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San Antonio – Five St. Mary’s University players scored in double figures, and the Rattlers forced 26 turnovers, leading to a 62-46 victory over the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Heartland Conference women’s basketball action Thursday night at Bill Greehey Arena.

St. Mary’s never trailed in the game and never led by less than 10 points in the second half. The Rattlers rolled to the win, despite not having their best night as a team. St. Mary’s shot just 35.8 percent from the field and committed 22 turnovers. They also only outrebounded the Falcons 37-36. But the Rattlers made 50 percent (4-8) shots from three-point range and hit on 80 percent (20-25) of their free throws to pick up the win.

Liz Boyd (Fr., San Antonio) led the way in scoring with 13 points on 4-of-9 shooting. She also pulled down 7 rebounds and had 5 steals. Kristin Williams (Jr., Kansas City, Mo.) scored 12 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for her 10th double-double this season. Nicole James (So., Indianapolis) also had a strong all-around performance, scoring 12 points, dishing out 7 assists and pulling down 5 rebounds. Mareta Bailey (Jr., Grand Prairie, Texas) had 11 points, while DeAnna Patterson (So., Converse, Texas) came off the bench to score 10 points.

The Rattlers took control of the game from the start, forcing 16 first half turnovers, while limiting UTPB to just 25.0 percent (6-24) shooting from the field in the first half. After Miesha Blackshear made a jumper with 16:14 left in the half, the Rattlers held the Falcons without a point over the next 4:33 and extended their lead into double figures. In the second half, the Rattlers lead extended to as much as 18 points.

With the win, St. Mary’s improved to 16-6 overall, 8-2 in Heartland Conference play. The win was the ninth in 10 games for the Rattlers. With the loss, UTPB fell to 11-10, 5-4. The Rattlers will return to action on Saturday, when they host Oklahoma Panhandle State University at 2 p.m. at Bill Greehey Arena.

ST. MARY’S (TEXAS) 62, TEXAS-PERMIAN BASIN 46
02/04/10 5:30 p.m. at Bill Greehey Arena, San Antonio, TX
TEXAS-PERMIAN BASIN (11-10, 5-4)
Tammy Acosta 5-8 2-5 13; Miesha Blackshear 5-9 0-0 10; Taja Tanner 2-6 3-4 7; Callie Norris 2-7 0-0 5; Andrea Chavez 2-5 0-0 4; Lauren Unger 1-7 0-0 3; Domonique Haywood 1-4 0-2 2; Micaela Jackson 1-6 0-0 2; Pasha Cornish 0-4 0-0 0; Simone Jackson 0-2 0-0 0; Christina Lira 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-58 5-11 46.

ST. MARY’S (TEXAS) (16-6, 8-2)

Liz Boyd 4-9 4-6 13; Nicole James 1-2 10-10 12; Kristen Williams 5-14 2-3 12; Mareta Bailey 5-9 1-2 11; DeAnna Patterson 3-4 2-2 10; Chastity Noble 1-3 0-0 3; Mallory Moeller 0-5 1-2 1; Amber Sophus 0-5 0-0 0; Jenni Endres 0-2 0-0 0; Felicia Jacobs 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-53 20-25 62.
Texas-Permian Basin 16 30 – 46
St. Mary’s (Texas) 32 30 – 62

3-point goals – Texas-Permian Basin 3-19 (Lauren Unger 1-4; Callie Norris 1-6; Tammy Acosta 1-2; Andrea Chavez 0-1; Micaela Jackson 0-4; Pasha Cornish 0-1; Miesha Blackshear 0-1), St. Mary’s (Texas) 4-8 (DeAnna Patterson 2-3; Chastity Noble 1-2; Liz Boyd 1-2; Nicole James 0-1).

Fouled out – Texas-Permian Basin – None, St. Mary’s (Texas) – Amber Sophus.

Rebounds – Texas-Permian Basin 36 (Miesha Blackshear 8), St. Mary’s (Texas) 37 (Kristen Williams 10).

Assists – Texas-Permian Basin 12 (Andrea Chavez 3; Tammy Acosta 3), St. Mary’s (Texas) 15 (Nicole James 7).

Total fouls – Texas-Permian Basin 23, St. Mary’s (Texas) 17.

Technical fouls – Texas-Permian Basin – None, St. Mary’s (Texas) – None.

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