By JohnPaul Ekpe
Texas State women’s basketball (3-2) dominated Arlington Baptist (2-9) in a 93-23 win Monday night at the University Events Center.
Texas State’s 60 rebounds and 27 assists mark the most recorded in any game for the women’s basketball team.
“We focused on rebounding the entire week,” Head Coach Zenarae Antoine said. “We had some size compared to what they had, so it was important we put an exclamation mark while getting better.”
Three Bobcats finished the game with double-doubles, led by senior forward Da’Nasia Hood who finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Redshirt junior forward Lauryn Thompson followed with 16 points and 12 rebounds while forward Gabby Standifer recorded her first career double-double and finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
“I think we did a good job of taking good shots and getting in the paint,” Standifer said. “That makes it easier to get offensive rebounds because we know more than likely that the shot is going up. We also got to put in our new defense and work through that.”
Texas State controlled the game from start to finish, forcing 31 turnovers making it the second time they have accumulated over 30 turnovers this season. The Bobcats only trailed at 09:41 after a made jumper by freshman guard Alexandra Cereceres to score the game’s first bucket. Then, they went on to hold the Patriots to 19 points in the first half and just four points in the second half.
“Arlington Baptist was a new opponent for us, so we were excited for the opportunity to play against someone who was really good in a dribble-drive offense and off the bounce,” Antoine said. “I’m always excited to get a win. I’m really happy when everybody has an opportunity to play and when we’re in the win column.”
Antoine expects a tough matchup in their upcoming game against the Houston Baptist Huskies (3-4) who lost their last game 63-45 to Grand Canyon.
“We don’t go beyond one scout,” Antoine said. “They played a really tough game against an offensive juggernaut in Grand Canyon and they’re really good defensively. They’re going to look to press us in the full court and they hit the offensive glass hard. That gym is a really hard place to play in so the atmosphere will make it tough.”
Antoine also mentioned how each game helps the team get ready for conference play which begins in about a month.
“We really had to work on our schedule to give our team the best opportunity to have similar looks to what we’re going to see,” Antoine said. “Every game has a purpose and we try to make sure we tie them in with our team. The looks that we see definitely set us up for conference play.”
Texas State will face off against Houston Baptist at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2 at Sharp Gym.
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