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Battle-Worn Bobcats Fall in OT in the First Round of the WBI

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By Kyle Spencer
Sports Director

The Bobcats lost a heartbreaker in overtime to Eastern Washington in the first round of the WBI.

Junior point guard Toshua Leavitt was battling an illness during the game and was held scoreless throughout. Going 0-6 from the field and 0-4 from three. Other junior guard, Kaitlin Walla got off to a hot start, but would play limited time later the game due to a wrist injury.

Senior Erin Peoples scored 11 points on 5-10 shooting in her final game as a Bobcat.

Texas State got off to a hot start in the first quarter, outscoring Eastern Washington 24 to 15. Walla led the way with a quick 11 points off the bench, sinking two three pointers. The quarter would end with a Ti’aira Pitts jumper to push the lead to nine.

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Kaitlin Walla lines up her free throw shot. Photo by Jessica Calderon.

In the second quarter it was all Bobcats. Texas State would push the lead to 16 twice, with Easter Washington only pulling within 9 before the half. Walla added five more points and ended the first half with 16. Texas State would go into the locker room with a 38-28 lead.

Eastern Washington flipped the script in the third quarter. The Eagles would crawl back into the game with strong play from Ashil Payne, cutting the lead to one with 5:54 left in the third quarter. The Bobcats lost the lead on a jumper from Eastern Washington’s Amira Chandler.

Both teams reached a stalemate in the final quarter, scoring a combined 13 points. Pitts hit a free throw with 3:06 left to tie the game up at 55. Both teams would be held scoreless the final three minutes of regulation.

In overtime Taeler Deer opened the period with a jumper to take a 57-55 lead, but it was all Eagles after that. Eastern Washington took a five point lead and held the lead for the remainder of the game.

Texas State ends the season 16-15 on the year and a 10-5 record at home. Erin Peoples is the only senior graduating from this team. Peoples scored over 1,000 points in her career, accumulated 192 steals and averaged 6.3 rebounds over the course of her four years at Texas State.

Featured image by Jessica Calderon.

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