Women's Basketball

Column: Women's basketball’s season strong in conference, average overall

The Texas State women’s basketball team finished with a 16-16 overall record and a 12-6 record in the Sun Belt Conference.

The Bobcats were eliminated in the semifinals of the Sun Belt postseason tournament by the Arkansas State Red Wolves, who beat them three times by an average margin of 12 points this season.

Texas State entered the tournament with nine wins in its last 12 games, including an 11-point road victory against Western Kentucky, the eventual Sun Belt champion. The team was in contention for the second seed in the playoffs up until the final week. As the fourth seed, and with some momentum heading into the postseason, Texas State’s chances to win the tournament were reasonably high.

Women's basketball ends season in tournament defeat

The Texas State women’s basketball team shot 34.4 percent from the field on the road Thursday night, ending the team’s season in a 59-51 loss to Stephen F. Austin.

The Bobcats’ season ended with an overall record of 16-16, despite the team’s postseason appearance.

Erin Peoples, sophomore forward, led the Bobcats with 21 points and nine rebounds. Peoples’ 21 points was one shy of her season-high 22 on Jan. 25 against Troy.

SFA had a 13-4 run in the second half, taking a 40-31 lead, and did not look back. The Bobcats shot 1-7 from the field during the Ladyjacks’ 13-4 run.

Women's basketball defeats Jaguars in Alabama

The Texas State women’s basketball team erased a 10-point deficit in the second half Wednesday to defeat the South Alabama Jaguars 64-60.

The Bobcats swept the season-series against South Alabama, winning both matchups by single-digits. The team swept three conference opponents this season.

Texas State improved to 14-14 overall and 11-6 in the conference. They won 11 conference games for the third time since 2007.

South Alabama was eliminated from postseason contention after losing its eighth consecutive game.

“It’s never easy going up against a team that has their back against the wall,” said Coach Zenarae Antoine. “You never truly know someone’s heart, and I give a lot of credit to Coach (Terry) Fowler for what he’s doing with this program.”

Women's basketball looks to improve seed in postseason

The Texas State women’s basketball team will travel to Mobile, Ala. Wednesday to play the South Alabama Jaguars, two weeks removed from a 63-61 Bobcat victory at home in their first matchup.

South Alabama scored 38 points in the second half, cutting Texas State’s 12-point lead to 2 points with 11 seconds remaining. Jennifer Johnson, South Alabama forward, missed a mid-range shot as time expired.

The Jaguars are 1-12 on the road, tied for the worst away record in the Sun Belt Conference. South Alabama is 6-6 at home this season, allowing 63.8 points compared to 79.8 on the road.

Bobcats defeat Panthers on Senior Day

The women’s basketball team limited the Georgia State Panthers Saturday on Senior Day to a season-low point total in its 54-47 victory.

Texas State clinched a playoff berth in the Sun Belt tournament, improving to 13-14 overall and 10-6 in the conference. The Bobcats are two games behind first place Arkansas State with two matches remaining.

"I'm really excited,” said Coach Zenarae Antoine. “As a former student athlete, there is nothing more special than this time, especially when I know they have an opportunity to potentially have postseason play. Every game for us at this point truly matters in order for us to get above .500, but they found a way to come together.”

Bobcats lose second-straight game against Western Kentucky

The Texas State women’s basketball team lost its second conference game at home this season Wednesday against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.

Western Kentucky scored 75 points on 53 shots in the 75-50 victory. The Hilltoppers have won four straight games by an average margin of 28 points. The Bobcats’ 30-point loss is their 10th loss by double-digits and the team’s third by 20 or more points this season.

Texas State’s loss snapped its five-game winning streak at home dating back to Jan. 4. The Bobcats have lost consecutive games for the first time since Dec. 22, a span of 15 games.

Bobcats have chance to clinch postseason spot with win

The Texas State women’s basketball team will play the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at home Wednesday in their second matchup this season.

The Bobcats scored 46 points in the second half of the teams’ last contest Feb. 1, securing the 72-63 victory. The Hilltoppers, who are 10-3 at home this season, have won three consecutive home games by an average of 27.3 points since the loss.

Western Kentucky is 9-5 in the Sun Belt Conference, tied with Texas State and Arkansas-Little Rock for second place. The Bobcats can clinch the season-series and the tiebreaker with a win against the Hilltoppers.

Bobcats lose to conference-leader Arkansas State on road

The Texas State women’s basketball team turned the ball over 21 times on the road Saturday in its 74-55 loss to the Arkansas State Red Wolves.

Arkansas State swept the season-series against Texas State, winning both matchups by a combined
35 points.

“They are a tough team for anyone to play,” said Coach Zenarae Antoine. “Player for player, we are just as talented. They are just playing at another level. Everything is clicking for them. Are they beatable? For sure, but it’s going to take a really strong effort. It’s going to take a great effort, not just a good one.”

Texas State defeats South Alabama 63-61 at Strahan Coliseum Wednesday night

Number 45 taking a jump shot

The Texas State women’s basketball team limited South Alabama, the top perimeter shooting team in the conference, to four 3-pointers Wednesday night in its 63-61 victory.

The Bobcats improved to 12-12 overall and 9-4 in the conference. The Bobcats have a .500 overall winning percentage for the third time this season.

“We put ourselves in place in the end to have enough of a cushion to win this game,” said Coach Zenarae Antoine. “There are some things we need to do execution wise better. As you heard the crowd, we had a huge sigh of relief.”

Kaylan Martin, senior guard

Kaylan Martin dribbling the ball down court

CW: What’s your favorite type of music?
KM: My favorite type of music is hip-hop.

CW: What motivates you?
KM: I’m very goal driven. I’ve always been playing to win a ring. It didn’t happen in high school. Now it’s my senior year in college, and I’d love to win a ring.

CW: Do you have a pre-game ritual?
KM: I try to focus, pray and listen to music before my games.

CW: How do you feel after a close win?
KM: I feel accomplished. Those types of wins are fun—it’s like a battle.

CW: If you could go on a date with any celebrity who would it be?
KM: LeBron James.

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