It's been two weeks and over 2,000 miles since the TexAnns graced the hardwood of Wisdom Gym and Tarleton rewarded the home crowd to an exciting one Tuesday night with a 68-53 win over A&M-Commerce.
Tarleton came out of the gates swinging to the tune of a 24-point first quarter, which started with a layup from Katie Webster at 8:19. The Webster bucket started a 15-2 surge that put the TexAnns up by nine in the opening six minutes. The TexAnns wouldn't stop there as they extended the lead to as many as 14 with 42 seconds left and went into the second quarter with a 24-12 edge.
After Commerce answered with a 14-6 run in the second quarter, the TexAnns went into halftime holding on to a 30-26 advantage. Commerce continued to cut into the lead over the third quarter as a 16-15 edge by the Lions sent things into the final frame with the TexAnns clinging to a single-possession lead at 45-42.
Then, the TexAnns took over.
McKinley Bostad started off the final quarter with an old-fashioned three-point play before a jumper from Kylie Collins pushed the lead out to eight. After a Lion bucket, Bostad connected on a layup before Tiara Tatum made Wisdom Gym erupt with a three-pointer from the corner to push the lead out to 11 with just under eight to play.
After Commerce pulled it to 10 out of a timeout, Bostad, Tatum, and Mackenzie Hailey put together a 9-0 TexAnn surge to push the lead out to 19 at 64-45 and ultimately seal things up with 5:51 to go. Commerce pulled as close as 14 in the final four minutes but could get no closer as the TexAnns went on to secure their 17th win of the season.
Tarleton outscored Commerce 23-11 in the final quarter.
Webster led the TexAnns with 16 points while Bostad (15) and Tatum (12) combined for 27 more in double-digit performances. Kylie Collins added nine while Hailey (5), Baylee Peck (5), Makaila Tyer (2), Nina Alvarez (2), and Trejouir Wilson (2) rounded out the scoring.
Hailey led all TexAnns with 11 rebounds and six assists on the night.
Tarleton will remain at home over the final three games of the season, beginning with a Saturday tilt at 2 p.m. against Texas Woman's.