By DeShaun Hartley
The Texas State women’s basketball team (9-13, 4-6 Sun Belt) traveled to Boone, North Carolina, to face the Appalachian State Mountaineers(12-9, 6-4 Sun Belt) in a game where physicality and will power became evident. Unfortunately, the ‘Cats were overpowered and fell short 77-56 to the Mountaineers of Appalachian State.
This loss would make it the third straight for the Texas State women’s basketball team, the first time since the 2016-2017 season that this would happen. The ‘Cats started off strong as they hung around, playing the Mountaineers closely as the score rounded off 23-20 at the end of the first quarter. They continued their second quarter struggles this season, as they are being outscored by 26 points in what has become a quarter of rockiness for the them in conference play.
Sophomore forward Jayla Johnson had one of her most efficient scoring games of the season shooting 100 percent in the first half and finished the end of regulation with a smooth ten points, only missing one shot the entire game. She also had help from the true freshman guard Kennedy Taylor who scored a team high with 11 points and a game-high with six assists, shooting an efficient three for five from the three point line.
It was a big game for the Mountaineers’ leading scorer Madi Stori, who averages 14.3 PPG in Sun Belt play, as she had a game high 17 points, with 13 of them in the first half. She continued her consistent shooting night finishing the game shooting five of eight from the field and six of eight from the free throw line.
This Saturday the Lady ‘Cats will look for a win as they take on Coastal Carolina at 1 p.m. at the HTC center, catch all the action on KTSW 89.9.
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