Record third quarter leads TWU to 30-point win over St. Mary’s

The Texas woman defeated St. Mary’s University by 30 points Thursday night at Kitty Magee Arena.

The Pioneers (12–1, 7–0) had an explosive second half and achieved their highest showing of the season by beating STMU 83–53.

After holding four competitions in a row on the road, the pioneers warmly welcomed their fans at home.

While the Pioneers got off to a slow start in the first quarter, scoring just 13 points and shooting 26.67% from the field, they improved in the second quarter.

Ashley Ingram gave the Pioneers their first double-digit lead of the game at 4:22 in the second quarter thanks to a layup made by Ngozi Obineke.

TWU then struggled to score and allowed the Rattlers (5-8, 1-6) to tie at 26 with every minute left in the half.

However, the Pioneers closed the half on back-to-back baskets. After a good free throw from STMU, Jada Celsour received a pass to the entrance. She flew up the right side of the court and kicked the ball from coast to coast. Jordan Jackson followed suit and scored a layup to close the second quarter.

TWU went into the break with a four-point lead, 30-26.

The break proved to be a turning point for the pioneers. After trading baskets during the first two minutes of the third quarter, the jumper from Ingram ignited the Pioneers 8-0.

Then consecutive 3-pointers from Sadie Moyer broke the game.

Moyer’s second 3 points gave TWU an 18-point lead with 3:44 left in third. Brielle Woods then found her rhythm and scored her first 3 points of the game, giving the Pioneers their first 20-plus lead.

Woods’ third place opened the door for the Pioneers to go 11-0 to close out the quarter.

In the third quarter, TWU scored 35 points, their most points in a single quarter in program history since NCAA women’s basketball officially switched to four quarters in the 2015–16 season.

With a 29-point lead, 65-36, the Pioneers entered the fourth and final quarter of the game.

Obineke didn’t waste much time in the fourth round and gave the Pioneers a 31 lead as she scored a jump shot in the first 20 seconds of the action.

The Pioneers have twice achieved the greatest advantage in the game. First, Grace Lowry hit a free throw to raise TWU to 35. Then, at the 3:43 mark, Jordan Jackson leaked 3 to give the Pioneers a 35-point lead after dropping the basket.

Scout Huffman hit two goals to close the game, pushing the Pioneers to a dominant 30-point win over the Rattlers.

TWU scored a season-high 52 paint points. They also amassed a season-high 53.2%.

The Pioneers also tied their season in assists with 17. Obineke recorded a season-high three assists and Jada Celsour led the field in field distribution with four assists.

Ingram led the Pioneers’ attack with 21 points. Moyer and Obineke scored 16 points each. Along with her 16 points, Moyer went 4-4 from the free throw line and 5-9 from the field.

Huffman ended the Pioneers’ double figures with 12. She also led the Pioneers on the board with six rebounds. Arianna Hines and Obineke each grabbed five rebounds.

En route to 83 points, Woods added eight points, Jackson scored five, Celsour finished with four, and Lowry scored one point.

“Although we started slowly, I’m so proud of how we came out in the third quarter,” said TWU coach Beth Gillson. “Everyone reacted and made incredible adjustments. Tonight we continued to emphasize that we are successful when we share the ball. Thirty-five points in the third quarter and 17 assists in the game show our players’ commitment to growth.”

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