Courtesy Sports Information
SAN ANGELO, TEXAS – Angelo State played strong defense and received an unbelievable performance off the bench from Haylee Oliver in a 68-47 win over visiting Texas A&M-Kingsville in Lone Star Conference women’s basketball action on Wednesday night.
Oliver entered the game averaging 9.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per game for the Belles (6-6, 4-2) and she exploded for 29 points and nine boards. She went 11-of-19 from the floor, including 3-of-4 from three-point range and added four steals on defense.
The Belles took a 25-19 lead into halftime and the Javelinas (1-11, 0-6) held close through the first few minutes of the second half before Oliver took over. She entered the game with 16:22 remaining and promptly scored 11 points over the next five minutes to push the lead to 15 points.
The Javelinas continued to fight and pulled to within 11 points on four occasions, but each time the Belles had the answer. A 10-0 run in the final 1:25 ballooned the final score to a 21-point margin.
For the Javelinas, it was the same story they have been battling all year long, poor shooting from the field. The Hogs went 18-of-74 from the field for a season-low 24.3 percent clip. They were 2-of-20 from three-point range and 9-of-16 from the foul line. Shonta Dobbins (N. Little Rock, AR/Southeastern Louisiana) led the team with 13 points, five rebounds and three steals. Jackie Stanley (Wylie/Wylie HS) added a season high nine points and 14 rebounds, including eight on the offensive end.
The two teams each committed 21 turnovers, but it was the Belles grabbing 12 more rebounds than the Javelinas.
The Belles shot only 31.9 percent from the field, made 4-of-14 from three-point range and were 18-for-21 at the foul line. No player other than Oliver scored in double figures although Cara Gorton had nine points and five boards off the bench.
The Javelinas are back in action on Saturday at 1 p.m. against Abilene Christian at Kingsville Hampton Inn Court.