By Kyle Spencer
Texas State’s women’s basketball team defeated Sam Houston State 69-46 at Strahan Coliseum Monday night.
The Bobcats started off hot defensively, forcing the Bearkats to commit seven turnovers in the first quarter. Sam Houston State had only six points after the first 10 minutes of play.
The second would be more competitive, with the Bearkats opening the quarter by cutting the lead 15-11. The Bobcats would handle business from there, closing out the half with seven unanswered points. Texas State went into halftime with a 34-19 lead.
Taeler Deer led the Bobcats in the first half with nine points and four assists on 3-5 shooting. Neither team shot well in the first 20 minutes of play, with the Bearkats shooting 23% from the field and the Bobcats shooting 37%. Sam Houston State turned the ball over 12 times in the first half compared to Texas State’s eight.
Sam Houston State made things interesting in the third quarter, match Texas State’s point total of 16, but still trailed 50-35 going into the final quarter. In the final 10 minutes of play the Bobcats put Sam Houston State away early. Outscoring the Bearkats 11-1 in the first six minutes.
The late offensive output resulted in the Bobcats ending with a season-high 22 assists, and outscored Sam Houston State 28-6 in points off of turnover. The Bearkats ended with 21 turnovers
Deer led the Bobcats in scoring with 15 points for the second straight game, while also dishing out six assists. Tiara Pitts had a career-high 11 points on 5-8 shooting and gathered six boards as well.
Texas State will close out nonconference play this Thursday on the road against North Texas at 5 p.m.
Featured image courtesy of the Texas State athletic department.