Women's basketball discusses strategy following weekend loss against Warhawks

Sports Reporter

The Texas State women’s basketball team missed 55 of 72 shots in its 78—52 loss Saturday to the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks.

The team is sixth in the Sun Belt Conference with a 2-2 conference record and 5-10 overall record. Seven of its 10 losses this season have been by double-digits.

“We’ve had some great games that we’ve won,” said senior guard Kaylan Martin. “We are a little excited about what we can do, but we’ve dropped a couple of games.”

Texas State scored 18 points in the first half, tying its season low. The Bobcats scored 34 points in the second half, but Monroe made 39 percent of its shots to extend the lead to 26 points.

Louisiana-Monroe, which has the Sun Belt Conference’s seventh-ranked defense, limited Texas State’s top four scorers to 12 of 41 in combined shooting.

“They forced us into a lot of bad shots,” said Coach Zenarae Antoine. “We took shots that were open, but they weren’t flowing, and we took contested shots. They did a very good job, but for whatever reason, we just fell short in our offensive execution.”

Louisiana—Monroe scored the first 9 points in the first half. Texas State did not score until the 14:16 mark.

“We need to start the game off better and stay focused because we start too slow,” Martin said. “There’s still improvements we can make.”

Martin went scoreless for the first time this season. She missed six shots and turned the ball over five times.

“I just had an off game in general,” Martin said. “They didn’t throw anything at us that we haven’t seen before. It was just a tough night offensively.”

Martin tallied three assists in the second half, and the Bobcats drew 17 personal fouls.

“We came out more aggressively and attacked the basket,” Martin said. “We knew that we had to come back from the deficit we created in the first half. We were more aggressive and focused.”

Sophomore guard Erin Peoples’ layup cut the Warhawks’ lead to 12 points with 16:43 remaining in the second half. Monroe went on a 14-6 run in the ensuing six minutes, including 8 of 8 shooting from the free throw line.

The Bobcats did not convert on a 3-pointer for the second time in Antoine’s three-year tenure. They have the lowest percentage of 3-pointers in the conference.

“We shoot a lot of 3s in practice,” Antoine said. “We work hard at simulating game-like 3-point shots. We are going to continue to do that. We can command double-teams in the paint and help defenders have to sink in. We can make these shots.”

Senior center Ashley Ezeh scored a game-high 15 points, along with six rebounds.

“She’s a big presence offensively because she can score,” Martin said. “She causes a lot of attention from the other team, and she creates double teams so we can kick out and score.”