What a night for the Tarleton State TexAnns.
Tarleton (16-11, 7-5) knocked off the Angelo State Rambelles (16-11, 7-5), 73-52, to claim fourth place in the Lone Star Conference South Division, clinching the sixth consecutive trip to the LSC Tournament, and all while notching win No. 100 for head coach Ronnie Hearne in his sixth season at Tarleton.
The festivities began by honoring Tarleton’s lone senior, D’Anna Dingler, in her final home game, then shifted to a strong showing by the Rambelles, at least for the first two minutes.
Angelo jumped out to a 7-2 over the first 1:54, but then Tarleton converted two steals into easy layups to bring the score to 7-6.
Morgan Stehling drained a 3-point bomb at the 14:25 mark, which kick started a 12-0 run until the 9:52 mark of the first half.
Tarleton wouldn’t be content with a slim lead as they stretched their lead to 27-11 with 6:52 left to play, which marked a 25-4 run since the 7-2 Angelo start.
Tarleton took a 40-20 lead into halftime, and were controlling Angelo in every aspect of the game.
At the break, Tarleton had forced 17 turnovers, which were converted into 27 TexAnn points, and led the rebounding battle 25-15.
Tarleton only outscored Angelo by one over the second half, but the dominating first half was more than enough to lock up the trip to Bartlesville.
Dingler finished her final game at Wisdom Gym with a double-double, connecting for 12 points and 10 rebounds, while also grabbing six steals.
JoAnne Jones led the TexAnns with 17 points and 10 boards, for her sixth double-double of the season.
Shelby Adamson and Sonya Sundberg also cracked double digits with 15 and 10 points, respectively.
Tarleton finished the game by forcing 28 Rambelle miscues, which accounted for 41 TexAnn points.
The TexAnns dominated the post play, despite being without Kelsey Benford who missed the game with an illness, outrebounding the Belles, 45-33, and posting 34 points in the paint.
Tarleton makes the trip to Bartlesville for the sixth consecutive year, and has never missed a LSC Tournament under Hearne’s tutelage.
Tarleton will face No. 1 seed Central Oklahoma at 8 p.m. on Wednesday.