Courtesy Sports Information
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – The Incarnate Word women’s basketball team was able to hold off Texas A&M-Kingsville, 68-59 in a game that featured nine ties and 12 lead changes on Wednesday night at the McDermott Center.
The Javelinas (2-13, 1-8) played an outstanding first half taking a nine-point lead after a 9-0 run with 4:05 remaining in the half. The Cardinals (10-6, 5-5) responded by closing out the half on a 10-2 run to cut the lead to 36-35.
The Hoggies shot 48.3 percent from the field and knocked down 4-of-8 three-point attempts in the first half. Inekka Stevenson (Freeport/Brazosport HS) and Amanda Haven (Calallen/Calallen HS) led the way on offense with nine and eight points, respectively.
The Cardinals were able to rely upon Katy Cooke’s 10 points and four assists and Jocelyn Jarmon’s 11 points and four rebounds in the first half.
The Cardinals were able to build upon their late first half run with a strong start to the second half. They built up a 49-40 lead after an 11-2 run.
The Javelinas responded with an 11-1 run as the Cards committed seven turnovers over a five minute stretch. The Hoggies took a 53-52 lead with 5:49 remaining in the game on a free throw by Jackie Stanley (Wylie/Wylie HS).
The Cardinals took advantage of 17 second half fouls by the Javelinas by scoring 12 of their final 14 points at the foul line as they turned a one-point deficit into a nine-point Lone Star Conference victory.
The Javelinas finished the game shooting 36.4 percent from the field, made 4-of-16 from three-point range and were 7-of-12 at the foul line. They had four players score in double figures led by Stanley’s 12 points and nine rebounds. Stevenson and Shonta Dobbins (N. Little Rock, AR/West HS) each had 11 points, five rebounds and two assists. Haven finished with 10 points. They forced the Cards into 22 turnovers while committing 16 of their own.
The Cardinals shot 47.8 percent from the field, made 2-of-8 from three-point range and were 22-of-30 at the foul line. Jarmon finished with 18 points, 12 rebounds and six assists while Cooke had 18 points and six assists. Ifunanya Mora led the team with 19 points, including 13 in the second half as she went 9-of-10 at the foul line.
The Javelinas are back in action on Saturday against Incarnate Word at home at 1 p.m. The game is sponsored by New York Life Insurance Co. and local agents Phil Esquivel and R.J. Loera.