San Antonio – Natalie Gamez scored 16 points to help St. Mary’s University hold off a second-half rally by Texas A&M-International University, as the Rattlers won their school-record 20th straight game, 70-59, in Heartland Conference women’s basketball action Monday night at Bill Greehey Arena.

Gamez (Jr., San Antonio) hit on just 4-of-15 shots, but made three three-pointers and hit on 5-of-6 shots from the free throw line to lead all players with 16 points. She added six rebounds and four assists in the game. No other Rattlers scored in double figures, but five other players had at least eight points in the game.

St. Mary’s ran out to a big first half lead and took a 42-25 edge into the locker room. But TAMIU started the second half with a 19-5 run to cut the Rattler lead to just three at 47-44 with 10:24 left to play. However, the Rattlers regrouped and expanded their lead to as much as 13 points in the closing minutes to secure the win.

As a team the Rattlers shot just 38.6 percent (22-57) from the field, but made 10-of-27 three-pointers and outrebounded the Dustdevils 46-31 in the game.

Mary Tobias led Texas A&M-International in scoring with 15 points. Jasmine June also had 10 points. As a team the Dustdevils shot 34.5 percent from the field (20-58).

With the win St. Mary’s improved to 21-4 overall and 12-0 in Heartland Conference play. The Rattlers also finished a perfect 12-0 at home this season. TAMIU fell to 7-17, 3-9. St. Mary’s will go for its 21st straight win on Thursday night when they travel to Wichita, Kan., to face Newman University at 5:30 p.m.

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