By Reily Chestnut
The Texas State Bobcats need a pick-me-up after this fall down the well. Their losing streak was extended after dropping their fifth in a row, 77-70 against the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers.
This loss hurts for this young Bobcat team. Head coach Zenarae Antoine let play-by-play broadcaster Clint Shields know that this loss isn’t going to help the team heading back home. The best lessons are learned through failure. We’ve heard it all before. That being said, the Bobcats couldn’t keep up their strong showing in the first half. At the midway point, the maroon and gold held the 39-30 lead inside the HTC Center, in large part due to the sticky defense that held down the Chanticleers like flies in the trap.
Meanwhile, the ‘Cats didn’t need senior Toshua Leavitt to break out of her shooting coma in the first 20 minutes of play. They relied on 20 minute showcases from gals like junior guard Brooke Holle, who led the way with 12 points in the first half. As for her support, Holle found some from freshman starter Da’Nasia Hood as she shot 3-of-7 with 7 points before intermission. Unfortunately, the team couldn’t stop CCU after they made adjustments and shot insanely well in the 2nd half.
The home squad shot back at the ‘Cats to the tune of 52 percent in the third and fourth quarter. It was a slow building avalanche that left the ‘Cats hurting as they left the gym. The last time these two teams played was one of the last times Texas State played the whole game comfortably in control. Today they can only look at the stat sheet and see a few highlights.
Holle finished with 15 points after struggling to finish in the second half like she started the game. Leavitt, you remember her, right? Well, she woke up to finish with a team-high 20 points off 6-of-22 marks from the field. Her three point shot hasn’t found its usual rhythm as she finished 4-of-17 from outside. This didn’t help the team after they shot a combined 8-of-27 from outside.
In the end, Texas State couldn’t keep the soda can from spilling over after chugging too fast. The peak was early and fantastic. But, the fall proved to be tough and tragic for this young core of Bobcats. All they can do is move on. Something this team needs desperately as they come back to Strahan Arena next Thursday to host Arkansas State at 7 PM on KTSW 89.9!
Featured photo by Texas State Athletics.