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January 27th, 2008
Bobcat women less than perfect against Roadrunners

By MICHAEL WRIGHT
Sports Reporter

SAN MARCOS – Facing a big deficit at half time, the Texas State women’s basketball team (11-8, 5-1) made a comeback bid that fell a little short to lose for the first time this year against a Southland Conference opponent. The Bobcats trailed by 19 points at halftime (43-24) and fell to the Roadrunners from the University of Texas – San Antonio (12-6, 4-1), 81-68 in the IBC Maroon vs. Orange I-35 Rivalry Series game at Strahan Coliseum.

Things looked pretty normal for the Bobcats as they quickly jumped out to a 6-0 lead almost two minutes into the game. The Roadrunners tied it up 6-6 less than a minute later though on two consecutive 3-pointers and Texas State never led after that. UTSA finished the 1st half with a 9-0 run in the last 2:44. The Bobcats finished the half shooting only 11-35 from the field including 1-7 from 3 point range while the Roadrunners made almost 46% of their shots (17 of 37) while connecting on 5-11 from the 3 point line.

UTSA started the 2nd half by increasing their lead to 24 when they made the score 52-28 at the 17:11 mark. Texas State then made their run at victory as they went on a 22-7 run to bring their deficit to only 9 points, 59-50, when Brooke DeGrate hit a 3-pointer with 9:52 left . UTSA responded and never let their lead fall below 9 for the rest of the game as they finished it out with the 81-68 victory. The `Cats rebounded nicely from their 1st half shooting woes and hit 14 of 26 2nd half shots. Joyce Ekworomadu put in 18 points in the half (9 of 10 free throw shooting) and finished the game with 25 points and 6 rebounds to lead the team in both categories. Ekworomadu now has four consecutive games where she scored 20 points or more. UTSA was led by Terrie Davis who had 23 points (7 off 11 3-pointers made) and Onika Anderson who had 20 points and also tied a Roadrunner record for rebounding against a conference opponent with 19 boards. Davis who played high school ball at Houston, continued to add to her school record of 3 point shots. She has now taken 163 for her career.

The loss for the Bobcats snapped a five game conference winning streak, a eight game winning streak at home and a four game winning streak over UTSA. Despite the loss, the `Cats still hold a 28-21 all-time record against the Roadrunners. Texas State will play the second of their four game home stand against Stephen F. Austin next Thursday, Jan. 31. The game will be shown on Fox Sports Southwest, making it the first televised women’s basketball game ever played at Strahan Coliseum.

BOX SCORE

   
1st
2nd
Final
UTSA
43
38
81
Texas State
24
44
68

STAT LEADERS

UTSA

Scoring: Terrie Davis (23), Onika Anderson (20), Amanda Foster (14)

Rebounding: Onika Anderson (19), Amanda Foster (9), Monica Gibbs (5)

Assist: Monica Gibbs (7), Whitney York (4)

Blocks: Monica Gibbs (2)

Steals: Whitney York (3), Jordan Stark (2)

TEXAS STATE

Scoring:
Joyce Ekworomadu (25), Victoria Davis (13), Brooke DeGrate (9), Aimee Hilbum (6), Marie Moser (4)

Rebounding: Joyce Ekworomadu (6), Aimee Hilbum (5), Marie Moser (5), Victoria Davis (5), Kim Cessna (4)

Assist: Victoria Davis (4), Joyce Ekworomadu (2)

Blocks: Joyce Ekworomadu (1), Aimee Hilbum (1), Victoria Davis (1), Brooke DeGrate (1), Kim Cessna (1)

Steals: Joyce Ekworomadu (2), Victoria Davis (2), Marie Moser (1), Brooke DeGrate (1)

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