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Season Recap: Women’s Basketball

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Kaitlin Walla shoots the basketball March 5 inside Strahan Coliseum.

Season Grade: C+

The Bobcats started this season off with hopes of winning a championship and sending off the two seniors with rings.

Unfortunately, Texas State had a slim shot at winning a title this year.

This season, the Bobcats ended at seventh place in the Sun Belt with a conference record of 7-13 and an overall record of 12-19.

Comparing that to last season when Texas State finished at fifth in the conference with a record of 11-9 in the Sun Belt and 17-15 on the year, the Bobcats deserve a C+ letter grade.

Texas State didn’t do too much worse than last season, but one of the Bobcats’ most impactful players, Erin Peoples, redshirt senior forward, was out this season with a torn ACL.

Peoples led the Bobcats in scoring last season with an average of 13.5 points per game.

Kaitlin Walla, redshirt sophomore guard, led the team in scoring, putting up an average of 10.3 points per game. Taeler Deer, sophomore guard, was just below Walla, averaging 9.8 points per game.

One of the only two seniors, Raven Burns, guard, averaged 8.2 points per game her last season as a Bobcat. Burns shot .347 percent from the field and .351 percent from beyond the arc.

Ayriel Anderson, senior guard, averaged 8.2 points per game as well. Anderson shot .329 percent from the field and .303 percent from the 3-point line.

As a team, the Bobcats averaged 61.4 points per game. Texas State shot .375 percent from the field and was second in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage with .341 percent.

The 3-point line became one of the Bobcats most useful weapons. Toshua Leavitt, freshman guard, led the team in 3-point percentage with .417 percent. Whitney Apari, sophomore forward, technically led the Bobcats in 3-point percentage with 1.000 due to her shooting one-for-one all season.

During pre-season, coach Zenarae Antoine said that defense was one of the team’s biggest priorities. The team was short this year, and although that didn’t play into the defensive effort, it was still a problem for the Bobcats.

Playing teams like Texas A&M, Duke or Idaho this season proved to be a challenge, height wise.

The most defensive impact came fro Ericka May, sophomore guard. The guard brought contagious energy to the defensive end of the court. May grabbed a total of 211 rebounds this season, 146 of them came from the defensive end. May averaged 6.8 boards per game.

One major factor in the Bobcats receiving the letter grade of a C+, is the fact that they went into the Sun Belt Conference Championship tournament on a six-game losing streak.

Texas State lost to teams they already won to earlier in the season. Teams shouldn’t lose the second time playing an opponent.

The Bobcat’s continued their plague of losses, by being eliminated in the first round of the Conference Championship tournament. That was their only chance at the title. However, Texas State, sitting at the seventh seed, had to go against the No. 2 seed Arkansas-Little Rock.

The Trojans won the title last year, but the Bobcats beat them once this season already. The two teams were 1-1 coming in the first round.

Texas State just simply didn’t bring their A-game to the tournament, and let the seniors walk away empty handed.

Hopefully the Bobcats will use this season as a learning opportunity to improve on the teams weaknesses. Peoples will also be returning next season, so that is something else to look forward to.