The Texas State women’s basketball team could not overcome Shanice Steenholdt’s 32 points in a 78-76 overtime loss to Houston Baptist Tuesday night, the team’s fourth loss in the last five games.
Steenholdt, who had 26 points and 12 rebounds in the Huskies 86-61 loss to Texas State last season, attributed 32 points, 13 rebounds, 3 blocks, 3 assists and 2 steals in Houston Baptist’s victory Tuesday. Steeholdt was 11-19 from the floor and 9-11 from the foul line.
Senior guard Diamond Ford, with 36 seconds remaining in overtime, had a chance to tie the game at 75 but missed her second free throw. Freshman guard Ayriel Anderson made a lay up to put the Bobcats in front 76-75, but the Huskies scored the final 3 points in the last 16 seconds of overtime.
Ford led Texas State with 22 points on 8-21 shooting, 2-4 from the free-throw line. Ford pitched in six assists but had five of Texas State’s 15 turnovers. The Huskies won despite 20 turnovers.
Anderson finished the game with 18 points, 6 rebounds 4 assists and 2 steals. Ford and Anderson played 40 of the 45 minutes, and freshman forward Erin Peoples played 39. Only six players for the Bobcats played double-digit minutes.
For the Huskies, they improved on a 4-20 record and got their first win since Jan. 12, snapping a streak of seven straight losses. The Huskies 78 points were the fourth highest point total for the team this season. The Bobcats were 4-2 in games where the team scored more than 75 coming into the contest.
There were nine lead changes in the second half. The largest lead of the second half for Texas State was 6 points, 48-42. They were unable to gain the lead back after it was lost until Anderson’s basket with 24 seconds remaining in overtime, the last basket for Texas State in defeat.
The Bobcats have the weekend off and won’t take the court again until Feb. 26, on the road against Seattle University.