February 23, 2009
San Antonio – Krystal Manning and Mary Tobias combined for 50 points as Texas A&M International University upset 20th-ranked St. Mary’s University, 81-67, in women’s basketball action Monday night at the Kinesiology Building.
The Dustdevils used a 14-4 run midway through the first half to take a commanding 26-12 lead of St. Mary’s with 6:57 left to play. The Rattlers rallied on a couple of late Natalie Gamez (Sr., San Antonio) baskets to cut the deficit to just eight at the break at 32-24. St. Mary’s kept up the heat early in the second half and a Gamez jumper made it a three-point game with 18:48 left to play. However, the Dustdevils responded with an 8-0 run to increase their lead to double digits again.
Again the Rattlers came back, going on an 11-0 run, which was keyed by a pair of Ashton Benford (Sr., Waxahachie) jumpers to tie the game at 46-46 with 11:01 in the game. But the Dustdevils used a decided edge at the free throw line, outscoring the Rattlers 30-9 from the charity stripe, to hold off St. Mary’s down the stretch for the win.
Farren Fox (Jr., Marble Falls) came off the bench to hit on 8-of-14 shots from the field for a team-high 19 points. Gamez chipped in with 18 points. Mallory Moeller (So., Seguin) had six points and 11 rebounds, while Rachel Jones (Sr., Little Rock, Ark.) added six points, 10 assists and nine rebounds.
With the loss the Rattlers fell to 21-4 overall and 10-2 in Heartland Conference play. TAMIU improved to 11-14, 8-4. St. Mary’s will return home on Thursday to host Newman University at 5:30 p.m. at Bill Greehey Arena.