Tarleton was able to hold off a late run by Texas A&M-Kingsville to pick up the road win, 63-59, on Thursday at the Steinke Center.
It's the 10th Lone Star Conference win of the season for the TexAnns, who improved to 16-7 overall and 10-5 in the LSC. Katie Webster led all scorers with 22 points - including 11 straight points in the fourth quarter - and 14 rebounds in the win.
The TexAnns only shot 34 percent from the floor but were efficient from 3-point range, going 7-of-16 from behind the arc (44 percent), as Tiara Tatum and Makaila Tyer each had a pair of 3-pointers. The TexAnns also had a season-low 10 turnovers while forcing the Javelinas into 16 turnovers.
Tarleton led 10-8 after a McKinley Bostad layup with 5:19 to go in the first quarter, but the Javelinas closed the opening period on an 8-0 run for a 16-10 advantage after one.
The TexAnns closed the first half with a dominating second quarter, outscoring the Javelinas 21-8. Although the score was tied at 22-22, Nina Alvarez drilled a 3-pointer at the top of the key to jumpstart an 8-0 TexAnn run to take a 30-22 lead. Tyer connected on a 3-pointer in the final seconds of the first half to give the TexAnns a 33-24 lead at the break.
After a Webster jumper gave the TexAnns a 38-29 lead in the third, the Javelinas bounced back with a 9-0 run to tie the game at 38-38. Kingsville took the lead moments later at 41-40 on a 3-pointer. The Javelinas outscored the TexAnns 22-15 in the third quarter, but Tarleton led 48-46 with a quarter to play.
With the score tied 48-48, Webster went on a scoring spree for the TexAnns, scoring the first 11 points of the fourth quarter that helped the TexAnns lead 59-56 with 2:35 remaining. The Javelinas tied the score at 59 with a minute to go, but a Bostad layup and a pair of free throws in the final second by Kylie Collins helped the TexAnns hold on the for four-point win.
Webster was the only Tarleton player to score in double figures in the game, but the TexAnns received contributions eight other scorers. Tiara Tatum followed with eight points, while Mackenzie Hailey and Kylie Collins each added seven points. Bostad and Tyer scored six points apiece while Alvarez (3), Baylee Peck (2) and Lucy Benson (2) also scored.
The TexAnns will travel to San Angelo to take on first-place Angelo State Saturday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. in the Junell Center.