Mustangs continue recent home dominance against WT

On Thursday, West Texas A&M brought a new head coach, a revamped roster, and an undefeated record to D.L. Ligon Coliseum. One thing that didn’t change was Midwestern State’s recent success at home against the Lady Buffs.

MSU won its third consecutive home game against WT with a dominating 61-49 victory in front of 887 fans.

The Mustangs used a stout defensive effort and a bit of luck to hold the Lady Buffs to 15 of 75 from the field in the contest.

“The key to our defense tonight was moving our feet,” MSU coach Christopher Reay said. “We moved our feet and stayed between them and the basket, causing them to struggle. 

“They missed some easy shots they normally hit, but they are at their best when they can draw the defense and create for other players. However, because we stayed between them and the basket, they didn’t have an angle to draw anyone over, and we were able to get the rebound.”

Frances King continued her outstanding play leading MSU with 21 points, while Hannah Reynolds posted a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

“(King) and I have been talking about trying to stay even keel. She’s fun to coach because she can see the advantage before they happen,” Reay said. “They were switching on us, and we took advantage early to get the look in the paint, but they started cheating that play, and she went baseline and got two layups. So that’s the evolution of her game, and it’s fun to watch.”

The Mustangs return home on Saturday with a renewal of the Red River Rivalry against Cameron. The game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

Midwestern State 61, West Texas A&M 49

WEST TEXAS A&M (12-8, 5-1)

Taylor Williams 6-11 0-0 16; Karley Motschenbache 2-11 6-10 11; Madison Kast 2-10 0-0 4; Lauren Taylor 1-6 0-1 2; Jayla Burgess 0-6 1-2 1; Haylei Janssens 3-8 1-1 7; McKauley Gregory 1-2 0-0 3; Zamorye Roberts 0-10 2-2 2; Alivia Lewis 0-9 3-4 3; Jillian Sowell 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 15-75 13-20 49.

MIDWESTERN STATE (10-7, 4-3)

Shawnisay Millar 2-8 2-3 6; Frances King 7-11 6-7 21; Hannah Reynolds 4-10 2-2 10; Markayla Johnson 2-4 1-2 6; Morgan Lenahan 2-10 3-4 7; Eternity Jackson 1-2 1-2 3; Sheridan Bostic 0-0 0-0 0; Yasmine Sifaoui 0-1 0-0 0; Jordan Mathis 2-3 0-2 4; Mandy Withey 1-2 0-0 2; Team 0-0 0-0 2. Totals 21-51 15-22 61.

WT    –  6  9  13  21 – 49

MSU    –  12  16  20  13 – 61   

3-Point Goals — WT 6-23 (Williams 4-8, Motschenbache 1-4, Kast 0-1, Taylor 0-3, Janssens 0-1, Gregory 1-1, Roberts 0-4, Sowell 0-1); MSU 2-7 (Millar 0-2, King 1-2, Johnson 1-1, Lenahan 0-1, Jackson 0-1). Fouled Out — WT (None); MSU (None). Rebounds — WT 51 (Janssens 9); MSU 46 (Reynolds 11). Assists — WT 7 (Burgess 2); MSU 11 (King, Lenahan 4). Total Fouls — WT 20, MSU 19. Technicals — WT (None); MSU (None). A — 887.