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McMurry Women's Hoops Tame Lions, 65-52, in Home Finale

Published On: Mar 02 2013 08:16:53 PM CST
Updated On: Mar 02 2013 08:24:51 PM CST
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ABILENE, Texas -
McMurry University's women's basketball team closed out its 
regular season slate with a 65-52 victory over the University of Arkansas-Fort 
Smith at Kimbrell Arena.  The win improved the War Hawks to 12-14, while the 
Lions fell to 7-19. 
 
The victory also gave McMurry back-to-back wins for the first time since 
December 8 as it heads into play at next week's National Christian College 
Athletic Association (NCCAA) Central Region tournament in Bartlesville, 
Oklahoma. 
 
McM also swept the season series from a Heartland Conference opponent for the 
fourth time this season (also gaining a pair of wins from Texas 
A&M-International, Oklahoma Panhandle State and St. Edward's during its 
inaugural season as a part of the league). 
 
The War Hawks led wire-to-wire, as every roster player available to McM head 
coach Veronica Snow<http://www.mcmurrysports.com/staff.aspx?staff=38> saw action 
in the contest by halftime. (The McM bench would eventually out-score the 
Lions', 29-5, for the game). 
 
McMurry raced out to a double-digit lead, 13-3, by the 13:35 mark of the opening 
period on a layup by Jamie Wilson. But the stubborn UAFS team refused to fold 
and, instead, battled back to within a single basket, 18-16, following a pair of 
free throws from Porsha Donnerson (who would finish the day with a double-double 
of 11 points and 11 rebounds) with 5:55 left until the break. 
 
But McM went on a mini, 6-2, run of its own to close the half and held a 24-18 
advantage going into the locker room. 
 
As the second half opened, the War Hawks began to open up a larger gap, pushing 
the lead back over double figures and maintaining it for the better part of the 
final 20 minutes of play. 
 
The Lions clawed back to within eight, 46-38, with 6:45 left in the game on a 
jumper from Brittany Holbert (7 points).  However, the visitors would get no 
closer down the stretch.  McMurry would lead by as much as 20 points, 60-40, 
with 3:40 to play after a fast-break layup by Rikeita Thomas, started by a deft 
outlet pass from Claire Bruffey. 
 
Thomas, a senior, finished her final game on her home floor with six points, 
five rebounds, four assists and a steal. Fellow senior M.J. Vickers, still 
fighting the effects of an ankle sprain last week, was scoreless in four minutes 
of work. 
 
Wilson, the War Hawks' third senior, shared high rebound honors (along with 
UAFS' Donnerson) with 11 boards. Wilson also tallied seven points and had three 
blocked shots in her home finale, as well. 
 
McMurry junior forward Keshia Collins had another of her patented all-around 
solid games. Collins shared scoring leader accolades – at 19 points – with the 
Lions' Katie BenAmor – while also pulling down eight rebounds.  Collins was 
9-of-19 from the floor, while passing off for three assists and making a pair of 
steals. 
 
Bruffey had eight points for McMurry, with Sierra Maykus adding seven and Katlyn 
Tarbet contributing six. 
 
As a team, the War Hawks shot an impressive 10-for-32 from beyond the arc (32.3 
percent), while limiting the Lions to 2-of-14 from long distance.  UAFS made a 
living from the free throw stripe, converting 18-of-24 tries, compared to McM's 
5-of-8 from the charity line for the afternoon.

Information provided by McMurry Athletics Dept.