Losing their second to last regular season game has now put the Bobcats on a five game losing streak.
Texas State took a loss to Troy once again, with a final score of 88-73. The Bobcats were defeated by the Trojans in January by 33 points.
In the first quarter of the game, Texas State scored first as usual, which only lasted 12 seconds on the clock. The Trojans responded with a 6-0 run shortly after that. Troy ended the quarter up by seven, with the score sitting at 21-14.
The Bobcats started the second quarter off with a 3-pointer from Kaitlin Walla, redshirt sophomore guard. The Trojans followed that shot up with four points, and grew their lead to 15 before halftime. The score stood at 42-27 at the half.
Troy held its lead to end the third quarter up 58-46. Kiani Lurry, freshman guard for the Bobcats, hit a 3-pointer with two seconds left in the quarter.
Ashley Beverly Kelley, senior guard for the Trojans, started the final quarter of the game off with a 3-pointer. With 7:59 left in the game, Troy brought its lead up to 19 points. The lead was shortly cut by a 4-0 run from Texas State. The Trojans brought their lead back up to 19 points with 45 seconds left in the game. The Bobcats went on a final 4-0 run to end the game and cut the lead to 15.
“It was those first two quarters that kicked us in the butt,” Head Coach Zenarae Antoine said. “Right now we’re lacking consistency. I can’t say its something we don’t work on.”
Walla led the Bobcats in points with 14. The guard also grabbed six rebounds and went four-for-twelve from the field and three-for-seven from beyond the arc.
Following Walla was Whitney Apari, sophomore forward, who scored 13 points and four rebounds. Apari went six-for-eleven from the field.
Beverly led the Trojans with 22 points and 12 rebounds, giving herself a double-double. Caitlyn Ramirez, junior forward, scored 13 points and nine rebounds for Troy. Ramirez went five-for-eleven from the field.
As a team, Texas State shot 35.2 percent from the field and 30 percent from the 3-point line. The Bobcats were able to score 24 points in the paint and 13 off of turnovers.
Troy shot 39.1 percent from the field and only 27.3 percent from beyond the arc. The Trojans went 28-for-33 from the free-throw line.
“I felt like every single time we started to catch up,” Antoine said. “They had an opportunity to go to the free throw line and the free throw line is where they won the game.”
This loss brought the Bobcats to 12-17 on the year and 7-12 in the conference. The Bobcats are the seventh seed in the playoffs.
Next up for Texas State, is the team’s last game of the regular season. The Bobcats will be hosting the South Alabama Jaguars on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Strahan Coliseum.