Benson stars in historic game, Texans get revenge on Cougars

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STEPHENVILLE — It was Lucy Benson’s day.

Not only did she set the all-time record for most career games played in Tarleton women’s basketball history, surpassing a decades-old mark, but she also put on an incredible performance on the court. . Thanks to his efforts and several late Texans, Tarleton got his revenge against Chicago State at Wisdom Gym in Stephenville on Saturday 65-51.

The Texans snapped a three-game losing streak at home, improving to 14-11 overall (6-8 WAC). At the same time, they extended the Cougars’ losing streak to a season-long mark of five games. Chicago State is now 4-19 overall, 3-11 in conference.

On Black History Appreciation Day at the game, Benson made history of his own by playing his 141st career game for the Texans, surpassing Dianna May’s 140 games played from 1976 to 1980 for the greatest number of matches played in the history of the program. She was given the pre-match headliner from the crowd for this incredible honor and could have easily been distracted by the task at hand.

Instead, Benson recorded his first career double-double in his 141st career game, posting a season-high 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting, a career-high 12 rebounds, a career-high seven interceptions and a career tied. up two blocks in 33 minutes.

His seven steals are the most in a game by a Texan since Kaylee Allen had eight against Lubbock Christian on Nov. 21, 2018. Only one WAC player has had more steals than Benson in a game this season, and she was on the other bench. at Wisdom Gym Saturday — Chicago State’s Aaliyah Collins had eight against Western Illinois on Nov. 17.

Benson’s heroism was matched with another record this game. In the first quarter, Seynabou Thiam blocked his 59th shot of the season, setting a new record for most blocks by a Texan in a single season ever, surpassing Kaelie Butler’s 58 blocks in 1993-94 .

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The match itself started off terribly for Tarleton, who couldn’t buy a bucket to start, scoring just two field goals in the first frame. They trailed 16-6 after the first 10 minutes on 2-of-14 shooting (.143), 0-of-6 from range.

Tarleton settled in and played more of his style in the second quarter, going 5 of 10 from the field and forcing the Cougars to shoot just 2 of 10, finding themselves at halftime 25-22. The Texans trailed 18-10 midway through the second before breaking out on a 12-2 run to take a 22-20 lead.

The third quarter started much like the first quarter, with Tarleton unable to find much luck on offense. Tarleton scored two points in the first four minutes and fell to seven points, 31-24. Jurnee President kept the purple and white alive in the frame with three big threes, including a tiebreaker with 37 seconds remaining to move the Texans up three early in the fourth quarter, 38-35.

Tarleton opened the game in the fourth quarter with a 27-16 frame. Trailing 41-37 with eight minutes remaining, the Texans allowed just three points over the next six minutes en route to a 20-3 run to take a 21-point, 61-point lead. 40. Some turmoil ensued with the game spiraling out of control, but Tarleton kept his composure to solidify the win.

With the win, the Texans are guaranteed to finish with a home winning record. This is their 19th consecutive season where they have finished .500 or better at home, their last failure in 2002-03.

Jenna Dick joined Benson with a team-high 14 points on 2-of-4 shooting from range, adding two rebounds, two assists and a steal. Marissa Escamilla was instrumental again in the fourth quarter, finishing with another season-high in points, her second game in a row. She had 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting, adding six rebounds in 19 minutes. President finished with 10 points from those three threes, tying his season high in assists at four for the second game in a row.

Chicago State’s Nafatoumata Haidara had 17 points, a game-high 7-of-10 shooting, to go with 11 rebounds and two blocks for the double-double. Collins also had a double-double with 14 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and three steals. Allysah Boothe was third in the double-digit trio, scoring 12 points on 3-of-6 shooting.

Tarleton forced the Cougars to shoot just 17 of 55 (.309) from the field and turn it over 20 times, leading to 19 Texan points.

The Texans will leave Stephenville for the last time this season, set to play their final road games at UTRGV on Thursday and at Lamar on Saturday. Tipping for both games is at 7 p.m.

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