Texas State keeps composure, pulls away from Trojans

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Texas State Women's Basketball

Saturday’s game against Troy appeared to be another sure victory for Texas State as the Bobcats took the floor to open the fourth quarter.

Texas State’s offense has been on a different level with junior guard Toshua Leavitt knocking down shots from beyond the arc with ease. It was no different against the Trojans.

But up against a fourth-quarter 12-point deficit, Troy went on a run. An 11-0 run to be exact. In a 1:33 span, the Bobcats ended up with a game on their hands despite controlling the contest all afternoon.

Composure and discipline enabled the Bobcats to break the press, hit free throws and pull off the 83-75 win over the Trojans down the stretch. Texas State improved to 10-5 overall, 3-1 in Sun Belt play.

“There’s a lot of positives you can point to in this particular game across the board,” head coach Zenarae Antoine said. “I think the thing that our team realizes about Troy is that they never stop fighting there at the end. They were down and they don’t stop fighting.”

Antoine added that the hustle by the Trojans has played a significant role in why Troy has found themselves in the NCAA tournament as of late. But the Bobcats understood this about their opponent, battled and came away with a maturing win.

Leavitt continued to pace the Bobcat offense with 23 points. The junior was at one point 7-for-7 before missing a shot in the final quarter. Senior guard Taeler Deer did her part and matched Leavitt with 23 points of her own. Most of which came on streak of four 3s made in a row by the senior.

“It only takes one time for me to see the ball go in,” Deer said. “I’m gonna keep shooting and that was big for our team tonight to put us up by 19.”

Texas State had two other Bobcats close the weekend out with double digit scoring. Senior forward Ericka May recorded a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds along with three assists and two steals. Senior Forward Ti’Aira Pitts rounded out the production with 11 points, four rebounds and one steal.

Defensively, the Bobcats won both the turnover game (26-16) and steals (18-8). The Trojans only shot 38.7 percent from the field and 22.2 percent from beyond the arc. Antoine recognized the defense’s effort in the past two games and hopes the team can learn and build off a win against a tough opponent in Troy.

“It helps that we only have to play (Troy) once until the conference tournament,” Deer said. “So if we can beat them and work hard, we can probably go on a run and beat everyone else.”

Texas State is now one of four teams with a 3-1 Sun Belt record and have an opportunity to create space from the field with games against Arkansas State and Arkansas-Little Rock scheduled for the upcoming week.

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