Bobcats rout shorthanded Red Wolves

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Women's College Basketball

Texas State came out flat in its Thursday afternoon matchup against Arkansas State.   

The Red Wolves outscored the Bobcats, 17-12, in the opening quarter. But Texas State’s defense picked up in the final three quarters and a balanced scoring-effort led by junior guard Taeler Deer, who recorded a game-high 19 points, led the Bobcats to a 63-43 win.

“I think the name of the game is defense for us but that’s really how we’ve been trending across the board,” head coach Zenarae Antoine said. “The thing I appreciate about this specific game is that when he hit adversity in that first quarter, we were able to regroup during that timeout and really hit them hard about who we are, our identity, what is it we do well and the kids definitely responded by only allowing five points in that second quarter.”

Texas State (12-10, 7-4 Sun Belt) began Thursday’s contest against Arkansas State (5-19, 3-9) in a back-and-forth scrum. But the Red Wolves began to slowly pull away after a 3-pointer pushed their lead to 14-8. But Bobcat senior guard Erin Peoples limited the damage with a basket to cut the deficit to 17-12 at the end of the opening frame. 

Deer credits the slow start to a lack of communication on the court. 

“We were just not communicating on defense,” Deer said. “We know what we had to do. We know we have to communicate and contain penetration and we did that.”

Texas State opened the second quarter with 11 unanswered points to take a 23-17 lead. The Bobcat defense forced five turnovers in the quarter and limited Arkansas State to five points to take a 33-22 advantage into halftime. 

But the Red Wolves began the second half on a quick 6-0 run, which forced a Texas State timeout. The Bobcats came out of the break strong and outscored Arkansas State, 15-7, throughout the rest of the quarter to take a 48-35 lead into the final period. 

Texas State finished the game strongly in front of a season-high 3,042 fans inside Strahan Coliseum and claimed their seventh conference win. 

Antoine said the team’s pride on defense allowed it to claw back from its rough first quarter. 

“This team takes a lot of pride right now defensively,” Antoine said. “They own the fact that we’re at the top of the leaderboard defensively. I think that’s where I put a lot of the confidence in.” 

Deer said here confidence is growing after leading the team’s scoring effort for the second consecutive game.

“I know when I’m scoring we’re that much better,” Deer said. “I’ve just been focusing on defense. I have confidence in my shot. So, I just take my shot when I’m open and I work on my game.”

The Bobcats will look for their third straight conference win Saturday at 2 p.m. when they take on conference leading Little Rock, who boasts an undefeated league record. 

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