ODESSA - Trailing by as many as 12, UT Permian Basin took Texas Woman's down to the final shot before falling 62-59 Thursday in Odessa.
The Pioneers (7-12) came out of the gates fast putting the Falcons (3-17) in an early 10 point hole. The Falcons would get right back in it after back to back baskets by Khali Pippins-Tryon and Juliette Akinwole put the Falcons right back in it. A pair of free throws from Jada Berry made it 14-10. After trading blows, the Pioneers would slowly push the lead back to 10 before a Falcon run would cut into the lead. Five points from Kristian James and four from Alexandrea Washington cut the lead to just one, but a 6-0 Pioneer run in the final minute made it 33-26 heading into the half.
Texas Woman's would push the lead to 12 in the final two minutes of the third quarter before a three from Chynna Rivera and lay-up from Nyachristmas Puok cut into the deficit heading into the fourth quarter. Rivera would open the final frame with back to back threes before finishing a lay-up to tie the score at 51. The Falcons would start the fourth quarter 5-5. Akinwole would finish off an 11-0 run giving the Falcons their first lead of the game. The teams would go back and forth tying and retaking the lead before the Pioneers would take the lead heading into the final minute. Pippins-Tryon would hit a lay-up with five seconds remaining to make it a three-point game. The Pioneers would throw away the inbounds pass after advancing the ball on a timeout giving the Falcons one final attempt. It would rim out for the 62-59 final.
Pippins-Tryon finished the night as the leading scorer with 18 points, while Rivera added 11 all in the second half. Akinwole added eight rebounds on the night.
The Falcons go back on the road next week as they take on Eastern New Mexico before facing off with West Texas A&M.