After seven years at the helm of the men’s basketball team, head coach Doug Davalos’ contract will not be renewed for next season.
Davalos finished 92-107 in seven seasons with the Bobcats. He was the only coach in the country hired in 2006 still with the same team who failed to take them to a postseason, non-conference tournament and did not have a winning season. Athletic director Larry Teis said in a release from Texas State athletics the decision not to renew Davalos’ contract was ‘mutual.’
“He has talked about new challenges and possibly moving into athletic administration,” Teis said in an email. “He won in the classroom and in compliance. Coaches also represent us in the community, on campus, and around the nation. I don’t judge coaches on one aspect of their job.”
Texas State men’s basketball’s run to the NCAA Tournament and Davalos’ reign as head coach ended March 17 with a loss to New Mexico State University in the WAC semifinals.
The seventh seeded Bobcats (12-22) upset the No. 2 seed the University of Denver in the quarterfinals of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament that advanced the Bobcats to the semifinals.
In their previous meeting with Denver, the Pioneers took apart Texas State’s defense with their spread offense. Denver shot 55.3 percent from the floor and had four players in double figures en route to a 79-64 victory. This time around, the Bobcats hit their final 10 free throw attempts to ensure a 72-68 victory over the Pioneers.
She endured 74 losses over four seasons, but by the end of her Texas State career, senior guard Diamond Ford stood on top.
Ford, with 1,920 career points, moved into second place all-time at Texas State and broke the single-season scoring record by 11 points, with 644 points during the 2012-2013 season.
“I’m proud of myself to make that (scoring record) accomplishment,” Ford said. “I just wanted to come out hard for my team and try to get past the first round because I know this will be my last go-around. It’s been a great journey since I came to Texas State.”
Ford led the team in scoring against Denver, putting up 27 points, collecting her 20th 20-point game on the season. Ford led the WAC in scoring, averaging 21.5 points per game, placing her 10th nationally.
The women’s basketball season came to a close last Tuesday after a first round elimination by the University of Denver Pioneers at the WAC tournament, 73-63.
Texas State baseball was able to overcome a 23-7 defeat in Friday’s series opening game against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi by taking the final two games and the series against the Islanders.
The Bobcats (7-13) played five away games in six days, facing ranked Oregon State University and the University of Oregon over spring break. Against A&M-Corpus Christi, the Bobcats gave up 18 hits on their 23 runs while surrendering four errors, all issues that Coachsaid probably stemmed from the long trip.
“To get beat like that (on Friday) and to come back and win the series was good,” Harrington said. “(On Friday) there were a lot of mistakes and a lot emotionally happening.”
Of the 23 runs, 17 of them were earned. The Islanders scored nine runs in the first two innings, putting the Bobcats in a hole. The closest differential the Bobcats were able to muster was 9-1 heading into the top of the fourth, only to have the Islanders score four more runs.
Texas State men’s basketball got their third conference tournament win under Coach Doug Davalos Wednesday against second-seeded Denver, but could not advance to the WAC Championship.
The Bobcats lost 74-65 to No. 3 New Mexico State in the WAC Semifinals Friday evening in Las Vegas. Junior forward Joel Wright led the team with 17 points, following his 32 points in the team’s 72-68 upset win over the Pioneers. Men’s basketball got their first tournament win under Davalos in 2011, against Southern Louisiana in the first round of the Southland Conference Tournament, 72-68.
Men’s basketball became the second major sport to earn a victory in the WAC Tournament. Soccer defeated Idaho 2-1 in overtime before falling in the semifinals to Denver.
The Bobcat women’s basketball team will look to beat Utah State University and San Jose State University this weekend as senior guard Diamond Ford sets her sights on breaking the school’s season-scoring record.
Ford is 57 points away from breaking the school’s season-scoring record. She totaled 58 points in the previous matchups against the Aggies and Spartans, with a season-high 40 against San Jose State. Carlotta Fisbeck holds the record scoring 633 points, a title that has been intact for 43 years.
Ford is the 13th player at Texas State to collect more than 1,000 career points. The guard finished with 572 points last season, which accounted for fourth best in school history. Ford ranks 10th in the nation in points per game, averaging 21.4 points this season and has 577 points this year.
The Texas State basketball team will close out the regular season campaign on the road when they take on San Jose State University and Utah State University this weekend.
Utah State has struggled since losing three of its top five most productive players on the offensive end to injury. On Jan. 17 they suffered more than just a loss to New Mexico State—they lost the WAC Preseason Player of the Year, junior guard Preston Medlin to a broken wrist.
Medlin was averaging 20 points and the Aggies started the WAC schedule 5-0 before the guard went down with the injury. The Aggies are 4-6 in the WAC since Medlin went down in the second half of the New Mexico State game.
Texas State softball will travel north on Interstate-35 to face No. 5 University of Texas-Austin (20-3) in a three game series.
The Longhorns have posted as many losses as the Bobcats (3-17) have wins this season. UT has beaten teams such as the University of North Texas, the University of Houston and the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. These are all teams Texas State has lost to this year.
“They are a great ball club,” said Coach Ricci Woodard. “If our pitching staff doesn’t hit their spots, their team is going to put up a lot of numbers. We have to make sure we do our part offensively and just make sure our pitching staff is hitting their spot and ahead in the count.”
The Bobcats played UT two times last year and dropped both contests. Texas State was unable to produce a run in any of the games and the ball club was outscored, 12-0.
Texas State women’s basketball lost Thursday against Seattle University, the team’s fourth overtime loss this season decided under a 4-point difference.
The Bobcats led by 14 points at the start of the second half, holding Seattle to 30.3 percent shooting from the floor in the first half of play, 10-33. The Redhawks then went on a 34-19 scoring surge, tying the game at 59 with 5:41 remaining. Seattle led by 3 with 50 seconds on the clock, but senior Diamond Ford, who had 22 points, hit a 3 pointer with 30 left, sending the game into overtime, 66 all.
However, Texas State could not convert down two in the last seconds of overtime. Ford missed a 3-pointer to win the game and a second-chance jumper for the tie. The final score was 73-71.