A Texas State player keeps the ball from an Arkansas State player.

A Valentine’s Day Battle: No Love Lost

By Deshaun Hartley
Sports Reporter

After losing the last five games, Texas State women’s basketball were tired of being the prey and started to become the predator. They ran out of the tunnel looking to bring the pressure, and boy, they did. This team came out on the defensive end, caused three turnovers in Arkansas State’s first three possessions and caused not one, not two, but three shot clock violations in the first half. They would end the first quarter on a 13-3 run which the Red Wolves could not bounce back from and would fall 68-54.

Not only was the defense stifling, but the offense was as smooth as you shooting your shot on Valentine’s Day. Some unfamiliar names were on display in the first quarter as freshman Jaeda Reed was ready when her number was called. She tallied five points in the first quarter including one as soon as she touched the floor. She later followed that with a buzzer-beater to enhance the crowd’s involvement. She also scored her career high seven points on three-for-four shooting on the night.

The second quarter has been a reoccurring struggle for this team but all that was put to rest by one name. Junior Brooke Holle dominated the second quarter scoring all of her eight first half points during a three-minute stretch of nothing but hearing her name over the PA system. She would finish the game shooting 50 percent on seven-of-14 shooting from the field, finishing with a game high 21 points. It all started with a beautiful back door play set up by Da’Nasia Hood, then the first three of the game went straight through the nets for the Bobcats. Oh, but the scoring wasn’t done for the Westlake high school graduate as she drew another foul attacking the basket. A minute later another basket went through the net for her as you can see the team’s morale start to rise.

Not only did Holle play an extremely important role in tonight’s game, but freshman Hood did as well, as she shot six-for-14 and finished with 14 points and added nine rebounds, also went on a big scoring stretch in the second half, which included both of her threes for the game.

The fourth quarter was a comeback effort for the Red Wolves led by leading scorer (14.2 PPG) Peyton Martin who led her team in points with 14 and also grabbed five rebounds, the only scorer in double figures for her team. The Bobcats would hold off the Wolves’ scoring stint to grab their first win since the last time they played this team mid January.

The challenge isn’t over for the Bobcats as they face the number one team in the conference, the Little Rock Trojans, this Saturday. Tune in at 2 p.m. to hear the action on KTSW 89.9.

Featured image by Texas State Athletics.

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