It wasn't always pretty, but season openers rarely are.
Tarleton State (1-0) was sluggish in the first half, but used a 24-8 second-half surge and 20 points each from juniors Peyton Adamson and Kiara Wright to dismiss NAIA Texas Wesleyan (2-2) 77-48 in front of 1,847 at Wisdom Gym Monday night.
"I'm very confident in this team, I think we have the chance to be really good," said Wright, who made it a double-double with 10 rebounds and also had three steals and two blocks. "I didn't feel like we played that well in the first half, but the second half was a lot better."
The TexAnns weren't always crisp, missing numerous shots in the paint and turning the ball over 14 times, but Adamson hit five three-point field goals and their defense limited Wesleyan to just 27.6 percent shooting.
Karli Moore scored nine off the bench for Tarleton, which played everyone it dressed and outscored Wesleyan 47-27 in the second half after leading just 28-21 at the break.
A 15-4 run in a span of a little more than three minutes finally gave Tarleton comfortable breathing room early in the second half. Texas Wesleyan scored the next four before a 9-0 push by the TexAnns made it 52-34 with a little more than 12 minutes left. Adamson hit her final two triples during the first part of the run after knocking down three in the opening half.
The lead grew to 20 on a Cheyenne Berry put back with 9:15 left, and the final margin proved to be Tarleton's largest advantage of the night.
Shanae Lowrance chipped in six for the TexAnns and Berry had five to go with six rebounds.
"We just have a few kinks to work out," said Wright. "Nobody was satisfied with the way we played, especially in the first half, but a win is a win and I'm satisfied with that."
Tarleton returns to action in Odessa at 6 p.m. next Tuesday at Texas-Permian Basin.