San Antonio – St. Mary’s blew a tight game wide open with a 38-7 run over a 17:18 period of the game and rolled to a 68-42 win over Texas A&M International University in Heartland Conference women’s basketball action Saturday afternoon at Bill Greehey Arena.

The game turned with 3:36 left in the first half. Courtney Dixon completed an 8-2 Dustdevil run with a 3-pointer, tying the game at 22-22. That basket would be the last one that the Dustdevils would get for the next five minutes. The Rattlers finished the first half on a 14-0 run. Chastity Noble (Sr., El Paso, Texas) keyed the run, scoring 8 points to lead the way for the Rattlers, who led 36-22 at the halftime break.

The Rattlers took their momentum from the end of the first half and carried it over into the second period. St. Mary’s started the second half by outscoring the Dustdevils 24-7, giving the Rattlers a 60-29 lead with 6:18 left in the game. From there the Rattlers were never challenged.

Noble led the way for the Rattlers, scoring 15 points on a perfect 6-of-6 shooting from the field, including 3-of-3 from 3-point range. Kristin Williams (Jr., Kansas City) scored 11 points and pulled down 6 rebounds in just 17 minutes of playing time. Mareta Bailey (Jr., Grand Prairie, Texas) came off the bench to score 11 points and pull down 6 rebounds.

As a team, the Rattlers hit on 43.1 percent (25-58) of their shots from the field. They outrebounded the Dustdevils 40-36, while holding TAMIU to just 26.4 percent (14-53) shooting from the field.

With the win, St. Mary’s improved to 19-6 overall and 11-2 in Heartland Conference play this season. TAMIU fell to 4-20, 3-8. The Rattlers will return to action next Saturday at 2 p.m. at Bill Greehey Arena, when they face the University of the Incarnate Word for the Heartland Conference regular season title.

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