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Bobcats attempt to bounce back from three-game losing streak

The Texas State men’s basketball team is in the midst of a four-game losing streak, and the offense has failed to exceed 60 points in three of the four losses.

To break the streak, the Bobcats will need to beat Louisiana-Lafayette, an opponent Coach Danny Kaspar called “one of the more talented teams in the conference.”

“It's a tough opponent for us,” Kaspar said. “We are going to have to play better offensively than we have been in the last three or four games.”

Shawn Long, Ragin’ Cajuns junior forward, is averaging a team-high 17.1 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. Long, a 6-foot-9 forward, is a projected selection in the second round of the 2015 NBA Draft according to DraftExpress.com.

Texas State to face Ragin' Cajun defense at home

Coach Zenarae Antoine’s philosophy this year focuses on the defensive end, where the Texas State women’s basketball team ranks fourth in the Sun Belt Conference.

The ranking notwithstanding, Antoine’s defense has not reached her expectations.

“I feel like we are getting better, but we are still not where we need to be,” Antoine said.

The Bobcats’ next opponent, Louisiana-Lafayette, is one of the three teams ahead of them in defense. The Ragin’ Cajuns allow 57.7 points per game and force a conference-high 21.4 turnovers on average each matchup.

Antoine said Louisiana-Lafayette excels on creating turnovers by being physical and active in passing. The team’s aggression compensates for its height disadvantage.

Baseball news and notes

HUMPAL IS CONFERENCE PITCHER OF THE YEAR

Lucas Humpal, junior pitcher, was named the Preseason Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Year. Humpal appeared in 15 games last year, winning four of his 10 decisions. His 3.76 earned run average is the 12th-best mark in the conference among qualified starters.

A deeper look at his peripheral stats indicates a pitcher who can handle the responsibilities of a No. 1 starter this season. Humpal struck out 82 batters compared to 27 walks, a 3.04 strikeout-to-walk ration which ranked third behind Austin Williams and Taylor Black.

GEISLER MAKES FIRST TEAM

Softball news and notes

HARRIS, KOROLL EARN SPOTS ON PRESEASON TEAM

Courtney Harris, senior third baseman, and Kortney Koroll, senior utility player, represented the softball team in the Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference team.

Harris recorded a hit on 50 of her 160 at bats last season, with 17 extra-base hits. Harris’ seven home runs were tied for second on the team, and her .506 slugging percentage placed her in the top 10 of the conference.

Koroll led the team with nine home runs. She recorded a home run on 6.8 percent of her at bats along with a .409 on-base percentage.

BOBCATS PICKED FOURTH

Beyond the Game: Meghan Braeuer

Meghan Braeuer, senior guard, faced with her first test of adversity four games into conference play.

The Bobcats were coming off a 20-point loss to Arkansas-Little Rock when Coach Zenarae Antoine asked Braeuer, the team’s second-leading scorer, to trust the game plan.

“I sat down with Meghan before the game and just asked her to trust me, and I’m very appreciative that she did,” Antoine said. “Because now what we’ve found is that she’s opened up her game and committed to defense and is a leader for us out on the floor.”

Braeuer had been pressing and not letting the game come to her in the three previous contests heading into the match against Louisiana-Monroe, which the Bobcats ended up winning 70-64.

Get to Know: Cory Geisler

QR: Cake or pie?

CG: Definitely pie, unless it’s a cookie cake. I’m not a big cake fan.

QR: Would you rather have a dragon or be a dragon?

CG: I’m not really into that dragon stuff, but honestly I’d rather be a dragon. He’s big, and fire comes out of your mouth. You can do whatever if you want. I’m not the bully type, but it would be pretty cool to overpower everyone.

QR: If you had to pick three people, dead or alive, to eat dinner with, who would they be?

Get to Know: Courtney Harris

CR: Do you have any nicknames that you go by on the softball team?

CH: All right, so Coach Woodard apparently thought I lived in the country because I’m from Dripping Springs, so she calls me “Big Country.” Honestly, it happened one year when we all got certificates from her, and she gave us all nicknames, and mine was “Big Country.” You’ll have to ask her for the real reason behind it. I don’t like it.

CR: What is a hobby you enjoy during your free time?

CH: I enjoy going to the lake. My family has a boat and a lot on the lake, so we go there a lot during the summer and wakeboard and tube.

CR: Do you have a favorite movie?

Bobcats face offensive woes after loss to Mountaineers

Coach Danny Kaspar does not make excuses when it comes to the Texas State men’s basketball team’s offense.

The statistics reflect an offense that is not gelling. Texas State is last in the Sun Belt in scoring and conference field goal percentage.

"Numbers never lie," Kaspar said. 

The Bobcats' 64-58 loss to the Appalachian State Mountaineers is their fourth consecutive defeat, dropping them to eighth in the conference.

Kaspar called the offensive performance against Appalachian State "dismal." Emani Gant, junior forward, said the team is going through a "rough patch."

“I’m frustrated right now," Kaspar said. “I’m at a loss for words. We have to shoot the basketball better. I’ve never had a team go through this bad in my history as a coach.”

Bobcats defeat Appalachian State at home

Coach Zenarae Antoine said the Texas State women’s basketball team’s 67-58 win against Appalachian State defined the character of her players.

Wins like this put the Bobcats in a position to realize their preseason goal—a conference championship, Antoine said.

Texas State is third in the Sun Belt Conference and on a three-game winning streak.

“These are the teams you need to truly be able to compete with and put away,” Antoine said. “This team just finds a way. If they put forth the effort, they are generally gonna come out victorious.”

Appalachian State was down three points with one minute remaining. The Mountaineers needed to create turnover or get a rebound after a Texas State miss.

The Bobcats scored the next six points to seal the victory.

Notebook: Appalachian State 64, Texas State 58

WHAT THE LOSS MEANS

Not all is lost, but the Texas State men’s basketball team is need of a win to reclaim some stability. The Bobcats are now on the fringes of postseason contention with 10 conference games remaining.

TURNING POINT

Happened at the four-minute mark. Texas State shaved the deficit to three points. Appalachian State drew a free throw on the next possession and missed the front end of a one-and-one. The Bobcats could not corral the rebound, and Mountaineers junior guard Frank Eaves converted a layup. Emani Gant, junior forward, missed a shot on the next two possessions, and the Mountaineers bumped the lead to 10 points in fewer than two minutes.

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