By Mark Brown
The Texas State Women’s basketball team was granted their first win over the Nicholls State Colonels in the first round of the WNIT tournament Friday night. The Bobcats entered the tournament lacking a win, but motivation was high amoungst all Bobcat members. Senior point guard Toshua Leavitt, junior guard Brooke Holle and sophomore forward Jayla Johnson were some key contributors in this game.
Early in the first quarter the Colonels jumped ahead of the Bobcats, leading by seven points. Holle, decided to take the wheel by draining a three pointer with only 39 seconds remaining in quarter. This shot narrowed the score gap to 18-14, the Colonels still in the lead.
The Colonels retaliated in the second quarter by increasing the score gap from four points to eight points, with a score of 28-20, with roughly four minutes remaining before half. The Bobcats were in for a rude awakening, knocking down nine of the last twelve points to narrow the score 31-29 at half.
The third quarter turned into an arm wrestling match; both teams were taking the lead back and forth. The Bobcats shifted gear knocking down the Colonels’ lead to a single point, ending quarter with a score of 54-53.
Freshmen guards Kennedy Taylor and Ja’Kayla Bowie started the fourth quarter combining the Bobcats’ first six points followed by Leavitt draining a three pointer from way downtown. This impressive act gave the Bobcats a four point lead. This event sparked the momentum for the Bobcats for the rest of the game. The Colonels tried to rally a comeback, but the Bobcats took control of the torch despite the Colonels efforts. Texas State held on for a 72-67 victory.
Leavitt lead the team with 20 points followed by Holle’s 17 points, Jayla Johnson’s 12 and Ja’Kayla Bowie’s nine points. Up next, Texas State will face the 2-1 Montana State Bobcats tonight at 6:30 p.m. for the second round of the preseason WNIT consolation bracket.
Featured Photo by Justin Manor.