WAXAHACHIE, TX (TEXAS WESLEYAN) - The Texas Wesleyan University women's basketball team (16-6, 12-2 RRAC) took sole possession of second place in the Red River Athletic Conference standings with a 60-56 win at Southwestern Assemblies of God University (19-5, 12-3) on Thursday.
In the first half, Chelsea Jones torched the Lady Rams for 16 points while SAGU's zone defense held Texas Wesleyan to just 24% shooting. The Lady Rams led as late as 16-15, but SAGU turned in 13 unanswered points during a run that lasted 5:27. When the smoke cleared, the Lions led 28-16 and they cruised to a 34-21 lead at the break.
In the second half, the Lady Rams held Jones, who was primarily defended by Eliana Mijangos, to just five points all at the free throw line. SAGU led 38-26 when the Rams began to chip away. A three from Mijangos cut the score to 40-35 with 13:48 to play. Another trey from Mijangos made it a two-point game at 42-40.
After a bucket from Gabby Bruner brought the score to 44-40 with 10:31 on the clock, Texas Wesleyan held SAGU scoreless for over four minutes. In total it was a 9-0 run that gave the Lady Rams a 49-44 advantage.
With 11 seconds to play, Jones was fouled on a three-pointer and hit all three free throws to keep the Lions alive at 58-56. However, Ashley Davis calmly hit two at the line with 10 seconds on the clock to ice the game for Texas Wesleyan.
The Rams outshot the Lions 32%-29% in the second half. Meanwhile, Texas Wesleyan forced 24 turnovers in the game.
Mijangos led a trio of Rams in double-figure scoring with 15 points. Davis finished with 14 and Tiffany Adair added 10 points to the win.
Jones led all scorers with 21 points while Stephanie Hawkins added 13 points for SAGU.
The win ended a four-game losing skid for Texas Wesleyan against SAGU. The Rams lead the all-time series 11-8.
The Rams will return to action on Monday, when they travel to Hobbs, NM, to take on the University of the Southwest. That game is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. (CDT) start.