Texans can’t escape the cold, lose in Chicago State

CHICAGO — Just like the Stephenville area, it was cold both outside and inside the Jones Convocation Center in Chicago on Saturday.

Tarleton fell to Chicago State 58-48, thanks largely to the Texans’ 14-of-54 (.259) clip from the field. The Cougars, meanwhile, made 21 of 42 (.500) of their shots, including 7 of 12 (.583) from three-point range.

This marks Tarleton’s third straight loss as they fall to 4-7 in WAC play, 12-10 on aggregate. The Cougars improved to 3-6 in conference, 4-14 on aggregate.

Tarleton was missing three of his key players on Saturday – Seynabou Thiam, Iyana Dorsey and Jenna Dick. in their place Emily Cunningham and Tyler Jackson completed their first starts of the season.

Jackson just missed a new career high in scoring with 12 points. This was her second 10+ point game of the season, her first since losing 13 points to Champion Christian on November 13. She added a season-high four rebounds, a career-high four assists, and a career-high three steals.

Jurnee President and Malaya Kendrick joined Jackson by double digits. President had 11 points for her seventh double-digit shooting game of the season, plus four rebounds. Kendrick had 10 points and six rebounds, her 13th double-digit scoring game of the year, the team’s most games of that kind.

It was an overall scrappy game, with players repelling multiple passes, dodging the ground for loose balls, and playing through contact. The first quarter showed so much, with neither team leading by more than five points in the opening frame, the Cougars held a 1-point lead after the first 10 minutes, 19-18. Early in the second quarter, Chicago State jumped to a 10-2 run to take an eight-lead just minutes later. Allowing just a single bucket over the next seven minutes, the Texans took a 12-2 run to lead by two at the break, 33-31.

The third quarter started brutally for the purple-whites, who only scored a goal after almost seven minutes. The Cougars scored the first 10 points of the quarter and led by eight. After Chicago State led the frame by 11, Tarleton came at the turn in six and went into the fourth quarter 47-41. After falling 11 behind again in the fourth quarter, the Texans still came up for four at 4:34, but they would not score the rest of the game and lost by 10.

Tarleton passed Chicago State 36-30 and won the turnover bout 19-14, but the shooting fights and points in the paint (22-8 Advantage Cougars) proved too much to overcome.

Chicago State’s Aaliyah Collins led all scorers with 14 points and added three rebounds. Janiah Newell had 13 points in 5-of-9 shooting, eight rebounds, five assists and five steals. Allysah Boothe scored 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting from downtown.

The Texans have a week to regroup and next play at Abilene Christian on Saturday at 1pm CT.


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