Bobcats roll to 53-point victory over UTSA

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Texas State Women's Basketball

Texas State dominated its I-35 rival UTSA inside Strahan Coliseum Tuesday night. The Bobcats hit 15 shots from the three, a school record, on their way to a 91-38 victory over the Roadrunners.

The 53-point win matches the highest margin of victory over UTSA since the rivalry began. Sophomore guard Brooke Holle also had herself a career night. She shot 8-for-11 from the field, 4-for-6 beyond the arc en route to a career-high 24 points.

“My teammates made my job really easy,” Holle said. “I didn’t even feel like I was doing that much. I was just like, oh I’m open so I’m just going to shoot my shot, that I’ve been working on. And they went in tonight. So, it was just fun. It was really fun to go out there and perform for my team.”

Texas State may have dominated but it wasn’t until the second quarter that it began to run away with the game. The Roadrunners were only down 18-15 when the first quarter ended. The Bobcats then proceeded to score 24, 30 and 19 points in the remaining three quarters.

Guards Toshua Leavitt and Chania Wright both recorded 16 points, while combining for eight 3-pointers. Senior forward Ericka May put up 10 and senior forward Ti’Aria Pitts contributed 12 points of her own.

“It is a great day to be a Bobcat,” head coach Zenarae Antoine said. “I’m honestly just overwhelmed with joy for our seniors. I know with the rivalries that I’ve played in as a student athlete, there’s nothing like going out on top. They get to hold that with them for the rest of their life. Especially with this type of margin of victory.”

Everyone sees the 91 points the Bobcats put up. But Texas State's defense suffocated the Roadrunner attack all night. UTSA was held under 10 points in the final three quarters (8, 8, 7). The help defense forced the Roadrunners into tough looks and caused 21 turnovers on the night.

“I think what our team does really well is put a lot of pressure on the ball,” Antoine said. “Then that really allows for the help defense to be there to be able to rotate over and that’s where it really starts. Just having active hands. Putting pressure on the ball. Making it difficult and truly dictating where we would like the ball to go.”

Texas State improved to 6-2 following the win over the Roadrunners. This was the final game the Bobcats will play inside Strahan Coliseum in 2017. Texas State returns home on Jan. 4 for its first Sun Belt home matchup

“One of the things I talked to (the team) about, is championships teams continue to get better even in this situation.” Antoine said. “This team has matured. We have not arrived yet, but we have definitely matured. And I think that’s something we need to continue to teach along the way."

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