The Bobcats are 2-0 in the Sun Belt Conference after defeating the Georgia State Panthers with a final score of 80-71.
To start off the game, Texas State went on an 8-0 run and set the tempo early. The Bobcats shot 61.5% from the three-point line and 60.6% from the field while outscoring the Panthers by 14 points in the first quarter. Texas State ended the half with 54 points, the team’s season-high for points scored in a half.
“The start of the game—I’m really proud of the kids. It all started with defense,” Coach Zenarae Antoine said. “We did a good job of not allowing a lot of second chance opportunities for them.”
Texas State had its largest lead of the game, 33 points, late in the third quarter.
Once the fourth quarter ended, the Bobcats’ lead was cut to 9 and the team was outscored by 21 points.
“Any of our viewers or people watching the game understand what happened in the fourth quarter,” Antoine said. “It’s pretty upsetting for any coach.”
The Bobcats shot 21.9% from the field and 18.2% from the three-point line during the third quarter—a big difference than the team’s shooting percentages from the first half.
Leading Texas State in points was sophomore guard Ericka May, who finished the game with 19 along with 12 rebounds and 2 steals. May was the only Bobcat who finished with a double-double. Sophomore forward Whitney Apari led the Bobcats in rebounds with 15 while also scoring 8 points and 2 steals. Apari was only 2 points shy of joining May in the double-double club.
“I felt like I was struggling a little bit finishing,” Apari said. “So I just found a way defensively rebounding and offensively to try and contribute the best I can.”
Redshirt sophomore Kaitlin Walla was the second-highest scoring Bobcat with 15 points and 3 rebounds. Walla shot six-for-eleven from the field.
After losing the Bobcats’ 33-point lead, Antoine wants consistency moving forward to other conference games.
“The only thing I would like is for us to stay consistent,” Antoine said. “Consistency, to me, means— regardless of what the substitution is or what’s going on in the game—if we have a lead, being able to keep that lead and sustain even with substitutions.”
Texas State’s record is now 7-5 overall and 6-0 at home.
“Playing at home—you get a comfy feeling,” Antoine said. “Our players, in pre-game warmups on the road, haven’t really been different. I honestly couldn’t tell you what it is. These players have a vision that started in preseason and they want that to continue.”
The Bobcats will travel to Boone, North Carolina Jan. 9th to face Appalachian State at 12 p.m.