Texas State falls short in road contest against Chanticleers

Photo by Gerald Castillo

Texas State Women's Basketball

Junior guard Toshua Leavitt did everything she could to get the Bobcats their second Sun Belt win of the season against Coastal Carolina.

Leavitt’s career game wasn’t enough as Texas State fell to the Chanticleers 65-64 in the closing seconds of Sunday’s game, resulting in an 8-5 overall, 1-1 SBC record. 

“We dug ourselves into a hole in the first half,” head coach Zenarae Antoine said in a statement. “We played much better in the second half, but that first half was sloppy. We cannot play like that in the first half, on the road and in conference, and expect to walk out with a win. Obviously, Toshua was tremendous, but she would be the first to tell you, she would rather the victory than the points.”

Coastal Carolina started out hot, hitting six of its first seven shots. The Chanticleers built an early lead that they didn’t give up until the final quarter. At the half, the Bobcats were down 38-30. Texas State began to chip away at the lead in the third quarter due to defensive pressure and the production from Leavitt.

The junior guard recorded a career-high 34 points and tied a school record of 10 3-pointers made in a game. Leavitt has produced six or more 3-pointers in five games this year. She also added three rebounds, two assists and two steals on the day.

In the fourth quarter, Texas State took the lead for the first time with 4:40 remaining in the game. But the 59-58 lead didn’t last long as the Bobcats were unable to score for the next four minutes. Sophomore guard Brooke Holle got her team out of the drought with a floater inside the lane. Holle’s shot brought the game within one with 16 second remaining. 

Texas State was forced to foul and send the Chanticleers to the line. The Bobcats were down 64-61 after Jas Adams hit both shots for Coastal Carolina. The loss  was ensured when the Bobcats lost possession on the ensuing in-bound play and had to foul again. Despite Leavitt’s final 3-pointer at the buzzer, Texas State fell to Coastal Carolina by one point.

Holle was the only other Bobcat to recorded double-digit points with 12 on the afternoon, four rebounds and three steals. 

Texas State returns to San Marcos on Thursday to play South Alabama inside Strahan Coliseum at 5:30 p.m.

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