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Women's basketball ends season with 57-54 loss to Oral Roberts

Coach Zenarae Antoine has set the expectation that qualifying for post season play “is what we do.” The standard is set to make post season tournaments and advance deep into those respective tournaments.

With that being said, Antoine called the Texas State women's basketball teams 57-54 to Oral Roberts "disappointing."

Texas State led for most of the game, but gave up the lead on a 3-pointer by Atoe’ Jackson, Golden Eagles senior guard, with 2:44 left in the game. Jackson's go-ahead 3-pointer was her only 3-pointer of the entire game. 

Women's basketball eliminated in conference tournament by Trojans

It did not take long for the game to get ugly for the Texas State women’s basketball team.

The Trojans started the game with a 17-2 run and never looked back. Texas State ultimately lost 87-43. 

The 87 points scored by the Trojans was the highest point total the team had scored all year long. 

“I think when that happens, you have to try and figure out a way to get [your team] some easy scores or some easy stops [defensively] so that they can regroup and get what you’re saying to them,” said Coach Zenarae Antoine. “That can be a difficult task when things aren’t executed the way you would like, but I can say that even at halftime, our team still believed and that’s a positive.”

Women's basketball survives rally, advances to semifinals

It's fitting that Coach Zenarae Antoine’s motto for the postseason tournament was survival because that’s what the Texas State women’s basketball team did against UT-Arlington.

“A big part of being able to survive in any competition is the mental piece,” Antoine said. “For me, that’s really where it started. I think the momentum for me right now, with our team, is truly in our favor. We’ve been here before, and we have done this.”

Two blocks from Ericka May, freshman guard, and a pair of free throws with seven seconds on the clock secured the 52-46 win.

Women's basketball faces familiar matchup in first round of tournament

Texas State’s first-round matchup on Wednesday against UT-Arlington is a matter of survival for Coach Zenarae Antoine.

The Bobcats defeated UT-Arlington by a combined 15 points in two meetings this season.

“It’s very realistic that we can make a run if we put our best foot forward,” Antoine said. “The team understands that. What it comes down to is what team is going to show: the toughness and the grit. That’s why they call it March Madness.”

The results of the earlier two matchups, Antoine said, are now just a “sidebar.”

The Sun Belt Conference tournament represents a clean slate for the Bobcats, who concluded the regular season with losses to Appalachian State and Louisiana-Monroe.

Sun Belt Conference tournament preview

1. Arkansas-Little Rock
Current record: 25-4 overall, 18-2 conference
Last year’s tournament finish: Eliminated in the semifinals by Western Kentucky
This season against Texas State: 2-0
Scoring margin per game: +13.4

Arkansas-Little Rock dominated the Sun Belt Conference this season. The Trojans were first in the Sun Belt in average scoring margin with 13.4 points per game.

The team relies on its top-ranked scoring defense, giving up 50.4 points a game, to put the Trojans in a good position to win ball games.

Taylor Gault, senior guard, is the team’s top scorer with 14.9 points per game. She will lead the Trojans into battle along with the three other upperclassmen on the starting five.

Women's basketball closes regular season with road loss to Warhawks

The Sun Belt Conference tournament represents a clean slate for the Texas State women’s basketball team.

The Bobcats closed their regular season with a 90-84 overtime loss to Louisiana-Monroe Saturday and a 61-55 defeat by Appalachian State Thursday.

“We had the opportunity to put them away,” said Coach Zenarae Antoine. “Every chance we had to put them away, we either took an ill-advised shot—which was failed opportunities in transition—or we missed our free throws, or we ended up fouling.”

Louisiana-Monroe went to the free throw line 43 times, while Texas State tallied 21 attempts. The Warhawks shot 74.4 percent from the free throw line. Texas State shot 52.4 percent.

Women's basketball enters final road trip of regular season

One road trip remains for the Texas State women’s basketball team before the postseason tournament in New Orleans.

Texas State’s first opponent of the weekend is Appalachian State, which sits seventh in the Sun Belt Conference with an 8-10 record.

The Bobcats defeated the Mountaineers by nine points in the last matchup. Maryah Sydnor, Mountaineers senior forward, was injured during the game.

“When you have an all-conference player out of the lineup mid-stream of the game, it’s hard for a team to adjust,” said Coach Zenarae Antoine. “I can’t lie. That obviously helps.”

Sydnor had 10 points in 17 minutes before exiting with 14:15 remaining in the second half. The Bobcats outscored Appalachian State by six points in the rest of the game.

Beyond the game: Raven Burns, junior guard

Raven Burns, junior guard, almost cried tears of joy during a photo shoot with her best friend, Regina Harris.

The feeling subsided when Burns held the camera lens over her eye.

It was time to get to work.

Burns got a new camera last Christmas from her father, Randy. Raven and Randy do not have much experience with photography, but they possess a flair for it.

“She’s always been kind of creative and decorative and all of that, so I think that’s something she would probably be good at,” Randy said.

Raven gets her photography instinct from her father. Randy took a photography class in high school, and his teacher told him he had a knack for it. Randy was not interested at first. He took the class because he thought it would be easy.

Get to know: Ayriel Anderson, junior guard

PL: Who is your favorite basketball player? Why?

AA: Allen Iverson. To me, he was a crafty guard who ran his team but also could put the team on his back. Everybody loved his crossover, and I liked how he could cross anybody over to get by them. And he can shoot.

PL: How long have you played basketball?

AA: Since I was really small—about 4 or 5 years old. I played in the Boys and Girls Club.

PL: What’s one of your hobbies off the court?

AA: I’m literally a basketball fanatic. All I watch is basketball, so whether it's on my phone, on the computer or the games that are on television—when I'm not playing basketball, I’m watching basketball.

Bobcats defeat Red Wolves 83-74 on senior day

Prior to Saturday's matchup, the Texas State women's basketball team was 0-4 against Arkansas State, including a semifinal loss in last year’s conference tournament.

The Bobcats' 83-74 win put an end to the losing streak.

“They (seniors) get to win their season on a big win at home," Coach Zenarae Antoine said. "You beat Arkansas State, who’s been a monkey on our back. Come on now that is huge. I’m so happy for our seniors.”

Antoine said this week the players made a list of four things they wanted to do against Arkansas State. She told them if they accomplished those four things they would win. 

Atop that list was giving 100 percent effort.

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