The Texas State women’s basketball team defeated the Arlington Baptist Patriots by a final score of 101-32 at Strahan Arena on Tuesday night.
Tianna Eaton led all scorers with 24 points to go along with four rebounds and two blocks. Morgan Hill was the second leading scorer with 23 points, and she added 15 rebounds.
Kennedy Taylor finished the game with seven assists and with her sixth assist, she became the new career assist leader for the Texas State women’s basketball program.
Taylor passed Shelly Borton (1986-90) for the top position. Taylor credits the coaching staff for giving her the keys and allowing her to play her game.
“It feels amazing to be able to accomplish this. I really just have to shoutout all of my teammates I currently have and have had during my time here at Texas State,” Taylor said. “And I appreciate the coaches for believing in me and putting me in the system that I am able to succeed and surrounding me with great players who can score. It’s just an amazing feeling.”
Eaton was the player who finished Taylor’s assist to give her the all-time assist leader title. Eaton knew what was on the line, and she was wanted to be the one to help Taylor break the record.
“I wanted her to get it so bad. I was so eager,” Eaton said. “She’s such a good player and person and she’s the best point guard I’ve played with. She’s so selfless and she wants everybody to win, so she’s the type of person you want to see succeed.”
No better way to succeed than to put on a clinic from the moment the game tips off. The Bobcat’s forced four turnovers and held Arlington Baptist to 33 percent shooting from the field in the first quarter.
Ja’Kayla Bowie started the first quarter hot as she scored seven points without missing a shot. She finished the game with 15 points and added nine rebounds.
The second quarter was more dominance as the Bobcats only allowed one made field goal. For the entire game Arlington Baptist only shot 20 percent from the field. Zenarae Antoine, head coach of the Texas State women’s basketball team, has made defense a big focus and sees it’s paying off.
“The team can tell you, all we’ve been talking about is defense. I don’t think we talk very much about offense at all,” Antoine said. “They had some action that did hurt us and our ability to recover from that and do better happened in the second half.”
With as great as the defense has played, the Bobcats have scored 100 points in two out of the last three games. The offense has been clicking on all cylinders.
The Bobcats will be traveling to El Paso as they matchup against UTEP at the Don Haskins Center on Saturday Nov.19 at 6 pm. The Bobcats will be looking to keep their undefeated season intact with this tough matchup ahead.
Written by: Jordan Young