A Texas State player goes for a score against Coastal Carolina.

The Bobcats Fall Short to Sun Belt Foe in the Natural State

By Mark Brown
Assistant Sports Director

The Bobcats suffered another loss early in conference play against the Little Rock Trojans at their home court. This 62-47 defeat will be a wake up call for the upcoming games. Good news: there is still plenty of season left for the Bobcats to redeem themselves.

Texas State head coach Zenarae Antoine wasn’t satisfied in the overall performance in her players. The Bobcats turned the ball over 15 times against a difficult opponent on the road. The Trojans were able to score 20 points based off the turnovers. Four talented Trojan players racked up points in the double digits separately. The Bobcats went 7-11 shooting 63.6 percent from the field, tallying 17 points in the first quarter alone.

Starting point guard Toshua Leavitt struck fear into Bobcat fans as she was sent to the locker room during the first quarter. Texas State held onto a 12-8 lead while Leavitt was taken away. Freshman backup guard Kennedy Taylor stepped up, churning five points before the end of quarter one. Both teams played exceptional defense in the second quarter forcing a 27-27 tie at half.

The second half is when the Trojans really started to run up the score. The Bobcats were outscored 35-20 in the remaining two quarters of the game. The turnovers are the main cause of their fate against the Trojans. As the Bobcats attempted to rally a comeback in the fourth quarter, they fell short to the Trojans 62-47.

Leavitt led the Bobcats in scoring with 15 points. She went 6-13 from the field and 3-5 from three point land. Taylor scored a season-best of 13 points, shooting 6-9 from the floor. Senior forward Zandra Emanuel also stepped up with nine points and led the team with 10 rebounds.

Next up, the Bobcats will face the Arkansas State Red Wolves in a quick turnaround this Saturday at 4 p.m. at First National Bank Arena. Tune in for the action on KTSW 89.9.

Featured photo by Texas State Athletics.

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