Feb 22, 2014 10:31 PM by Texas A&M Kingsville
KINGSVILLE, Texas - The Texas A&M-Kingsville women's basketball team shot its way to an all important fifth Lone Star Conference win on Saturday afternoon knocking down a season-best 57.7% from the floor en route to an 83-77 victory over Midwestern State on Kingsville Hampton Inn Court.
With the win, the Javelinas are now 5-10 in the Lone Star Conference and have a 10-15 overall record. With the fifth conference victory, the Javelinas are tied for sixth with Cameron in the standings and are a half game ahead of Eastern New Mexico and Texas A&M-Commerce, who are both 4-10 on the season, with a trip to Allen for the LSC Championship on the line.
All five Javelinas starters finished with double digits led by Rosalie Cutri, who had 25 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the field and a 7-of-7 performance at the foul line. The 25 points tied her career-high. Lindsey Mahone added 17 points and Ashley Viera dropped in 16.
Despite dealing with foul trouble that limited her to 22 minutes, Lauren Jay had her second double-double of the year with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Jay finished with four steals.
The game was tight throughout the first 12 minutes with game tied at 21 after a pair of free throws by Cutri with 8:14 left in the half. It was the fourth tie.
Kingsville broke the tie with seven points in a row for a 28-21 lead with six minutes left in the half.
Janae McJunkins would pull Midwestern to within a point at the intermission with five straight points to cap a 7-0 run.
In the second half, Kingsville took a double-digit lead just over five minutes in to a 13-4 run to start the half. Mahone had six points during the early spurt.
The Javelinas continued to build on its lead throughout the final period with Cutri tallying seven consecutive points with six minutes left to make it 77-59.
Lisa Hampton hit a pair of late 3-point baskets in the final 18 seconds to help cut the final deficit to 83-77.
Andrea Carter led the visitors with 25 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the floor. Hampton had 15 on five treys and McJunkins had 11.
The Javelinas close out the regular season on Saturday when they host Angelo State at 1 p.m. on Kingsville Hampton Inn Court.