ODESSA, Texas – The Lady Rattlers outshot Texas-Permian Basin by 10 percentage points Thursday night, usually the sort of stat that spells victory.
There was just one problem on this night: When the opponent gets off way, way more shots, the percentage at which they fall becomes drastically less important.
Dominating the boards, Texas-Permian Basin outgunned St. Mary’s 73-60 on the road.
Three Rattlers reached double figures in scoring, led by Mallory Moeller’s (Sr., Geronimo, Texas) 12 points. DeAnna Patterson (Jr., Converse, Texas) drained three 3-pointers to finish with 11 points, while Liz Boyd (So., San Antonio) added 10.
The loss dropped the Lady Rattlers (12-9, 4-2 in Heartland Conference) out of a three-way tie for first place and into third place in the league standings.
St. Mary’s will get a prime chance to climb back up the standings when it places at St. Edward’s on Saturday.
The Lady Rattlers hit on 52 percent of their shots Thursday, but managed 21 fewer attempts than the Falcons. While St. Mary’s made 25 of 48 shots, UTPB was 29 of 69.
St. Mary’s lost the rebounding battle 41-29, including 20-6 no the offensive glass. The Falcons totaled 13 second-chance points en route to leading much of the night.