Texas State women’s basketball lost Thursday against Seattle University, the team’s fourth overtime loss this season decided under a 4-point difference.
The Bobcats led by 14 points at the start of the second half, holding Seattle to 30.3 percent shooting from the floor in the first half of play, 10-33. The Redhawks then went on a 34-19 scoring surge, tying the game at 59 with 5:41 remaining. Seattle led by 3 with 50 seconds on the clock, but senior Diamond Ford, who had 22 points, hit a 3 pointer with 30 left, sending the game into overtime, 66 all.
However, Texas State could not convert down two in the last seconds of overtime. Ford missed a 3-pointer to win the game and a second-chance jumper for the tie. The final score was 73-71.
“It was just a tough break for our team,” said Coach. “They worked so hard. They battled on the road. It was such a loud and hostile environment. I felt pretty comfortable throughout the game that we would end up victorious, but unfortunately, it didn’t happen that way. They gave it their all. These types of games are some of the toughest losses you remember.”
Senior Daidra Brown led the Redhawks in scoring with 22 points, her second highest point total this season. Seattle played without forward Kacie Sowell, who leads the team in scoring with 16.8 points per game, a WAC player of the year candidate.
Junior Ashley Ezeh from the Bobcats scored in double-figures in her third straight game since returning from injury. Texas State was out-rebounded on the offensive glass, 11-6. Both teams combined for 35 turnovers in the game.
“(Seattle) picked it up defensively in the second half,” Antoine said. “(Seattle) forced us into some bad shots, especially shots that weren’t necessarily in rhythm. That gave them the opportunity to get the quick rebound and get down the floor, and we had some key turnovers, which changed the momentum for (Seattle.)”
The Bobcats finished their road trip with the University of Idaho on Saturday, the eighth best 3-point shooting team in the nation. Idaho led by six at halftime, 36-30 and Texas State was never able to gain the lead, falling 72-59. Ford finished with 27 points, the Bobcats leading scorer.
Texas State played without Ezeh in the lineup. The Bobcats were outrebounded by a 43-31 differential. Freshman Erin Peoples amassed a double-double in the game, with 12 points and 10 rebounds, her fifth this season.