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DII: West Texas A&M extends winning streak to league-best nine games

DENTON, Texas -- In a physical game, No. 7 West Texas A&M remained unbeaten in Lone Star Conference as they improved to 16-1 overall and 7-0 in Lone Star Conference play with an 81-65 victory at Texas Woman's on Sunday afternoon. The victory extended WT's winning streak to a league-best nine games. With the loss, TWU fell to 8-9 on the year and 4-3 in league play.

In a game that saw a combined 66 fouls and 53 free throw attempts between them, the Lady Buffs were led by 17 points from senior Devin Griffin and 17 points from senior Raven Gerald. Senior Lacee Logan added 14 points to lead three players in double figures.  Gerald was perfect on the day going 4 of 4 from the field, 1 of 1 from beyond the arc and a perfect 8 of 8 from the line with three rebounds and a team-high four assists.

As a team, WT shot 50.9 percent for the game on 28 of 55 from the field. It was 7 of 16 from beyond the arc and 18 of 24 from the line.  The Lady Buffs had 31 rebounds on the game with 11 on the offensive glass.

TWU was led by 17 points from Rebekah Cluley as she was just 2 of 7 from the field with one triple, but was a game-high 12 of 12 from the line to keep the Pioneers in it until the end. Ria Pateraki added 16 points and Barbara-Scott Kolb chipped in 13.

The Pioneers shot 40.4 percent from the field on 19 of 47. They were 4 of 13 from beyond the arc, but were an impressive 23 of 29 from the line for 79.3 percent. WT held a 32-22 lead in points in the paint and a 24-17 lead in points off turnovers.

No. 2 Emporia State 73, Central Oklahoma 50

 EMPORIA, Kan. -- Second-ranked Lady Hornets put three players in double figures in a 73-50 victory against Central Oklahoma on Sunday afternoon at Slaymaker Court in White Auditorium. The win is the 12th consecutive at home for Emporia State to match the sixth longest home court winning streak in school history.

The Bronchos jumped out to an early 9-2 lead only to see the Lady Hornets respoind with a 9-2 run of their own. An Olivia Mason jumper gave Central Oklahoma a 17-16 lead with 12:21 left in the half before Emporia State went on a 19-4 run to take control of the game. The Lady Hornets would take a 21 point lead into the lockerroom at 47-26.

An 8-2 run to open the half gave Emporia State the biggest lead of the day at 55-28 with 16:55 left in the game. Central Oklahoma would cut the lead to 16 at 62-46 with 5:45 remaining but the Lady Hornets ended the game on an 11-4 run for the final margin.

Laura Patrick led Emporia State with 17 points including a four of nine effort from the three point line. She was joined in double figures by Haley Parker and Rheanna Egli with ten points each. Desiree Wylie led the Lady Hornets with 11 rebounds while Merissa Quick blocked five shots.