Deer, Leavitt lift Bobcats past UTA

Photo by Gerald Castillo

Women's College Basketball

Texas State junior guard Taeler Deer scored a season-high 25 points against UT-Arlington to help lead the Bobcats to a 75-69 win over the Mavericks on Saturday. 

The Bobcats shot over 50 percent from the field and outrebounded UTA 40-30 to help them pull off the upset win in Arlington. 

The Mavericks looked poised early to claim the season series after junior guard Cierra Johnson hit two 3-pointers early. But Texas State responded with an 11-1 run take a 15-7 lead with 3:30 remaining in the opening period. UTA’s offense continued to struggle and the Bobcats pounced and took a 25-12 lead into the second quarter. 

A 3-pointer by senior forward Erin Peoples put Texas State up 30-15 with 7:49 left in the second quarter. The Mavericks responded with six points to cut the Bobcat advantage down to 30-21. UTA and Texas State continued to fight throughout the quarter and the Bobcats managed to take a 36-22 advantage into the intermission. 

Texas State pushed its advantage out to a game-high 21 points at 47-26 at the 7:21 mark after two converted technical free throws converted by sophomore Toshua Leavitt. But UTA went on a 12-4 run to cut the Bobcat lead down to 51-40. Despite three points from Deer late in the frame, the Mavericks cut Texas State’s advantage down to 54-45 at the end of the third quarter. 

The Bobcats pushed their advantage to 61-47 early in the final quarter. UTA, however, continued to fight back and went on 5-0 run to cut the deficit down to 61-51. But the Bobcats stretched their lead out to 66-52 after a bucket from junior forward Amber Jones and 3-pointer from Deer. Texas State closed the game out with five free throws and secured the 75-69 win.

Alongside Deer’s 25-point performance, the Bobcats received 20 points from Leavitt, 11 points from Peoples and junior forward Ericka May recorded her third double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds. 

Texas State limited UTA’s inside presence by holding Rebekah VanDijk, who recorded 30 points against the Bobcats on Jan. 7, to 14 points. 

The Bobcats return to Strahan Coliseum for a matchup against Arkansas State on Thursday at noon for their annual kids game where 1,500 San Marcos area elementary and middle school students are expected to be in attendance. 

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