Prior to Saturday’s matchup, the Texas State women’s basketball team was 0-4 against Arkansas State, including a semifinal loss in last year’s conference tournament.
The Bobcats’ 83-74 win put an end to the losing streak.
“They (seniors) get to win their season on a big win at home,” Coach Zenarae Antoine said. “You beat Arkansas State, who’s been a monkey on our back. Come on now that is huge. I’m so happy for our seniors.”
Antoine said this week the players made a list of four things they wanted to do against Arkansas State. She told them if they accomplished those four things they would win.
Atop that list was giving 100 percent effort.
The Bobcats had four players post double-digits in scoring, and almost a fifth as Ericka May, freshman guard, scored nine points.
“Definitely really good team basketball, on the offensive and defensive end,” said Ayriel Anderson, junior guard. “Players were passing up their shots to get somebody else a good look. On the defensive end, we had great help-side like every possession and I just felt like it was really good team basketball.”
By halftime, the Bobcats extended their lead to 16 points
Arkansas State did not lay down, however. The Red Wolves made runs early in the second half to bring the game within reaching distance.
Texas State did not let that play into their psyche.
“When they went on a run, huddling always makes it easier,” said Meghan Braeuer, senior guard. “Just staying together and knowing all we need is a stop-score-stop. Let’s start with that, and then one thing at a time. Don’t over think it.”
Texas State has beaten every Sun Belt Conference team in the past two seasons.
“That’s what you want as a coach, you want to be playing your best basketball going into March,” Antoine said. “March is tomorrow. I’m saying let the madness begin because I’m ready to roll with this team.”
Texas State has two more games before the Sun Belt Conference tournament. The team is currently the fourth seed, and if the standings hold up, they would play the fifth seed.
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