TexAnns slip past host LCU

TSU Athletics
Karli Moore's late tip-in proved to be the difference as the TexAnns topped Lubbock Christian 73-71 Friday in the opening round of the LCU Thanksgiving Classic.

LUBBOCK - With the first road game of the season on the verge of double overtime, senior Karli Moore answered the call in the final seconds with a game-winning offensive tip-in to lift Tarleton State (3-1) to a 73-71 overtime win over Lubbock Christian.

In the second game of the Lowe's Market Thanksgiving Classic host by Lubbock Christian, a career-high effort Kathy Thomas helped Tarleton State overcome a slow start and pull off its second overtime win of the season.

Lubbock Christian opened the game on a hot streak, scoring the first five points of the game and eventually stretching it to 19-11 for LCU's biggest lead of the game at 13:58 in the first half.

A jumper from Breanna Fuller, however, turned the tide and started a 9-2 TexAnn run to pull Tarleton within one at 21-20 with 11:46 left in the opening frame. The Lady Chaps would answer right back with six unanswered points to push their lead back to seven at 27-20.

After Lubbock Christian extended its lead back to eight at 31-23 with 6:36 in the opening half, Moore ended the run for the Lady Chaps with a layup and started a 14-4 run for the TexAnns to give them their first lead of the game at 37-35. A Thomas 3-ball at 1:49 capped off the run to put Tarleton on top.

LCU would tie it once again to end the first half in a 39-39 tie heading into halftime.

Out of the break, Thomas picked up right where she left off with a 3-ball to put Tarleton on top 42-39 - a lead they would stretch to as much as four before LCU tied it again at 45-45 with 16:24 left in the game.

The teams continued to battle for momentum over the next 13 minutes as Tarleton took a one-point lead and LCU held, at most, a four-point lead over that time until another Thomas long ball evened things up at 65-65 with 3:31 left in the game.

After a pair of Moore free throws, LCU scored four unanswered to even things up and take a two-point lead with 41 seconds left but Thomas answered the call one more time with a jumper of her own to tie things for the seventh time in the game. Back-to-back turnovers kept either team from getting another shot off, forcing overtime.

LCU and Thomas continued to trade 3-point buckets to start the overtime as the Lady Chaps hit the period-opening long ball before Thomas tied things up again on the other end.

The Lady Chaps answered with a layup before Bailey Wipff put the TexAnns on top with a bucket from beyond the arc off a pass from Thomas for a 71-70 lead with two minutes left. Tarleton committed a foul in the ensuing possession to send the Lady Chaps to the line with 1:48 left.

After only hitting one of two from the line to tie things up for the ninth time with 1:48 left, the teams traded misses on the next two possessions and Wipff grabbed a defensive board with 49 ticks to set up the game-winning possession.

The TexAnns got a look at a 3-pointer with 25 seconds and were unable to connect, but Moore was there to collect the board and put it right back for the 73-71 lead with 17 seconds left. LCU missed a last-second 3-ball and Tarleton went on to its third win of the season.

Thomas poured in a career-best 25 points on 9-14 shooting from the floor and a perfect 7-7 from downtown while Moore and Ikpeaku Iwobi scored 13 points each. Meagan O'Dell added 12 points off the bench on 4-6 shooting from beyond the arc.

Wipff (6) and Fuller (4) combined for 10 points off the bench to round out the scoring for Tarleton.

Tarleton shot 49 percent from the field and 62 percent from downtown on 13-21 shooting. The TexAnns were also a perfect 8-8 from the free throw line, compared to Lubbock Christian's 17-21 effort from the charity stripe.

The TexAnns will wrapped up their trip to Lubbock Saturday against Texas-Permian Basin in the Rip Griffin Center at LCU.