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Texas State drops out of conference tournament in first round

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Kaitlin Walla shoots the basketball March 5 inside Strahan Coliseum.

The Bobcats’ hopes and dreams to win a championship this year were crushed early in the first round against the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans.

Texas State suffered a 62-50 loss to Arkansas-Little Rock.

As game three of the tournament’s first round, Texas State had a chance to win against the Trojans, who won the Championship title in 2015.

Arkansas-Little Rock and Texas State have a five rank difference where they each stand in the conference. The Bobcats are No. 7 while the Trojans are No. 2.

To start the game, Texas State went on a 6-0 run thanks to Ayriel Anderson and Raven Burns, senior guards. Anderson started the quarter off with a jumper and two free throws, followed by another jumper from Burns.

With less than five minutes left in the first quarter, the Trojans finally scored and went on a 4-0 run. The Bobcats owned the quarter, ending it leading 13-10.

A layup from Arkansas-Little Rock’s Shanity James, senior forward, put the point difference at only one point to begin the second quarter. Arkansas-Little Rock continued on a 5-0 run, getting the lead, until Anderson put in a layup to end the run.

With 2:40 left in the second quarter, the score was tied at 17 apiece. Two made free throws lifted the Trojans past the Bobcats.

The first half ended in Arkansas-Little Rock’s favor, with the score standing at 23-22.

The Trojans started the third quarter on a 2-0 run, continuing their lead.

Texas State cut Arkansas-Little Rock’s lead to three with 8:07 left in the third. The Trojans retaliated and ended the quarter leading by 12. The Bobcats were only allowed to score eight points in the third.

Once the final quarter of the game started, a layup from Ericka May, sophomore guard, and a jumper from De’Jionae Calloway, freshman forward, cut the lead down to eight.

The Trojans then brought their lead back up to 13.

Thanks to a 3-pointer from Taeler Deer, sophomore guard, and a layup and 3-pointer from Burns, the lead dropped back down to five once again.

With eight made free-throws and one 3-pointer, Arkansas-Little Rock ended the game up.

Both teams were fighting in the fourth quarter, each scored 20 points.

Both of the Texas State seniors, Anderson and Burns, were the only Bobcats to score in double digits.

Anderson scored 20 points and grabbed two rebounds. She shot five-for-eleven from the field and one-for-three from the 3-point line. Anderson also went nine-for-ten from the free-throw line.

Every other player for the Bobcats only scored five points or less.

Burns scored 11 points and grabbed a single rebound. The guard went four-for-eight from the field and one-for-four from beyond the arc.

As a team, Texas State went three-for-ten from the free throw line, which is abnormal for the Bobcats.

Texas State shot 40 percent from the field, while the Trojans shot 45 percent.

Leading in points for Arkansas-Little Rock was Sharde’ Collins, junior guard, who scored 13.

Collins also grabbed three boards and went seven-for-14 from the field.

Three players for the Trojans scored 13 points.

If Texas State were to win this game, they would’ve advanced to the second round to play in game six of the tournament. The Bobcats would have played the winner of the Louisiana-Lafayette vs UT-Arlington game.

Looks like the Bobcats are headed home early.

Texas State’s hopes of winning the conference tournament is officially over.