SAN ANGELO–Ashton Benford’s big night was the lone highlight for St. Mary’s University as the Rattlers shot just 25.0 percent from the field and fell to Angelo State University, 72-43, in women’s basketball action Tuesday night at the Junell Center.

Benford (So., Waxahachie) posted season highs for points (17), rebounds (11) and blocked shots (4), to lead the Rattlers in all three categories. She hit on 3-of-9 shots from the field, but made 11-of-15 free throws. She was the only Rattler to reach double figures in scoring in the game. Kyra Woods (Fr., San Antonio) had her second straight solid performance with nine points and five rebounds.

Through the first half the game was a tight affair, but the Rambelles pulled away at the end of the half to take a 33-25 lead at the break. In the second half the Rattlers hit on just 19.2 percent (5-26) of their shots from the field, while ASU made 38.1 percent (16-42) to outscore the Rattlers 39-18 in the second period.

Three ASU players scored in double figures with Ashley King leading the way with 18 points. Kandra Lakey had 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Meghann LeJeune picked up 10 points and nine rebounds.

With the loss the Rattlers have now lost five games in a row and are 1-5 on the season. Angelo State is 3-0 overall. The Rattlers will return to action on Thursday at 6 p.m. when they travel to Abilene to take on Abilene Christian.

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