The Texas State women’s basketball team will play its third game in a five-day span Wednesday night at home against the South Alabama Jaguars.
The Bobcats are coming off their first loss since Jan. 22. Texas State’s five-game winning streak was the longest since the 2007-08 season, when they won nine consecutive games.
The Bobcats were tied at halftime against Georgia State but allowed 45 points in the second half in the 82-69 loss.
“In this situation, it shouldn’t be difficult for us to bounce back,” said Coach Zenarae Antoine. “We played a good defensive game at (UT-Arlington), and we turned around and played a day later against Georgia State. The numbers were so poor. Hopefully you don’t give up that many points in the second half.”
Kendra Long, Georgia State senior guard, junior center Brittany Logan and sophomore forward Morgan Jackson accounted for 53 of 82 points. Long scored 17 points in the second half.
“We didn’t do a very good job in that area,” Antoine said. “The team clearly understands they have the capability of doing that. Although they are disappointed and upset, they know they have the capability. It’s not about bouncing back, just lessons learned.”
The Jaguars have the 20th highest 3-point percentage in Division I. Sophomore guard Rachel Cumbo leads the conference in 3-point percentage. Senior guard Meghan Dunn holds third place in 3-pointers made with 43.
“South Alabama is number one in the conference at shooting the 3-pointer,” Antoine said. “They’ll take you off the bounce and get to the free throw line, where they shoot in the high 80s. They’re a very patient team. They’ll work the ball to really good open 3s, and they know them down.”
Texas State opponents convert 4.8 long shots per game at a 32.7 percent clip, ranking eighth in the conference.
“You need to do a good job defending beyond the arc, making it difficult to get the shot off and put the ball on the floor,” Antoine said. “Defense is going to be really important. It doesn’t take very much to re-focus this particular team with this concept.”
South Alabama has lost three consecutive games against Troy, Arkansas State and Western Kentucky by an average of 21.3 points. South Alabama Coach Terry Fowler is in his first season with the program.
“(Fowler) is a fiery guy,” Antoine said. “He’s done a great job with his transition and getting this team going. My expectation is that they are going to come in, especially since they’ve seen a dismal defensive performance from us, and they might have a chance on the road to sneak one away.”
The Bobcats have the fourth best defense in the conference. Georgia State’s 82-point performance was the third-highest mark by an opponent this year. The Bobcats allowed 65.6 points per game in the previous five games.
“It’s important for our team to lock down,” Antoine said. “We are in the top four in points allowed. We need to do a better job doing what we do well defensively and making it tougher for teams to score.”