STEPHENVILLE, Texas – Morgan Pullins helped the St. Mary’s women’s basketball team trim a one-time-15-point deficit to three in the waning seconds Wednesday night, positioning the Lady Rattlers on the cusp of a thrilling comeback against Tarleton State.
But despite Pullins’ basket-plus-the-foul with 12 seconds left, the TexAnns held on at Wisdom Gym, fighting off Pullins’ career-high 21 points off the bench to prevail 70-65.
Pullins, an athletic freshman post from Franklin, Mich., drew a foul on a layup with 12 seconds left, trimming the deficit its smallest amount of the second half at 68-65. But the Lady Rattlers would claw no closer, as the TexAnns made two foul shots on the other end, and the Lady Rattlers missed a pair of shots over the final seven seconds to fall to 0-3 on the season.
Tarleton State improved to 1-2.
Despite the loss, the young Lady Rattlers continued to show flashes of the team they could become.
Guard DeAnna Patterson (Sr., Converse, Texas) scored 12 points, while her former high school teammate at San Antonio Roosevelt High, guard Felicia Jacobs (Jr., San Antonio), hauled in a team-high eight rebounds. Patterson added four steals on the day.
St. Mary’s will return to the court on Friday, when it hosts Northeastern State at 5 p.m. at Bill Greehey Arena. The game can be viewed live at RattlerAthletics.com.