By Myles Vaughn
The Texas State women’s basketball team (16-7 overall, 8-4 Sun Belt) defeated the ULM Warhawks on Saturday afternoon by a score of 74-56.
This was a bounce back win for the Bobcats after a tough comeback loss against Troy. “We took that L and used that focus and intensity, for the next game and executed,” forward Da’Nasia Hood said.
Hood was the team’s leading scorer with 18 points, followed by Kennedy Taylor (15) and Ja’Kayla Bowie (10). Hood also led the team in rebounds with 10, giving her back-to-back double-double’s in the last two games.
The game had started off slowly, with the Bobcats only having a four point lead throughout the first quarter. Most of these points were converted off either threes or turnovers.
The end of the second quarter was when the bobcats had turned the notch by gaining a 10-point lead and not looking back. This gave the Bobcats a 10-0 run and a score of 37-27 at the half.
“The emphasis is primarily on defense, to be honest, I’ve spent very little time on offense,” head Coach Zenarae Antoine said. This focus on defense played a large role in this one with the Bobcats only allowing 10 points in the fourth quarter.
Coming back from halftime, the Bobcats seemed to not let off the gas, giving them the largest lead of the night 20 points.
The Bobcats shot 9-13 in the third quarter in contrast to the Warhawks who struggled against bobcat defense shooting 8-18 in the third quarter.
The Bobcats matching their offense with their defense forced 24 Warhawk turnovers scoring 33 points off of them.
The Bobcats shot 5-13 from three point range while the Warhawks only made one off of seven total attempts.
“They got to a good place to get some other players opportunity, which is really exciting for them,” Coach Antione said.
The Bobcats built a big lead and played stifling defense to extend their win streak against ULM to nine games and four straight at home.
With this win, the Bobcats advance to 16-7 overall, and 8-4 in Sun Belt Conference play. Their next game will be away versus Southern Miss Feb. 9th at 5:00 p.m on ESPN+.
Written by: Hannah Walls