Tarleton State defeats No. 8 Lady Buffs 66-64

West Texas A&M sophomore guard Lexy Hightower poured in a career high 26 points with two other Lady Buffs in double-figures but it wasn't enough as the visiting TexAnns of Tarleton State escaped the First United Bank Center with a 66-64 Lone Star Conference victory on Thursday night in Canyon.

West Texas A&M was led offensively by Lexy Hightower who went 10-of-16 from the floor including 5-of-7 from behind the arc for a career high 26 points followed by Madison Parker with 13 and Tiana Parker with 11, Deleyah Harris led all players with 10 rebounds on the night.

Mackenzie Hailey led the way for the TexAnns as the sophomore went 7-of-14 from the floor and 5-of-5 from the free throw line with 19 points followed by McKinley Bostad with 14 and Tiara Tatum with 10.

The Lady Buffs went 12-of-20 (60%) from the floor in the opening half including 5-of-8 (62.5%) from behind the arc and a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line with 11 rebounds (four offensive, seven defensive), seven assists, 18 turnovers, two blocks and four steals.

Tarleton State went 15-of-26 (57.7%) from the field including 4-of-8 (50%) from deep and 8-of-9 (88.9%) from the charity stripe with eight rebounds (four offensive, four defensive), 10 assists, nine turnovers, no blocks and nine steals.

WT finished the game going 25-of-51 (49%) from the floor including 6-of-14 (42.9%) from deep and 8-of-13 (61.5%) from the free throw line with 35 rebounds (15 offensive, 20 defensive), 13 assists, 27 turnovers, two blocks and nine steals on the night.

Tarleton State went 22-of-48 (45.8%) from the field in the game including 6-of-16 (37.5%) from behind the arc and 16-of-20 (80%) from the charity stripe with 21 rebounds (eight offensive, 13 defensive), 16 assists, 17 turnovers, one block and 13 steals.

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