ODESSA, Texas – The celebration that comes after a win has recently become an end-of-game routine for the Lady Rattlers (7-10), who have suddenly posted six victories in their last seven games.
The game against the University of Texas-Permian Basin followed this routine as well as the routine of the Rattlers’ regular hot shots finding the bucket once again in a double-digitvictory – this time winning 73-63 – over a solid Falcons team that came into Saturday’s match with only four losses out of 14 games.
A crowd of 250 saw the Lady Rattlers as unstoppable as they’ve been, getting their fourth straight win and second Heartland Conference victory.
Jackie Edwards (So., San Antonio, Texas) came out on top to lead her team with a season-high of 24 points, going 10 of 13 from the floor and sinking two 3-pointers. Edwards was versatile on the court, also coming away with the team high of four steals.
Liz Boyd (Jr., San Antonio, Texas) keeps upping her season-high points, raising it to 16 Saturday, capitalizing at the line for eight free throws and leading the team with six assists. Freshman Morgan Pullins (Franklin, Mich.) continues to remain a primary scoring threat with 16 against the Falcons and eight rebounds, followed by senior DeAnna Patterson (Converse, Texas), who added another nine.
What the crowd in Odessa, Texas saw Saturday was a repeat performance of Thursday’s victory over St. Edward’s, in which St. Mary’s (2-0 in conference) showed the same aggression on the court ending in a 13-point victory. Texas-Permian Basin (1-1 in conference) saw the vigor of the Rattlers that outscored them each half and led by as much as 11, and seeing they were not contained to being only a scoring team by outrebounding them 47-31. Kathryn Galindo (So., San Antonio, Texas) went 3 of 4 from the paint to total all six of the Rattlers’ bench points and helped total the 44 points in the paint for team. The Falcons had just 30 points in the paint.
St. Mary’s continues its conference play and hopefully its recent winning streak next Thurs., Jan. 12 in Goodwell, Okla., against Oklahoma Panhandle State. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.