KINGSVILLE, Texas – Opening up a two-game road trip in Texas, the Western Oregon University women’s basketball team nearly rallied in the fourth quarter before Texas A&M-Kingsville held on for the 66-56 victory Wednesday inside Steinke Center.

“Texas A&M-Kingsville is a tough team and Anastacia Mickens really hurt us tonight. Despite the outcome, I’m proud of how we competed down the stretch. We chipped away at their lead and gave ourselves a chance in the fourth,” head coach Holli Howard-Carpenter said.

Tresai McCarver put together a big game for the Wolves (3-2) tallying 17 points on 7-13 shooting. She also added four rebounds, three assists and a steal. Ana McClave reached double-figures in scoring with 11 points and added eight rebounds. Cali McClave just missed double-figures with nine points and two steals. Meadow Aragon sent back three more blocks, while adding six points and five rebounds.

Trailing by as many as 14 in the second half, WOU began to chip away in the fourth quarter. A pair of free throws by Aragon helped start a 6-0 run to the quarter. Cali McClave added a jumper and Makenna Gambee closed the run with another jumper at the 8:16 mark that had the Wolves back to within six at 47-41.

Near the midway point of the quarter, a Cali McClave jumper off the fastbreak trimmed the deficit down to five. After Texas A&M-Kingsville (3-1) had the lead back out to nine, WOU made a push over the final few minutes of the game.

Ana McClave picked up an offensive rebound and putback, followed by a jumper from Aragon and then Ana McClave closed the quick 6-0 run with a layup at the 2:04 mark that had WOU to within three at 58-55.

The Javelinas came up with a big jumper on the next trip down the floor to move the lead back to five. Approaching a minute to play after McCarver hit a free throw, the Javelinas were able to seal the deal hitting six foul shots down the stretch for the win.

Early on, McCarver opened the scoring 15 seconds in with a layup. After WOU tied the score at five and then again at seven, TAMK closed the opening quarter on a 9-3 run to take a 16-10 lead entering the second frame.

“We had a solid start and we got great looks, but they just didn’t fall. I thought we worked hard to do other things to stay in the game and we did a great job on the glass,” Howard-Carpenter said.

WOU was only able to get as close as eight points throughout the second quarter, with the last coming on a jumper by McCarver with just 11 seconds to play before the Javelinas closed the first half scoring with a layup in the final seconds to take a 31-21 halftime lead.

The Wolves came out strong in the second half with McCarver hitting a jumper, Cali McClave a layup and then McCarver closing the 6-0 run to start the third quarter with a jumper off the fastbreak to cut the deficit back to four.

The Javelinas responded the rest of the quarter outscoring WOU 16-8 to take a 47-35 lead into the final quarter.

WOU went 23-67 (34.3) from the field, 1-22 (4.5) from three and 9-12 (75) from the foul line. The Wolves held advantages on points in the paint (38-26) and fastbreak points (14-6). WOU was plus-11 in rebounding (46-35), including a plus-seven edge (17-10) on the offensive glass.

TAMK went 21-60 (35) from the field, 5-20 (25) from three and 19-24 (79.2) from the foul line. In addition to being plus-10 at the foul line, the Javelinas led in points off turnovers (14-10), second chance points (15-5) and bench points (37-6).

Anastacia Mickens came off the bench to lead TAMK and all-scorers with 24 points, while adding eight rebounds and four steals. Kryslyn Jones also added 13 points, six rebounds and three steals off the bench.

WOU will stay in Texas this week as they will face Texas A&M-International in Laredo on Friday starting at 2 p.m. (Pacific).

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