ODESSA - Khali Pippins-Tryon exploded for 17 points in the second half as a part of her game-high 21 as UT Permian Basin fell just short of upsetting #19 Angelo State, 74-63.
The Rambelles (11-2) would jump out to a 7-2 lead before the Falcons (3-12) would bounce back. Pippins-Tryon would connect on a lay-up before back to back baskets by Sarah Bersang to snatch the lead at 8-7. The teams would exchange baskets with the Rambelles grabbing a slim lead after Nyachristmas Puok's three pointer rimmed out at the buzzer, 18-12. The Falcons would fall behind giving up a 6-0 run to start the second quarter before Bersang knocked down a three to end the run. A basket by Puok and three points from Juliette Akinwole would trim the deficit back down to six with two-and-a-half minutes to go in the half. The Rambelles would close the quarter on a run of their own and balloon the lead to 14 heading into the half, 34-20.
Pippins-Tryon would start her hot second half with a three-pointer. She would add a basket with a free throw to help cut the deficit back to 10. Akinwole would add a lay-up and Puok would knock down a jumper to make it 42-36. The Rambelles would score four straight points which would be followed by a three from Puok. Pippins-Tryon would end the quarter with a pair of free throws and the Falcons headed into the fourth quarter down eight. Another three early in the fourth by Pippins-Tryon answered a basket by the Rambelles. This would be followed by a 6-0 Rambelle swing to push their lead back to 14. The Falcons would be unable to made a dent in the deficit down the stretch, getting no closer than nine in the final minute.
Pippins-Tryon finished with a game-high 21 points, knocking down three threes and going 6-7 from the charity stripe. Bersang continued her scoring streak with 15 points, her third straight game reaching that mark, while also grabbing five rebounds in 39 minutes. Puok also finished in double figures with 11 points along with five boards. Akinwole was just shy of a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds and Teya Morris had six rebounds off the bench for the Falcons.
The Falcons continue Lone Star Conference play Saturday against Texas A&M Kingsville at 2 p.m. before hitting the road for three straight games.