The Texas State women’s basketball team scored 46 points in the second half to defeat the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers 72-63 on the road Saturday.
The Bobcats scored 32 of 72 points in the paint. Texas State outrebounded Western Kentucky 37-27, including a 22-12 advantage in the second half. Western Kentucky dropped to 14-6 overall and 7-3 at home with the loss. The Hilltoppers are 449-106 in 555 home games.
The Bobcats have won six of their last nine games after beginning the year 2-8. Texas State’s two-game winning streak is the team’s longest since joining the Sun Belt Conference. The Bobcats have won consecutive games for the second time this year and for the first time in conference play.
Texas State is 2.5 games behind Arkansas State for the Sun Belt lead. They are scoring 65.9 points per game and allowing 66.9 points in eight conference games.
Sophomore forward Erin Peoples finished with 17 points, nine rebounds, three rebounds, two steals and 6-10 shooting. Peoples earned her first Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week award this year, making her the second Bobcat to receive the honor. Peoples is averaging 12.4 points and 6.8 rebounds in the conference. She has started 49 straight games for the Bobcats dating back to her freshman year.
Texas State took the lead after a 23-6 run in the first 10 minutes of the second half. The Bobcats held the lead for the remaining minutes of the half after senior guard Kaylan Martin converted two free throws. There was one tie and one lead change in the game.
Martin scored 10 of her season-high 15 points in the second half. She finished with a season-high seven turnovers.
Four Bobcats finished with double figures. Freshman guard Kaitlin Walla led the bench with 12 points, her fourth game in double figures in the last six games. Walla is averaging 11.2 points, 46.7 percent shooting and 1.5 3-pointers in this stretch.