ODESSA, Texas - The McMurry University women's basketball team lost its final regular season road game of the season, falling to Heartland Conference champion UT-Permian Basin, 64-40, at the Falcon Dome. The loss dropped the War Hawks to 10-14, while UTPB improved to 19-5 overall.
McM showed the effects of having to play its second game in a little over 24-hours (due to its game at Oklahoma Panhandle State being pushed back to Friday after Thursday's snowstorm in that region), shooting an icy 21 percent (12-57) from the field – including 0-20 from beyond the arc – and losing to the Falcons for the second time this season.
UTPB built a 14-point lead at the intermission, 35-21, by making good on 10-of-24 from the floor and 12-of-16 from the free throw stripe.
McMurry worsened an already difficult situation with a cold start to the second half of play. The War Hawks were 0-9 from the field to open the second, until registering their first field goal of the period on a layup by Taylor Russell at the 12:21 mark, on a nice feed from Ashton Jones.
The Falcons enjoyed the double-digit lead the entire second half in cruising home with the win. On the afternoon, UTPB shot 40 percent (19-47) overall and 23-of-33 from the line. The hosts also held a 44-40 advantage on the boards and also assisted on 13 of its 19 FG's made.
Keshia Collins paced McMurry's team with 12 points, hitting 4-of-17 from the field. Collins also had a team-high eight rebounds and two blocked shots in the game.
Senior point guard Rikeita Thomas was the only other McM player in double figures, tallying 10. Thomas was 4-of-5 from the free throw line and also pulled down three rebounds.
Senior forward Jamie Wilson had six points and six rebounds before fouling out with 7:13 left to play.
Bridget Dorn, a sophomore, got the start in place of the injured M.J. Vickers and responded with five points, two blocks and three steals.
Russell (3 points), Sierra Maykus (2 points) and Katlyn Tarbet (2 points) rounded out the War Hawks' scoring in the game.
Information provided by McMurry athletics department.
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