WTAMU Lady Buffs drop pair against Lubbock Christian in regular series finale

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WTAMU guard Kyla Kane goes up for a shot against Lubbock Christian during a Lone Star Conference game on Saturday at the First United Bank Center. [Jacob Dotseth/ WTAMU athletics]
It wasn’t how head coach Josh Prock and the West Texas A&M Lady Buffs wanted to end the regular season before gearing up for next weekend’s Lone Star Conference Tournament in Frisco.

The Lady Buffs will need to find new momentum after falling to rival Lubbock Christian University 75-68 on Thursday at the Rip Griffin Center at LCU, and then 61-58 in the regular season finale at the First United Bank Center on Saturday.

The Lady Buffs end the regular season at 18-12 overall and 13-9 in the LSC. WTAMU will be a No. 7-seed in the LSC Tournament and will open quarterfinal play with No. 2-seed UT Tyler (24-7) at 2:30 p.m. on Friday at the Comerica Center in Frisco.

Thursday’s game

The Lady Buffs struggled most of the way trailing by 10 entering the locker room at halftime and never could gain footing to catch up the Lady Chaps.

Nyalam Thabach led the way offensively for the Lady Buffs going 5-of-11 from the floor scoring a team-high 15 points to go along with seven rebounds and a block. Karley Motschenbacher chipped in 12 points.

LCU was paced by Audrey Robertson who poured in a game-high 25 points on 10-of-17 shooting to go along with six boards, one assist and two steals.

WTAMU guard Karley Motschenbacher dribbles up the floor against Lubbock Christian on Saturday. [Jacob Dotseth/ WTAMU athletics]

Saturday’s game 

The Lady Buffs showed heart and overcame a slow start to the game as a big fourth quarter run gave WT a chance at a win on Senior Day, a last second shot attempt wouldn’t fall as Lubbock Christian left Canyon with a 61-58 victory in the regular-season finale at the First United Bank Center.

Motschenbacher paced the Lady Buffs going 4-of-5 from the floor including 1-of-1 from the floor tallying a team-high 14 points to go along with nine rebounds, two assists, one block and a steal.

Childress graduate and LCU standout Grace Foster played great in front of many family and friends in Canyon racking up a game-high 22 points behind 6-of-6 shooting from the charity stripe adding seven rebounds with a block.

LSC Women’s Basketball Championships 
Friday through Sunday
at Comercia Center, Frisco 

Friday’s quarterfinals 

No. 3 UT Permian Basin (22-6) vs. No. 6 Angelo State (20-11), Noon

No. 2 UT Tyler (24-7) vs. No. 7 West Texas A&M (18-12), 2:30 p.m.

No. 1 Texas Woman’s (26-4) vs. No. Arkansas-Fort Smith (11-17), 6 p.m.

No. 4 Texas A&M-International (24-6) vs. Lubbock Christian (21-8), 8:30 p.m.

Saturday’s semifinals

UTPB-ASU winner vs. UT Tyler-WTAMU winner, 6 p.m.

TWU-UAFS winner vs. TAMI-LCU winner, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday’s championship game

3:30 p.m.

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