Women's basketball ends season in tournament defeat

Sports Editor

The Texas State women’s basketball team shot 34.4 percent from the field on the road Thursday night, ending the team’s season in a 59-51 loss to Stephen F. Austin.

The Bobcats’ season ended with an overall record of 16-16, despite the team’s postseason appearance.

Erin Peoples, sophomore forward, led the Bobcats with 21 points and nine rebounds. Peoples’ 21 points was one shy of her season-high 22 on Jan. 25 against Troy.

SFA had a 13-4 run in the second half, taking a 40-31 lead, and did not look back. The Bobcats shot 1-7 from the field during the Ladyjacks’ 13-4 run.

Texas State answered the run with a 6-0 run of its own later in the half, cutting the deficit to five. SFA ended the run by a converting an “and-one” chance. The Bobcats cut the lead to four later in the game, but SFA converted 9-9 from the free throw line in the second half to put the game away.

The Bobcats took a 19-18 lead into halftime after Kileah Mays, sophomore forward, converted on a jumper inside the paint with 17 seconds left in the first half.

Texas State made 2-13 3-point field goals in the game after averaging 4.7 per game during the season. The Bobcats shot 50 percent from the free throw line while SFA converted on 10-11 from the charity stripe.

The Bobcats forced 19 turnovers while the team had 11 of its own. Texas State stole the ball eight times compared to the Ladyjacks’ six.

The Bobcats end the season 12-6 in the Sun Belt Conference and with six more overall wins than last year. The team will lose seniors Kaylan Martin, guard, Ashley Ezeh, center, and Jasmine Baugus, forward, to graduation.