A dominant first quarter set the tone for Tarleton as the TexAnns won their third straight game with a 60-49 win over Southeastern Oklahoma to close out the 2017 calendar year on Star Wars Day in Wisdom Gym.
Southeastern Oklahoma jumped out to a quick 7-4 lead and then again at 8-7 after a McKinley Bostad three, but then the TexAnn defense went full throttle as Tarleton didn't allow the Savage Storm to score another point over the rest of the first quarter while building a 19-8 lead.
Over the final 6:52 of the opening quarter, Tarleton held its opponent to 0-5 shooting from the floor and forced three turnovers. Offensively, Tarleton got five points from Trejouir Wilson off the bench to go along with scoring from Bostad (3), Mackenzie Hailey (2), and Nina Alvarez (2) to polish off the first-quarter surge.
Tarleton kept things rolling in the second quarter as Baylee Peck opened the new frame with a triple to extend the lead to 22-8. The TexAnns didn't allow Southeastern Oklahoma to make a field goal until the 5:09 mark of the second quarter. Tarleton held the Savage Storm without a field goal from the floor for 12:30 between the first and second quarter.
The TexAnns built its lead to as many as 18 with 2:20 left in the opening half and ultimately went into halftime with a 31-19 lead.
After a 15-10 run by the Savage Storm in the third quarter, Tarleton carried a 41-34 lead into the final quarter of play and would not be denied its seventh victory of the season.
McKinley Bostad and Tiara Tatum opened up the fourth quarter on an 11-0 run of their own. Bostad bookended the run with two-for-two trips to the free throw line while Tatum scored seven straight in the middle to extend Tarleton's lead to 52-34 with 6:26 left in the game.
Tarleton cruised the rest of the way, never leading by less than nine en route to the win.
Led by a perfect 8-8 day at the charity stripe, Bostad led the team with 16 points on 3-6shooting from the floor, including 2-4 from downtown. Tatum (9), Collins (5), Hailey (5), and Webster (1) combined for 20 more in the starting lineup.
The bench provided one of its top offensive performances of the year with 24 points, led by 10 from Nina Alvarez and seven from Baylee Peck. Wilson (5), Lucy Benson (1), and Makaila Tyer (1) rounded out the scoring.
Tarleton improved to 7-5 with its third consecutive win Saturday afternoon and will return to Lone Star Conference play Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in Wisdom Gym when the TexAnns host Angelo State.