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Spurgin’s career effort leads No. Lady Buffs past UTPB


West Texas A&M post Abby Spurgin scored a career-high 30 points during an 83-52 rout of UT Permian Basin on Saturday at the First United Bank Center. [Mackenzie Teal/ Press Pass Sports]


West Texas A&M had a distinct size advantage coming into Saturday’s Lone Star Conference contest against UT Permian Basin.

And dominated with every bit of it.

The No. 19-ranked Lady Buffs punished the Lady Falcons inside, running away for a 83-52 victory in front of 810 fans at the First United Bank Center.

WT’s ability to get the ball inside to post Abby Spurgin was the difference in the game. No matter what defense UTPB threw at the Lady Buffs, the Lady Falcons didn’t have a call that could stop the 6-foot-4 junior.

Spurgin scored 30 points on 11-of-13 shooting, and was 8-of-9 at the free-throw line. Adding to here career scoring effort, Spurgin nabbed 10 rebounds for a double-double.

“Abby was amazing finishing around the basket,” WT coach Kristen Mattio said. “She knocked down free-throws, did damage on the boards and played great defense. To have a game like he did you have to be pretty consistent, and she is proving that each day.”

Spurgin echoed Mattio’s comments.

“We knew we had a height advantage against UTPB,” said Spurgin, who is averaging a team-best 12.7 points a game. “We knew the guards were going to look to us for points, and we focused on scoring when given the opportunity.”

Spurgin is the first Lady Buff to score 30 points in a game since former All-American post Chontiquah White poured in 32 on March, 7, 2014 at Midwestern State.

Teammate Tiana Parker chipped in with 14 points and eight boards, while Delaney Nix added 12 on 4-of-10 shooting from beyond the arc.


LADY BUFF STUFF

With the victory, WT improves to 20-3 overall and 13-1 in the LSC. The Lady Buffs have now won 12 straight games, and have won 20 plus games for eight straight seasons. WT is now 11-0 at home this year.


INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

WT finished the game going 26-of-53 from the floor including 7-of-20 (35%) from deep, and 24-of-34 (70.6%) from the charity stripe. The Lady Buffs outscored UTPB 36-18 in the paint while out rebounding the Falcons by a 45-20 advantage.

WT held UTPB to 37 percent shooting and forced 23 turnovers.

UP NEXT

The Lady Buffs travel down I-27 for an LSC showdown against No. 8 Lubbock Christian at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.


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