Story provided by Dave Beyer, McMurry Sports Information Director
GOODWELL, Okla. – McMurry’s women’s basketball team rode a strong game by senior Keshia Collins to top Oklahoma Panhandle State University, 62-51, to open a four-game road swing. The win was the War Hawks’ second of the season over the Aggies.
McMurry (3-16, 3-10 HC) was able to roll out to a seven-point halftime lead, 31-24, thanks to some balanced contributions from its roster. Collins headed the way with 11 points and four steals in the opening stanza versus the Aggies (1-20, 1-14 HC).
Tineka Lawson added six points, while Adijatu Disu and Katey Boren each tallied five points in the opening 20 minutes for McM.
OPSU’s Sarah Johnson matched Collins in the first half with 11 points for the Aggies.
OPSU led by four points with 9:54 left until the break, 17-13. A Collins layup helped McM pull ahead, 24-20, four minutes later. With just 2:29 left, a Johnson jumper got OPSU to within a single point, 25-24.
However, the War Hawks scored the final six points of the half for the seven-point halftime cushion.
McMurry opened the second half and built a double-digit lead by the 12:19 juncture when Collins registered her 20th point of the night with a trey that made it 44-34. McM’s largest lead of 12 points, 46-34, came a few seconds later after a pair of free throws from Nicolette Erkman.
OPSU made one last charge at the War Hawks, pulling to within five points, 48-43, with 5:10 left to play. However, a three-point play by Collins nullified the Aggies comeback bid, failing to get closer than six points down the stretch.
Collins equaled her season-high point total with 25 (also tallying 25 versus Colorado Mines back on Nov. 16), hitting 10-of-21 from the field and 4-of-4 from the free throw stripe. She also had a block and six steals.
Disu finished with seven points, while Lawson, Sierra Maykus and Katlyn Tarbet had six points, apiece. All three also garnered four rebounds. Boren finished with five points.
McM’s Ana Dominguez grabbed seven boards and Taylor Russell pulled down six caroms.
Johnson finished with 19 points to lead the Aggies. She also corralled six rebounds.
Both teams shot well from the charity line. McMurry hit 20-of-22 free throws, while the Aggies converted 15-of-16.
The victory over OPSU snapped an eight-game skid for the War Hawks. McMurry will continue its road trip on Saturday versus Newman University in Wichita, Kansas.
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