DENTON, Texas – Junior Jessica Hanna scored a game-high 16 points, cleared eight rebounds and handed our three key assists to lead Texas Woman’s to a 56-46 upset win against No. 6 Northeastern State.
The Pioneers trailed just 1:38 of the entire game and held NSU to 21 points below its season average. TWU also outscored the RiverHawks 32-24 in the paint and scored 21 points off of NSU turnovers.
On the first position of the game, senior Kayla Weaver was fouled while shooting a 3-pointer. She hit all three free throws and Pioneers build a 10-4 lead after making their first three field goals attempts. TWU pushed the lead to seven points at 17-10 halfway through the first half but the RiverHawks chipped away to take a 24-23 lead at 2:41 mark. The Pioneers regained the lead on Weaver’s jumper in the paint and led 27-26 at the half.
Hanna scored TWU’s first six points to start the second half and the Pioneers led by six at 33-27. NSU answered with five consecutive points to cut the deficit to one point. After both teams traded baskets, the Pioneers went on a 9-0 run to build a 10-point lead, 47-37, with less than seven minutes to go. Freshman Tabbatha Thurmond gave TWU its biggest lead at 12 points with a 3-pointer at 4:06 mark.
The Pioneers’ defense stood solid, allowing just two field goals and four free throws in the final six minutes.
“Our team defense and our energy were outstanding and it reminded me of our first three games of the season in Disneyland,” said TWU head coach Beth Jillson. “We were patient on offense in the second half and executed really well. We were focused from start to finish and hit some big shots when we needed them late in the second half.”
Weaver also reached double digits in scoring with 11 points and junior Cambria Smith scored eight points, grabbed seven rebounds and handed out a game-high five assists. Junior Jeanee’ Thomson also added eight points and six rebounds.