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Women's basketball: Pioneers drop hard-fought contest at Tarleton

STEPHENVILLE — Despite four Pioneers scoring in double figures, TWU fell 71-69 at Tarleton State on Wednesday.

Rebekah Cluley led the Pioneers with a career-high 17 points on 7-for-10 shooting, while Tabbatha Thurmond added 14 points. Toree Mason scored 11 points while Barbara-Scott Kolb chipped in with a career-high 10 points. Junior guards Taylor Swift and Rachel Schlosser each added eight points.

TWU shot a season-high 51.0 percent from the floor.

The teams went back and forth throughout the first half until Tarleton State built an eight-point lead at 40-32 with 1:47 left in the half. The Pioneers answered with five straight points and trailed by just three at the break.

TWU shot 52.0 percent in the first 20 minutes but was outscored 17-5 from the free throw line.

The Pioneers continued their run and scored the first six points of the second half to take a 43-40 lead. TWU maintained the lead until the 6:57 mark, including a five-point lead midway through the half.

The TexAnns used a 7-0 run to go on top 63-59 with less than six minutes to go, but the Pioneers answered to tie the game. After two more ties, Tarleton State scored the game-winning layup with 14 seconds left.

TWU outrebounded the TexAnns 29-28.

Tarleton State came into the game leading the Lone Star Conference in rebounding margin at plus-5.7.

The TexAnns were led by Kiara Wright’s career-high 34 points. Tarleton State outscored the Pioneers 21-12 from the free throw line.

“We let one slip away,” TWU coach Beth Jillson said. “We had both positives and negatives today. We shot over 50 percent, outrebounded them and had four players in double figures for the positives. For negative, we let their No. 33 [Wright] do whatever she wants inside. We need to be tough and more physical inside.”

TWU (6-11, 4-7 Lone Star) will host Texas A&M-Commerce at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Kitty Magee Arena.