KINGSVILLE – Texas A&M University-Commerce shot 64 percent from the field in the second half and outscored St. Mary’s University 45-29 in that period, helping the Lions to a 72-54 win over the Rattlers in women’s basketball action Saturday afternoon at the Turkey Day Shootout, held at the Steinke Center.

The Lions dominated in the post area, outscoring the Rattlers 36-16. They also dominated at the free throw line, hitting on 20-of-28 shots from the charity stripe, while St. Mary’s only took four free throws the entire game. The Rattlers committed 23 fouls to just nine for TAMUC.

The Rattlers fell behind in the first three minutes of the game and never led again, though the game was close until a late run extended the Lion lead to 18. St. Mary’s committed 19 turnovers to just nine for the Lions.

Charlena Rodez (Sr., Cedar Park) led the Rattlers with 15 points, while freshman Kyra Woods (Fr., San Antonio) had her best game to date, scoring 10 points and pulling down seven rebounds. Ashton Benford (So., Waxahachie) had nine points and nine rebounds.

Katedria Mosley led all players with 20 points and added nine rebounds. Kanani Marshal had 17 points, while Britney Jordan added 13.

With the loss the Rattlers fell to 1-4 overall this season and have lost four straight games. TAMUC improved to 5-2. St. Mary’s will return to action on Tuesday when they travel to San Angelo to take on Angelo State University in a non-conference matchup at 7 p.m.

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