Pitts’ performance pushes State past Prairie View A&M

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Texas State Women's Basketball

Ti’Aira Pitts scored a career-high 18 points to help Texas State defeat Prairie View A&M, 84-57, on Saturday. 

But when asked what led to Saturday’s performance, the senior forward was quick to give her teammates the credit. “Shout out to (senior guard Taeler Deer),” Pitts said. “She found me every time and I finally made some 3s.” 

Texas State (5-2) put together a strong outing against Prairie View A&M (2-5). Pitts said the Bobcats entered Saturday’s contest inside Strahan Coliseum understanding what they needed to do to pick up a win. 

“We’ve seen our mistakes and we obviously need to get better from turning the ball over, so we just knew we needed to amp up our defense so that always gets us going,” Pitts said. 

Texas State’s defense forced 20 turnovers and outrebounded the Panthers, 35-38. 

The Bobcats jumped out to a 7-2 lead and saw their advantage build up to nine twice. Texas State exited the opening frame with a 25-18 lead. 

Back-to-back 3-pointers from junior guard Toshua Leavitt and Deer pushed the Bobcat advantage out to double-digits at 37-24. Texas State entered halftime with a 40-28 lead. 

The Bobcats continued to pull away from the Panthers throughout the second half to secure their fifth victory of the season. 

“It was excellent to see our team bounce back the way they did (Saturday) against a tough opponent in Prairie View,” head coach Zenarae Antoine said. “I am not going to lie that game on (Nov. 28 against Houston) was eating at me all the way up until tip (Saturday). Our girls showed a lot of grit to come out and play the way they did (Saturday).”

Alongside Pitts’ 18 points, Leavitt added 17 points behind a 4-of-7 day from beyond the arc. Deer recorded 15 points and sophomore guard Brooke Holle amassed 10 points. 

Texas State returns to action on Tuesday at 7 p.m. inside Strahan Coliseum against I-35 rival, UTSA. 

“We’re excited for our next opportunity. We get to host UTSA at home and I think we all understand the I-35 rivalry between the two schools,” Antoine said. “Trust me we know that details will be important because the fact that all scores aside, all records aside, it’s a rivalry game and it’s going to come down to toughness and details and that’s truly going to be it. Toughness and details are going to give us the opportunity to win here at home.” 

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