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What’s next for the Bobcats: Women’s Basketball

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Moving forward into Conference play, the Bobcats have four home games ahead of them.

This week, Texas State will be hosting the UT-Arlington Mavericks on Tuesday at 1 p.m. and playing the Appalachian State Mountaineers at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The Mavericks sit one place below the Bobcats in the Sun Belt Conference standings, at fifth. UT-Arlington holds the same 5-6 in-conference record as Texas State. The two teams both share a similar 10-11 overall record.

However, the Bobcats are on a three-game losing streak compared to the Mavericks, who have won two in a row.

UT-Arlington sits at second in the conference for 3-point percentage, just under Texas State who leads the category. The Mavericks are shooting .349 percent while the Bobcats are shooting .353 percent from the 3-point line.

Ranked at 16th in the Sun Belt, UT-Arlington’s highest scoring player is Rebekah VanDijk, sophomore center, who is averaging 11.1 points per game. The center is three spots below Texas State’s leading scorer, Kaitlin Walla, redshirt sophomore guard, who averages 11.9 points per game.

VanDijk is also second in the Sun Belt for rebounding, averaging 8.8 boards per game.

The Mavericks also have a player sitting at first in the Conference for 3-point percentage, Amara Wainwright, redshirt senior guard. Wainwright is shooting .438 percent from the three. The Bobcats have two players in the top five of this category: Toshua Leavitt, freshman guard, and Walla. Leavitt is third with a 3-point percentage of .425 while Walla sits at fourth with a .423 percentage.

This season, UT-Arlington is averaging 60.5 points per game with a .397 field goal percentage and a .338 3-point percentage.

The Mountaineers are eighth in the Sun Belt with a conference record of 5-7 and an overall of 8-13.

Appalachian State is also on a two-game winning streak.

The Mountaineers are fourth in the Sun Belt for scoring, averaging 65.2 points per game. They also rank second in offensive and defensive rebounds with an average of 15 offensive and 26.2 defensive boards per game.

Tied for 11th in scoring just above Walla, Appalachian State’s Madi Story, sophomore guard, is averaging 12.1 points per game.

KeKe Cooper, senior forward for the Mountaineers, is fifth in the conference for rebounding, averaging 7.3 points per game. Cooper grabs 2.2 offensive and 5.1 defensive boards per game. Texas State’s Ericka May, sophomore guard, sits just one spot under Cooper in rebounding at sixth place. May is averaging 7.1 boards per game.

Cooper also leads the Sun Belt in field goal percentage with .585 percent. Taeler Deer, sophomore guard for the Bobcats, sits at 15th in the conference for field goal percentage with .439.

As a team, Appalachian State is shooting .382 percent from the field and .271 percent from the 3-point line.

The Bobcats are 7-1 on their home court, only blemished with a single loss. Appalachian State is 2-7 on the road, while the Mavericks are 7-5.