Texas State avoids trap game to down Georgia Southern

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Texas State Women's Basketball

Texas State almost fell into a trap Saturday.

The normally stellar Bobcat offense struggled against Georgia Southern, while their defense had its own problems.

Texas State (20-8, 13-4 Sun Belt), however, overcame its woes to pick up its 20th win of the season with a 60-51 victory over the Eagles (5-22, 2-14) inside Strahan Coliseum.

“This was good for us,” head coach Zenarae Antoine said. “It allowed us to humble ourselves and understand that any given night these types of things happen if you don’t find a way to refocus, regroup and do a good job of following the scout plan, and once we did, a win is a win in the end.”

The Bobcats got punched in the face Saturday, Antoine said. Texas State held a 27-17 lead at the half. But the Bobcats were outscored 24-18 in the third quarter and had their lead reduced to 45-41

The Bobcats answered with back-to-back 3-pointers from sophomore guard Brooke Holle to begin the fourth quarter. Georgia Southern, however, cut Texas State’s advantage down to six points twice.

But Texas State pulled away behind a 3-pointer from senior guard Taeler Deer and five points from junior guard Toshua Leavitt to down the Eagles.

Leavitt led the Bobcats with 17 points, Deer added 16 and Holle tallied 10 points. Graduate senior Zelor Massaquoi finished with a career-high 11 points.

Massaquoi said the Bobcats’ struggles were caused by the team being too anxious.

“We wanted to score because our defense wasn’t where we wanted it to be and you got to get away from that,” Massaquoi said. “It’s almost like falling into a trap when you’re not doing well on defense. You know, then you’re going to go down the court and jack up a quick shot and that’s just playing into their hand. So, I think we lost focused. We lost an understanding of what we needed to do to get ahead. We just need to stay together, stick to the game plan, remain calm.”

Both Antoine and Massaquoi agreed that Saturday’s experience will benefit the Bobcats.

“We’re used to people coming in Strahan and giving them 20, 30, 40 pieces that’s what goes on here,” Massaquoi said. “That’s something we talk about. We’re proud of that. That’s how we hype each other up. So, we tell each other, ‘When you come in here, you’re bound to get something good.’ And I think our heads got a little big and it’s alright to feel yourself, but it’s okay to come back down to earth and remember, like coach Z said, on any given night another team could have your number.”

Texas State finishes the regular season against UT Arlington on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Bobcats are looking forward to avenging their 61-59 overtime loss to the Lady Mavericks on Feb. 10.

“I’m looking forward to it because I can just take my hands off the reins and let the players plan in that particular game because that’s how passionate they’re going to be, and focused for the game against UTA,” Antoine said. “It’s going to be fun.”

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