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

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Raven Burns attempts a lay-up March 5 inside Strahan Coliseum.

Despite ending their season on a six-game losing streak, the Bobcats are heading to New Orleans to compete in the Sun Belt conference championship tournament this week.

For the first game of the tournament, Texas State will be playing against Arkansas-Little Rock.

The Trojans ended their season ranked second in the Sun Belt. They finished with a 16-4 conference record and an 18-11 record overall.

Arkansas-Little Rock also finished out their schedule on a 13-game winning streak, which is the best finish out of all the conference teams.

Skip five places down the standings, and that’s where Texas State sits. The Bobcats finished seventh in the Sun Belt with a 7-13 record in the conference and an overall record of 12-18.

The Trojans finished at second in the conference for field goal percentage averaging .416 percent. Texas State was ranked tenth in this category. However, the Bobcats finished second in the conference for 3-point percentage, shooting an average of .341 percent.

Shanity James, Trojan senior forward, finished sixth in the Sun Belt for scoring. James averaged 15.3 points per game. Kaitlin Walla, redshirt sophomore guard for the Bobcats, finished at 19th, averaging 10.6 points per game.

James is also ranked at fifth for rebounds, grabbing 7.6 boards per game. Ericka May, sophomore guard for Texas State, sits at eighth for rebounds averaging 6.9 boards a game.

For the season, the Trojans averaged 59 points per game. Arkansas-Little Rock shot an average of .282 percent from the beyond the arc and .669 percent from the free throw line.

The Bobcats averaged 61.8 points per game this season. They also shot .374 percent from the field and .341 from the 3-point line. Texas State also shoots .704 from the stripe.

In last year’s Sun Belt conference championship tournament, the Bobcats played UT-Arlington in the first round and won 52-46. This advanced them to the second round, where they faced the Trojans. Arkansas-Little Rock beat Texas State 87-44 and went on to win the 2015 title.

This season, the Bobcats and Trojans are 1-1. Texas State hosted Arkansas-Little Rock in January. The Bobcats defeated them by double digits, with a final score of 67-57.

Texas State shot 50 percent from the field and 46.2 percent from the 3-point line against the Trojans. The Bobcats held them to only shooting 18.8 percent from beyond the arc and 39.3 percent from the field.

When the Bobcats faced the Trojans on their home court for the final time last month, it was a different story.

The Trojans defeated the Bobcats 57-45. Texas State shot only 37 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from beyond the arc. Arkansas-Little Rock shot 40.7 percent from the field and 15.4 from the 3-point line.

In the third matchup of the season, there is no way to predict how this game will turn out.

The Bobcats will face the Trojans once again Wednesday in the tournament at 5 p.m. in New Orleans, Louisiana. All games from the Sun Belt conference championship tournament will be aired on ESPN3.