ODESSA, Texas – Senior Keshia Collins had a career-high 31 points in her final game for McMurry University women’s basketball team, but it was not enough to keep her team from a 70-57 Heartland Conference loss at University of Texas-Permian Basin at the Falcon Dome.
Collins – playing close to her hometown of Midland, Texas for her career finale – hit 11-of-23 from the floor, while connecting on 8-of-10 from the free throw stripe. Collins also had game-leading totals with eight rebounds and four assists. She also had one block.
Collins finished her career ranking second all-time for McM in points (1,466), rebounds (690) and steals (210). She also amassed 94 blocked shots and 210 assists during her time in the Maroon and White. Her career averages for 106 games played – every game possible during her four seasons – was 13.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.8 steals, 0.9 blocks and 1.9 steals per game.
Unfortunately for the War Hawks (3-23, 3-17 HC), Collins’ efforts were not enough to deter the Falcons in their final home game. McMurry trailed by just four points at the intermission, 35-31, but found itself out-distanced by UTPB by nine points in the second stanza.
Sophomore Sierra Maykus was the only other McM player in double figures, scoring all 10 of her points in the first half of action. Sophomore Ana Dominguez added eight points and four rebounds. Tineka Lawson chipped in four points and grabbed six boards, while Adijatu Disu and Taylor Russell closed out the scoring with three and one point, respectively.
McMurry’s other senior in uniform, Jaryn Koenig, was held scoreless, but had a rebound and a block in 13 minutes on the floor. The team’s third senior – Tory Salazar – was sidelined with a foot injury.
UTPB made a living from the free throw line by making good on 25-of-34 attempts (74 percent). Conversely, the War Hawks went to the charity stripe 19 times, converting 12 (63 percent).
The Falcons shot 41 percent (20-49) from the field as a team. McMurry was at 41 percent (21-57) shooting.