Women's Basketball

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.

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.

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: Texas State 67, Appalachian State 58

WHAT THE WIN MEANS

The Texas State women’s basketball team is moving the needle in a positive direction. The team has won three consecutive games, putting them one matchup behind Arkansas State for second place in the conference. While they are fifth in conference scoring margin—a metric that typically indicates whether a team is playing well—the Bobcats are still finding ways to win games. Texas State is still in contention for a postseason championship even after taking into account variables such as injuries and shuffling rotation.

TURNING POINT

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Bobcats extend winning streak to three games

The Texas State women's basketball team had the ball and the lead, 61-58, with one minute remaining in regulation.

Appalachian State’s only hope was to cause a turnover or get a rebound after a Texas State miss.

Texas State ended the game on a 6-0 run as the Bobcats walked away with a 67-58 victory. The Bobcats are now 7-3 in conference play.

Taeler Deer, freshman guard, scored a career-high 23 points in 29 minutes off the bench. Deer made eight of 12 shot attempts and she made all three of her three-point attempts.

“I always knew the kid could score," Coach Zenarae Antoine said. "She can score in buckets. It’s just a matter of time for her understanding what we need from her to be able to step up.”

Women's basketball 'survived' in win over Georgia Southern

In her own words, Coach Zenarae Antoine was "tired of seeing the same thing over and over."

She was referring to the defensive end, where the Texas State women's basketball team allowed Georgia Southern to make 39 percent of their shots. 

"One time I didn’t even yell, scream, I just told them look, I’m tired of saying ‘play defense,'" Antoine said. "I’m tired of saying stop trading baskets. They hear it all the time. We aren’t in the business of trading baskets."

Women's basketball begins three-game home stretch

Coach Zenarae Antoine does not know how Texas State’s game against Georgia Southern will play out despite the Bobcats’ 48.2 percent shooting in their last matchup.

“I honestly couldn’t answer that right now,” Antoine said. “My hope is that we just do a great job defensively at home and the rest will take care of itself. If we do a great job defensively at home and rebounding that basketball, we will be happy offensively.”

In the Bobcats’ 79-65 victory, the team shot 43.8 percent from 3-point range, and four Bobcats achieved double digits in points.

However, the team allowed sophomore forward Patrice Butler and sophomore guard Angel McGowan to combine for 42 points on 22 field goal attempts. Butler completed a season-high 11 free throw attempts in the win.

Beyond the game: Kileah Mays, junior center

Kileah Mays, junior center, marches to the beat of her own drum, and that is the way she likes it.

“I feel like my personality is kind of weird sometimes because a lot of people wouldn’t perceive me as what they expected from me,” Mays said.

When describing herself, Mays often comes back to one word—old. Old school. Old body. Old spirit.

“A lot of people say I’m an ‘old body,’” Mays said. “I do feel like I have an old spirit because a lot of people my age will talk about going to the mall or places like that while I’m here like, ‘I want to watch HGTV and learn how to build things.’ So that’s why I think I’m ‘older’ because people will say like, ‘That’s boring,’ but I think it’s fun.”

Women's basketball secure 'huge' road win against Mavericks

The Texas State women’s basketball team bounced back Monday night from a 20-point loss to Arkansas State suffered Saturday with a 60-53 win over the UT-Arlington Mavericks.

The Bobcats were fourth in the conference behind Arkansas-Little Rock, Troy and Arkansas State, heading into the game.

The team’s focus is to improve with every game, but Coach Zenarae Antoine said this win was important for the Bobcats’ long-term.

“I think if you look long-term, of course this win was huge,” Antoine said. “As a matter of fact, every game from here on out is big as the conference evolves and you see teams rising to the top. This one was critical on the road. Any road win is critical, but for us, this one was huge.”

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