mackenzie Hailey added 14 points and eight rebounds. Katie Webster nearly recorded a double-double with 14 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Webster (8) and Bostad (7) combined to score 15 fourth-quarter points.
Unlike the upset win at No. 8 West Texas A&M on Thursday where the TexAnns scored 26 first-quarter points, the TexAnns managed only 12 points in the opening quarter and 23 in the first half. The Tarleton defense made up for the early offensive struggles by holding the Falcons to 22 first-half points and led 23-22 at the break.
In the third quarter, UTPB took a 29-28 lead before Hailey's jumper put the TexAnns back on top for good. Bostad followed with a 3-pointer for a five-point lead. Bayle Peck had a pair of layups late in the quarter that gave the TexAnns a 37-34 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
The TexAnns scored the first five points of the fourth on a layup from Hailey and three points from Webster to go up by eight, 42-34. Webster scored the next five TexAnns points for the first double-digit lead of the game, 49-38, with 4:09 remaining. Tarleton's final nine points came at the free throw line to pull away for the win.
Kylie Collins added seven points and a pair of assists to give the TexAnn starting five 52 combined points, which outscored UTPB by themselves by seven points. Peck had four points and three assists off the bench and Nina Alvarez had two points to go with three assists.
The TexAnn defense held UTPB to 25 percent shooting while countering with a 41 percent shooting effort of their own.
Tarleton will return home to start the second half of LSC play as they take on Cameron on Thursday, Jan. 25, at 5:30 p.m.