Texas State loses to Lady Mavericks in overtime

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Texas State Women's Basketball

Texas State battled all afternoon against UT-Arlington but came up short in an overtime thriller, 61-59, and fell to 9-4 in the Sun Belt.

“We had a rough night from the free throw line and it is tough because we are one of the top free throw shooting teams in the Sun Belt Conference,” head coach Zenarae Antoine said in a statement. “That aside, our kids played with a lot of passion and they never gave in. As a coach, I will take this team to battle any night.”

Texas State opened the game in dominating fashion with senior forward Ti’Aira Pitts contributing seven of its first nine points. The Bobcats put up 13 straight points after the Mustangs converted the first bucket of the game. UTA fought back before the close of the first quarter and the gap between both teams didn’t exceed 10 points for the remainder of the match. 

As the final quarter started, the Bobcats held on to a five-point lead. But a 5-0 run by the Mustangs evened the game at 43 points. Neither team had more than a one-possession lead in the final eight minutes. In the closing moments, Pitts hit a shot that was reviewed and reversed to a 2-point field goal instead of a 3, tying the game at 53-53 with one minute remaining.

Junior Toshua Leavitt got a piece of the ensuing in-bounds play by UTA before it hit a Mustang’s heel and rolled out of bounce. The Bobcats had possession with 53 seconds remaining in the game. Sophomore guard Brooke Holle drew a foul but was unable to take advantage at the line, missing both free throw attempts.

The Mustangs recovered the rebound before senior guard Taeler Deer forced a turnover. With regulation coming to a close, the Bobcats turned the ball over and UTA got a clean look from half court as the buzzer went off. A near miss that hit the back iron sent the game to overtime. 

In extra time, Texas State was outscored 8-6 with a rough quarter from the line. The 1-of-7 shooting performance in overtime gave the Mustangs the opportunity to snap the Bobcats’ four-game winning streak.

The leading scorer for Texas State was Deer who recorded her fifth double-double of the season, 15 points and 10 assists. Holle recorded her first career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds along with three steals.

Texas State will be on the road for its final two road games against Louisiana on Thursday and Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday. Thursday’s contest against the Ragin’ Cajuns tips off at 5 p.m.

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