West Texas A&M head coach Kristen Mattio earned her 150th win of her career Thursday night. [Trevor Fleeman/ Press Pass Sports]
A nine-day layoff didn’t slow down the West Texas A&M Lady Buffs as they dismantled Angelo State 79-36 in a Lone Star Conference contest in front of a socially distanced 500 fans at the First United Bank Center on Thursday night.
The victory was also a historic one for head coach Kristen Mattio, who became the fastest WT Lady Buffs coach to 150 wins in 180 games.
The No. 8 Lady Buffs never trailed, opening the game on a 32-6 run. Senior standout Lexy Hightower opened the game with hot shooting on her way to 15 points, four rebounds and five assists.
Freshman McKauley Gregory and Sienna Lenz joined Hightower in double-digits. Gregory poured in 11, followed by Lenz’s 10.
WT was able to spread the wealth with all 10 players that touched the floor scoring, while seeing significant minutes against the struggling Rambelles.
The Lady Buffs have won eight straight games improving to 10-1 overall and 9-1 in the LSC. ASU falls to 1-8, 1-8.
Mattio on win No. 150
“We have been fortunate to find great players and people that buy into the Lady Buff culture. The players, the coaching staff and our overall support staff at WT continues to keep this program one of the best in the country. I am blessed to be surrounded by so many incredible people.”
Stats of the game
The Lady Buffs outscored ASU 45-11 in bench points.
WT never trailed in the contest, leading for 39:41 minutes.
WT forced 13 steals, scoring 18 points off 22 turnovers.
The Lady Buffs outscored TAMK 36-22 in the paint.
Player of the game
West Texas A&M’s McKauley Gregory dribbles up the floor. [Trevor Fleeman/ Press Pass Sports]
Freshman and Lubbock Cooper graduate McKauley Gregory continues to be a bright spot for the Lady Buffs this season. Gregory scored 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting, adding three rebounds. It’s Gregory’s second double-digit performance of the year.
West Texas A&M travels to San Angelo to finish its series with Angelo State at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Junell Center.