Falcons snap losing skid with first home victory of the season

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ODESSA - UT Permian Basin women's basketball picked up their first home win of the season in an 87-57 rout of Arlington Baptist.

The Patriots (4-5) opened the scoring with a three-pointer, but it was all Falcons (2-7) from there. On the next possession Chynna Rivera answered with a three of her own. The teams would trade a couple baskets before a Sarah Bersang three would key an 8-0 run to pull away with the Falcons leading 24-14 after a quarter. An early Patriot run in the second quarter would cut the Falcon lead to four. Alexandrea Washington would answer with a three to push the lead back to seven, but the Patriots would answer with one of their own. On the ensuing possession Nyachristmas Puok would knock down a three to make it 31-24 Falcons. Threes by Khali Pippins-Tryon and Jada Berry to close the quarter with the Falcons up 39-35 at the half. In the first half the Falcons shot 8-19 from long-range to pace their offensive attack.

A Patriot basket cut the lead to two to start the third quarter. The Falcons would go on a 12-1 run on the back of eight points from Teya Morris to pull away, including a pair of threes. Washington wuold hit another three and the Falcons would go into the fourth quarter up 56-45. A 7-0 Patriot run cut the Falcon lead to six with eight minutes to play. The Falcons would close on a 29-5 run to blow the game wide open. Five points by Pippins-Tryon sparked the rally. The Falcons would use a balanced attack with seven players scoring down the stretch.

Pippins-Tryon led the team with 18 points as 11 players scored. Morris and Bersang would finish with 11 and 10 points respectively. Washington and Juliette Akinwole each finished with nine points a piece. Akinwole finished with 13 rebounds as well. The Falcons would out rebound the Patriots 49-29 while also dishing out 25 assists to 20 turnovers.

The Falcons enjoy a break before taking on the Dustdevils of Texas A&M International on December 29.