ABILENE, Texas – Playing in their final home game, McMurry University senior women’s basketball players Keshia Collins and Tory Salazar put on a show in their final game before the home crowd, only to see their team fall short versus Texas A&M International University, 86-59.
The Dustdevils (19-6, 15-4 HC), the second place team in the Heartland Conference standings, led by nine at the half over the War Hawks (3-21, 3-15 HC), before extending in the second segment.
Collins, who has established herself as one of the finest all-around players to wear the Maroon & White, put all of her basketball skills on display versus TAMIU. Collins led McM in virtually every statistical category in her finale at Kimbrell Arena, flirting with a rare triple-double. She scored 22 points on a 10-for-23 shooting night from the floor, pulled down nine rebounds, gave off seven assists, blocked five shots and made three steals.
For Salazar, just being on the floor would have been a huge accomplishment. But the senior guard also managed a productive outing, despite playing on an injured foot that had kept her out of four of the previous five contests for McMurry. Salazar scored 11 points (the only other McM player in double digits) and grabbed four rebounds, while enduring the pain to stay in the game for 23 minutes of her home game swan song.
Fellow senior Jaryn Koenig, a two-year letterwinner as a transfer last season, had two points and three boards.
Freshman Katy Boren added eight points of the War Hawks’ bench.
TAMIU led at the half 43-34 and opened it up in the second half by out-distancing McM 43-25 in the final period. The Dustdevils held a huge margin in rebounding, 47-29, and out-scored McMurry in second-chance points, 18-6.