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Coach Jillson records 200th career win

Electrifying moments culminated in history for the Texas Woman’s basketball team in their 69-56 win over St. Mary’s University on Thursday night.

The Pioneers electrified Kitty Magee Arena in a historical night for head coach Beth Jillson. The win marked Jillson’s 200th career win at TWU.

“Tonight was really special,” Jillson said. “Obviously, the win means a lot to me, but what makes it even better are the people who have helped me get to this moment. I could not have achieved this momentous mile marker without my amazing coaching staff, all the awesome Pioneer athletes along the way, and, honestly, everyone in Pioneer athletics.”

Thursday night’s win also included two firsts for the Pioneers — their first win of Lone Star Conference action for the 2021-22 season and their first win of the new year.

TWU (8-3) had not played since Dec. 20, when they beat UT-Tyler at home.

St. Mary’s (1-11) also had not played since Dec. 20. They started off the game strong, trying to threaten the Pioneers with their height and strength in the post.

The entire game was defined by the battle in the post, and freshman Ashley Ingram arose as the victor. Coming off her first career 20-plus point performance on Dec. 20, Ingram caught fire tonight in her second career start. She finished with 22 points, five rebounds and two steals.

Although the 13-point win showcases the Pioneers’ offensive talent, their defense shone again to stifle the scoring for St. Mary’s.

Senior Agang Tac put together a highlight reel of denials at the rim to stifle St. Mary’s. Tac finished the game with four blocks, seven rebounds and thirteen points.

The Pioneers also took care of the ball tonight, only recording six turnovers.

“We prized every possession tonight,” Jillson said. “It was nice to start off Lone Star action with a win, and we cannot wait to see everyone in KMA on Saturday.”

The Pioneers return to action Saturday when they host St. Edward’s at 2 p.m.

— From TWU sports information

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