By Reed Graff
Assistant Sports Director
The Texas State women’s basketball team hosted Montana State for a battle of the Bobcats Saturday night in the consolation rounds of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT). Texas State came into the game having been victorious in their last game and looked to build some momentum with a win.
The Bobcats seemed just a step behind the visiting Bobcats the entire first half. No single Bobcat put together a stellar first half, but sophomore Jayla Johnson and guard Brooke Holle both scored five. The Cougars took the first half and led 35-25 heading into half.
The Bobcats came out hot in the third quarter. The home squad scored 22 points to Montana State’s eight. Senior Toshua Leavitt scored ten of her 19 total points in the quarter, and the Bobcats reclaimed the lead going into the third.
Montana State dominated the middle of the fourth quarter. The visitors put together a 14-0 run and took control of the game. Texas State quickly found themselves facing a 59-49 deficit with just four minutes to go. Freshman Ja’Kayla Bowie scored six points over the next two minutes to keep the game close, but ultimately the lead was too much to overcome. Montana State took the victory 67-59.
Leavitt finished with 19 points and an assist. Johnson scored ten and three rebounds and two assists. Brooke Holle tallied nine points, five rebounds, and four assists.
The Texas State Bobcats will hit the road next Tuesday to take on the UTSA Roadrunners. Tip-off will be at 7 pm on that Tuesday, November 20th.
Featured photo by TXST Athletics.