Bobcats down Appalachian State in Sun Belt opener

Texas State Women's Basketball

What appeared to be a close game on Friday ended up being a strong win for head coach Zenarae Antoine and the Bobcats. 

Texas State was only up by two points when the offense came alive in the final quarter. Senior guard Taeler Deer was the lead scorer with 29 as the Bobcats opened the fourth quarter on a 15-1 run. The 69-54 final score gave Texas State its first conference win of the year and an 8-4 overall record.

"I thought our girls responded well coming off of the bump in the road that was the Hatter Classic," Antoine said in a statement. "It started in practice, I really liked what I saw from the team in our practice time. It is nice to start out conference play with a victory. None of these games will be easy, and today was no different."

Junior guard Toshua Leavitt also reached double figures in support of Deer. Leavitt was having a tough night getting clean looks until the fourth quarters. She produced seven points during the 15-1 run Texas State went on, concluding the night with 11 points. Along with 29 points, Deer also led the Bobcats with four assists and tied for a team-high three steals. 

The Mountaineers had their hands full with the Bobcat defense. The pressure Antoine’s defense presented all game forced Appalachian State into 20 turnovers. Texas State easily outpaced its opponent in transition to make up for the size advantage Appalachian State had. The Bobcats outscored them 11-0 in transition heading into the half.

Texas State takes on Coastal Carolina on Sunday at 12 p.m.

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