TWU rallied from an 18-point second-half deficit to get within four points but came up short Saturday, dropping a 58-52 decision to Angelo State at Kitty Magee Arena.
Rebekah Cluley led three Pioneers in double figures with a game-high 18 points. She also led the team with eight rebounds and four assists. Tabbatha Thurmond added 13 points while Ria Pateraki chipped in with 10. Rachel Schlosser came off the bench and cleared six rebounds.
TWU shot just 18.2 percent in the first half but trailed just 26-20 after outscoring the Rambelles 11-6 from the free throw line.
Angelo State opened the second half on a 14-2 run to take a 40-22 lead at 13:53 mark. The Pioneers chipped away and trailed by 11 with 2:56 left. TWU scored the next six points to make it 54-50 with 1:29 left, but the Rambelles made four of eight free throws to seal the win.
“We did not execute well on offense in the first half,” TWU coach Beth Jillson said. “We made a run after we dug ourselves a hole in the second half but missed some key shots at the end. We forced some turnovers and took care of the ball but gave up too many offensive rebounds.”
TWU shot 30.0 percent from the floor for the game after knocking down 39.3 percent of its shots in the second half. ASU outrebounded the Pioneers 45-28, including a 10-5 edge on the offensive end. TWU forced 18 turnovers while committing only 11.
The Pioneers will visit Midwestern State at 6 p.m. Wednesday for their final road game of the regular season.