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Leavitt breaks Sun Belt record in win over St. Thomas
Toshua Leavitt always knew she wanted her shooting to stand out but she never knew she would break records.
But with her second 3-pointer of the night against St. Thomas on Tuesday, the senior guard broke the Sun Belt record for most 3-pointers made in a career.
Leavitt converted seven shots beyond the arc during Texas State’s 92-39 win over St. Thomas on Tuesday inside Strahan Arena.
“It’s a great feeling, especially because it’s early in the season I can continue to make more,” said Leavitt, who’s made 279 career 3-pointers. “But, I mean, I couldn’t do it without my teammates finding me, without the calls, without the plays and getting in the gym. But it’s a great feeling.”
Texas State (4-4) rolled to an easy victory against an outmatched NAIA opponent. Leavitt led the Bobcats with 25 points followed by 14 from junior guard Brooke Holle and 11 points from junior guard Bailey Holle and sophomore forward Jayla Johnson.
Brooke Holle said Tuesday’s game was a good bounce back from their 66-55 loss to Oklahoma State on Friday.
“We knew we should be coming out of this game with a win but we knew that also we were going to challenge ourselves personally,” she said. “To be able to challenge ourselves in a game like this, it was good because moving forward I think it’ll help.”
The Bobcats received a strong performance inside the paint. Johnson’s 11 points helped. Texas State also saw freshman forward Da’Nasia Hood eight points and redshirt senior forward Zandra Emmanuel and junior forward Jazza Johns added four points each.
“They were able to truly be able to catch the ball in the low block and make some plays, which was exciting to see,” head coach Zenarae Antoine said.
All 12 of Texas State players received playing time in the win over the Celts. Antoine said she was glad to give all of her players time on the court.
“I’m excited about that because we’ve lacked some depth at times,” Antoine said. “I think that’s important too for our confidence because as teams continue to scout us I think it’s important that that bench depth continues to grow as well … It’s not always easy to get game minutes and this was type of game where my expectation was that everyone would have an opportunity to get some game minutes.”
The Bobcats have a long break in between games. Texas State doesn’t play its next contest until Dec. 17 against Missouri. Despite the break, the Bobcats know they have work to put in before facing the Tigers.
“This is a perfect time to look at the past games and see the areas that we struggle in and to get better in those areas before the next game,” Brooke Holle said.
After Leavitt’s record-breaking game, Antoine said she’s glad Leavitt has time to add to her record. But Leavitt doesn’t want to see her record broken any time soon.
“I hope that no one can touch any of the records,” Leavitt said. “I will be mad if they do.”