Basketball, College

TexAnns dominate Concord to wrap up Rollins Invitational

Karli Moore scores career-high 16 points, named all-tournament in Tarleton's Florida finale. (Tarleton Sports courtesy photo.)

Karli Moore scores career-high 16 points, named all-tournament in Tarleton’s Florida finale. (Tarleton Sports courtesy photo.)

WINTER PARK, Fla. – Tarleton State (6-2) got back in the win column on the second day of the Rollins Invitational by routing Concord University 79-59 in the tournament’s consolation game at the Alford Sports Center.

After the game opened scoreless over the first three minutes, Meagan O’Dell put Tarleton on the board with an old-fashioned 3-point play that started a 19-4 Tarleton run. Over Tarleton’s early dominance, the TexAnns got scoring from four different scorers.

Concord got a bucket to pull within 13 but O’Dell struck once again with another 3-ball to push the lead back to 16 and start another Tarleton run that extended the lead to 28-9 with 7:52 left in the opening half.

Over the remainder of the half, Tarleton State continued to pour it on as the TexAnns led by as many as 21 but never less than 14 and took a 46-26 lead into the break. In the second half, the TexAnns were on cruise control as they led by as many as 28 and never less than 18.

For the game, Tarleton State shot 41 percent from the floor, 36 percent from downtown and 82 percent from the free throw line despite going to the line just 11 times compared to 31 for Concord. The TexAnns recorded 23 assists to just nine for Concord and outrebounded the Mountain Lions 48-33.

Tarleton got double-figure scoring efforts from all five starters – Karli Moore (16), Meagan O’Dell (12),Raven McGrath (11), Kathy Thomas (10), Ikpeaku Iwobi (10) – while also getting eight points fromBailey Wipff off the bench.

Moore’s 16 points were a career high, leading her to an all-tournament selection.

Rounding out the scoring for Tarleton was Averie Mack (4), Breanna Fuller (4), Tiara Tatum (2) andTravanti Downes (2). Morgan Ashmore came off the bench to lead the team in assists with eight.

This is the final game of the 2014 calendar year for Tarleton State, who will return to action January 3 against Lone Star Conference rival Texas Woman’s.

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