STEPHENVILLE — TWU cut a 28-point deficit down to nine but could get no closer in an 87-69 loss to No. 19 Tarleton State on Saturday night.
Junior Ria Pateraki led three TWU players in double figures with 12 points. Freshman Kenesha Saygo added 11 points and senior Rebekah Cluley chipped in with 10. Barbara-Scott Kolb scored eight points, all in the first half.
Pateraki also led the team with eight rebounds while senior Kaitlyn Waller cleared seven boards.
In the first half, the TexAnns built an eight-point lead and led 21-15 at the 7:13 mark before TWU went on a run. The Pioneers scored eight straight points, capped by Kolb’s 3-pointer and Taylor Swift’s two free throws, to take a 23-21 lead.
Tarleton State responded with a 15-4 run to close out the half and led 36-27.
In the second half, the TexAnns went on top 72-44 at the 8:43 mark. TWU regrouped and used a 23-4 run to cut the deficit to 76-67 with 2:29 left. The Pioneers held Tarleton State without a field goal during the run.
The TexAnns hit seven of eight free throws to push the lead back to double digits, and TWU missed its final five shots.
“We can’t allow a team to go on a big run,” TWU coach Beth Jillson said. “We rallied and cut the deficit to nine in the final minutes, but it was too late.”
The Pioneers (4-7, 0-2 Lone Star) look to bounce back at 7 p.m. Tuesday when they host Texas A&M-Kingsville at Kitty Magee Arena.