Bobcats defeat Coastal Carolina

Texas State Women's Basketball

Texas State extended its win streak to three games and moved one step closer to securing a top-four spot in the Sun Belt following Saturday’s 78-69 win over Coastal Carolina.

"What a game," head coach Zenarae Antoine said. "Obviously, we built a hefty lead early and found a way to sustain it at the end by making good decisions with the basketball, not rushing into shots they were trying to force and we found ourselves on the winning end."

The Bobcats came out hot behind senior forward Ti’Ara Pitts’ performance from beyond the arc. The forward hit her first three attempts from the 3-point line, recording nine of her 16 points in the first quarter. Pitts' early shooting gave Texas State the momentum it needed to build an early 26-11 lead.

But the Chanticleers didn’t go away quietly in the second quarter and cut the Bobcat lead to single digits. The Texas State offense then exploded on another run, 15-0. This time with junior guard Toshua Leavitt leading the offensive drive.

The junior guard continued to dominate from beyond the three with a team-high 27 points, shooting 6-for-9 from the arc. Leavitt had plenty of support as two other Bobcats finished with double-digit scoring. Alongside Leavitt's 27 and Pitts' 16, senior guard Taeler Deer put up 15 points, six assists and two blocks.

“I think I’ve just been more confident,” Leavitt said. “In the offseason I worked hard every single day with Coach Paige (Love). I would stay after practice or come before. I’d stay after weights and shoot every single day and we just worked on different things every single day.”

The confidence and momentum rolled over into the second half but Coastal Carolina began to hit shots as well. The Chanticleers went on a final 9-0 run that brought them within six points of the Bobcat lead. But Leavitt would close the door with two late 3-pointers.

As a whole, Texas State shot 31-of-56 (55.4 percent) from the floor and 12-of-21 (57.1 percent) from the 3. The game marked the 12th time this season that the Bobcats made at least 10 3-point field goals. Texas State also had a strong performance with assists: 31 made field goals were a result of 26 assists.

The Bobcats 8-3 Sun Belt record gives them sole possession of the third-place position in the conference with Arkansas-Little Rock (10-0) and South Alabama (8-1) in the lead.

Texas State will have the week to rest following Saturday’s game against Appalachian State inside Strahan Coliseum. The contest between the Bobcats and Mountaineers ended after press time. Visit sanmarcosrecord.com/sports or pick up a copy of Tuesday's paper for full coverage on Saturday's game. 

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