SAN ANGELO — With only eight available players, TWU defeated host Angelo State 61-39 on Saturday.
Guard Rachel Schlosser led a balanced Pioneer attack with a game-high 14 points. Tabbatha Thurmond added 10 points, while Toree Mason chipped in with nine points and Taylor Swift scored eight. Rebekah Cluley and Kaitlyn Waller added seven points apiece.
Waller led the Pioneers (5-9, 3-5 Lone Star) with seven rebounds. Barbara-Scott Kolb handed out a game-high six assists.
The Pioneers held ASU to one field goal while building a 21-4 lead. TWU forced 10 turnovers and made the Rambelles miss 13 straight shots during that span.
The Pioneers shot 33.0 percent from the floor in the first half and hit six of seven free throws to take a 28-16 halftime lead.
The Rambelles started the second half on a 10-2 run to cut the deficit to four points. TWU answered, scoring 14 of the next 16 points to push the lead to 44-28. The Pioneers took the game’s biggest lead at 60-34 with less than four minutes to go.
“Everything clicked on both offense and defense, and it’s a good team win,” TWU coach Beth Jillson said. “Everyone played hard, and the key to the game was that we only had nine turnovers.
“We did a great job executing offensively and held them to only 39 points. They made a run in the second half, but we did not hang our head down when they cut it to four. We responded with a run to put the game away.”
TWU shot 40.0 percent from the floor while the Rambelles shot just 27.0 percent. The Pioneers made 12 of 16 free throws and handed out 15 assists.
The Pioneers will play host to Midwestern State at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
TWU opens with victory
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — TWU sophomore Spencer Jones won the all-around title and helped the Pioneers capture a season-opening road win at Bowling Green. TWU rallied to win 191.800-191.150.
Jones finished with a score of 38.225 and captured her second all-around title.
The Pioneers stumbled out of the gates as they counted a fall in their first rotation on bars. TWU finished with a 46.950 in the event, led by Bethany Larimer’s 9.675. Courtney Cochefski posted a 9.500 while Paisley Read scored 9.450.
TWU regrouped to post three scores better than 9.670 on vault and finished with a 48.275. Amy Winczura placed second and led the Pioneers with a 9.750, while Larimer posted 9.725 and Kayla Jones scored 9.675.
On floor exercise, the Pioneers once again stumbled and posted a 47.850. Kristin Edwards tied for first with a 9.750, and Margaret Mayfield scored a 9.625. Kayla Jones finished with a 9.575.
The Pioneers saved their best for last as they posted a 48.725 on balance beam in the final rotation. Larimer tied for first with a 9.800, while Spencer Jones recorded a 9.775 and Ciara Maradiaga recorded a 9.750. Mayfield finished at 9.725.
“We had couple of uncharacteristic falls on bars, but I anticipate this event to be our strongest event this season,” TWU coach Lisa Bowerman said. “I am proud of the team for regrouping and finishing strong. Beam is absolutely a highlight after struggling the last couple of years. Spencer was phenomenal winning the all-around, but one person that really stood out was Margaret. She had three solid routines today.”
The Pioneers will return to action when they host a four-way meet at 7 p.m. Saturday. Arizona, BYU and Wisconsin-Whitewater will visit Kitty Magee Arena.