Texas State downs Sam Houston State in dominant fashion

Photo by Gerald Castillo

Texas State Women's Basketball

Head coach Zenarae Antoine and the Bobcats continued their non-conference domination on Sunday after extending their winning streak to three games.

Texas State visited Sam Houston State in Huntsville and returned home with a 73-41 win, and a 7-2 overall record. The Bobcats jumped out to a 26-16, first quarter lead but the difference came right before half.

Behind guards Toshua Leavitt and Brooke Holle, the Texas State offense outpaced the Bearkats 24-2 in the second quarter. The offense got hot and hit nine of its 11 shots in the second quarter. This included hitting all six attempts from the 3-point line.

“It was great to see the team come out and execute,” Antoine said in a postgame interview. “The girls work so hard during the week, so getting this result is great for them.”

At the half, Texas State was leading 50-18. Sam Houston was held to 1-of-16 shooting in the second quarter by a defense that applied pressure all afternoon. The momentum the Bobcats built early rolled over into the second half as the offense kept attacking.

Leavitt led the Bobcats with a career-high seven 3-pointers made in a game. The junior finished with 25 points and passed former Bobcats, Joyce Ekworomadu, for fifth in school history with 158 connections from beyond the arc.

Holle had herself a game as the only other Bobcat with a double-digit performance. Her 18-point game marked her sixth match with 10-plus points this season. She also recorded a new career-high of 3-pointers made in a game with five.

Leavitt and Holle’s performance aided Texas State in breaking the school record for 3-point shots made in a game. The Bobcats, on Dec. 5, hit 15 3-pointers against UTSA to break the previous record of 14. On Sunday, the offense combined for 16 and broke the record for the second time this year.

Senior guard Taeler Deer also continued to produce for the Bobcats. She had a team-high nine assist and moved to fifth on the all-time assist list for Texas State. Deer moved past recent Athletics Alumni Hall of Honor inductee Yolanda Wilkerson and is only six more assists away from the next spot held by Dawn Bolner.

“We do not have much time to enjoy this one as we are back on the road in a couple of days against a really athletic Bethune-Cookman team on Wednesday,” Antoine said. “And a really good mid-major program in Stetson on Thursday.”

The Bobcats will be back on the road with the Annual Hatter Classic in Deland, Florida scheduled to start on Wednesday. Texas State will open the tournament with Bethune-Cookman at 3 p.m. inside the Edmunds Center.

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