Midwestern State University utilized its strong inside game to hand McMurry University a 79-59 non-conference loss at Kimbrell Arena. The War Hawks fell to 1-6 on the year, while the Mustangs improved to 4-3 overall.
McMurry raced out to a six-point lead at the 9:45 juncture of the first half, 16-10, on a steal and layup by Keshia Collins. That would be the largest advantage by either team in the opening stanza, which featured two ties and six lead changes. MSU would eventually take a 27-24 margin into the halftime locker room.
The Mustangs maintained their lead in the second period, upping it to nine points, 44-53, on a three-point play by Shatoia Gober with 8:15 left in the game. A pair of free throws by McM’s Taylor Russell and a Tessa Ramirez jumper got the War Hawks back to a five-point deficit, 48-53.
But that would be as close as the War Hawks would get, as MSU asserted itself down the stretch, especially in the paint. In a span of a little over five minutes, McMurry was out-scored 18-3 and found itself on the downside of a 71-51 score with 2:12 to play.
For the game, MSU out-dueled the War Hawks on the inside game to the tune of 52-to-12 points. The Mustangs also converted 24 McM turnovers into 27 points. The McMurry bench held the upper hand in scoring, 23-19.
Collins led McM with 16 points – hitting 6-of-10 from the floor – and making two steals. Sophomore Sierra Maykus had her third-straight double-digit scoring game with 11 points.
Maykus and junior teammate Adijatu Disu led the War Hawks’ board game, with five rebounds each. Senior Tory Salazar had four rebounds and seven points.
Freshman Katy Boren had her best game as a War Hawk, tallying 10 points. Boren connected on 3-of-6 from the floor – including 2-of-5 from beyond the arc – and hit both of her free throw tries in 14 minutes on the court.
The Mustangs shot 50 percent from the field (28-of-56) for the game. McMurry managed to shoot just shy of 38 percent (17-of-49) from the floor.
MSU’s Dianna Jones led all scorers with 21 points. Gober finished with 12 points and eight rebounds.
Information provided by McMurry athletics department.