Seeking their first stretch of back-to-back wins since early December, the TexAnns hosted West Texas A&M in a Lone Star Conference battle Thursday night.
The competition was fierce between the two teams from the opening tip-off.
For the most part, the game didn't have any trends or runs over the first quarter of play. One team would score, the other would answer. The largest lead held in the quarter was four, 15-11, by Tarleton with 46 seconds remaining in the period.
However, a late converted and-one opportunity for West Texas cut the TexAnns lead to 15-14 heading into the second quarter.
The efficient offense on display by both teams in the first quarter slowed down in the second period as both teams combined for 20 points.
A 5-0 scoring run by Tarleton mid-way through the quarter gave the TexAnns a six point, 24-18 lead, their largest lead of the half. However, the Lady Buff defense strengthened up from that point forward in the half holding Tarleton scoreless over the final 4:15 of the quarter.
West Texas then went on a 7-0 run to end the half and enter the break leading 25-24.
While neither team shot extremely well over the course of the first half, the TexAnns shot only 28.6 percent from the field (10-35), compared to West Texas' 37.9 percent (11-29).
The brief offensive slump for Tarleton didn't carry over into the third quarter.
After Tarleton went scoreless for close to five minutes of game time, the TexAnns went on an 11-2 run over a 1:34 stretch to retake the lead, 35-30 with 7:16 remaining in the period.
The Lady Buffs later forced another lead change with a 10-4 run of their own, but their 38-37 advantage was be short lived.
Moments later, Tarleton guard Baylee Peck hit a three-point shot to begin what would turn into a 9-0 Tarleton run to end the quarter. As the buzzer rang, Travanti Downes hit a jumper for Tarleton to send them into the game's final quarter leading 46-38.
The first half of the final quarter was dominated by the Lady Buffs.
West Texas A&M had outscored the TexAnns 11-4 in the period over the first 4:33 of the quarter, but still trailed Tarleton, 50-49.
The slow start in the quarter forced Tarleton to take a timeout and it was a momentum changer.
Following the timeout, Bailey Wipff scored her first two baskets of the game, before Tiara Tatum had a tip-in to increase the TexAnns advantage to seven, 56-49. Moments later, Wipff hit a three-point shot to give her team a 59-49 lead with 1:46 remaining in the game.
The Lady Buffs eventually resorted to fouling to attempt to extend the game, but the TexAnns were efficient enough from the line to close out a 64-57 win.
Mackenzie Hailey and Tiara Tatum led Tarleton offensively combining for 31 points, 17 and 14 respectively. Hailey also hauled in 12 rebounds to add another double-double to her season tally.
The TexAnns are now 7-8 on the season and 6-3 in LSC play. They host UT Permian Basin on Saturday with tip off scheduled for 2 p.m.