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February 3rd, 2008
Bobcat women break scoring record against Sam Houston State

By MICHAEL WRIGHT
Sports Reporter

SAN MARCOS – Every player on the team scored and the Texas State (13-8, 7-1) woman’s basketball team broke their record for the most points ever scored in a Southland Conference game with a 99-60 victory over Sam Houston State (1-19, 0-7 SLC) on Saturday afternoon at Strahan Coliseum. The game was the first of a double header against Sam Houston State University as the Bobcat men’s team played the later game. The Bobcat coaching staff also participated in the Suits and Sneakers campaign as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer program that helps raise awareness about cancer.

The Bobcats jumped out to an early lead as Aimee Hilburn and Marie Moser scored the teams first 10 points for a 10-2 lead with 17:09 left in the half. Hilburn and Moser also combined for 7 rebounds during that stretch. Sam Houston fought back and narrowed the gap to 5 points (20-15) at the 11:44 mark. At that point, Texas State went on a 10-1 run to make the score 30-16 with 8:57 remaining. They never looked back after that and led by 22 at half time, 46-24. The Bobcat defense held the Bearcats to 10 of 28 (35.7%) shooting from the field and 1 of 9 (11.1%) from 3 point land for the half. On the offensive side, the `Cats made 16 of 35 (45.7%) shots and were 12 of 14 (85.7%) from the free throw line.

The Bobcat lead never fell below 21 points in the 2nd half and it got to as high as 43 (99-56) with 2:51 remaining in the game. Texas State had a chance to hit the 100 point mark as Mallory Williams hit a 3-pointer to make the score 98-56 at the 3:30 mark. Victoria Davis made 1 of her 2 free throws to reach 99 but the Bobcats missed 3 shots and had 3 turnovers in the final few minutes while running out the clock. Four Bobcats scored in double figures. Joyce Ekworomadu, the league leader in scoring (16.8 ppg) scored a game high 20 points (13 in the 2nd half). Moser scored a career high 13 points and also led the team with 8 rebounds. Ashley Cole (15 pts) and Brooke DeGrate (10 pts) were the other two players scoring in double digits. Hilburn who is the team leader in rebounds (5.5 rpg) finished the night with 6 rebounds and 9 points. The Bobcats made over 50% of their shots for the 2nd time this season as they made 35 of 69 (50.7%) shots for the game.

Texas State took the lead in the all time series against Sam Houston with the win. The Bobcats now have a 35-34 lifetime record against the Bearcats and have now won the last nine meetings between the teams. Sam Houston State’s last win against the Bobcats was almost six years ago.

Texas State continues its five-game home stand next Saturday when Texas-Arlington comes to town to fight for 1st place in the Southland Conference West Division.

Southland Conference West Division Standings

Texas Sate (7-1)
UT Arlington (7-1)
UTSA (5-1)
Texas A&M CC (3-3)
SFA (3-4)
Sam Houston State (0-7)

BOX SCORE

   
1st
2nd
Final
Sam Houston State
24
36
60
Texas State
46
53
99

STAT LEADERS

SAM HOUSTON
Scoring: Whitney Smith (12), Ausha Hartley (11), Lyndia Gonzales (10)
Rebounding: Whitney Smith (9), Deltrice Daniel (4), LaToya Bennett (4)
Assist: Brittany Brooks (5), Whitney Smith (4), Leasa Ailshie (3)
Blocks: Lyndia Gonzales (1), Deltrice Daniel (1)
Steals: Brittany Brooks (2), Shlundria Texada (2)

TEXAS STATE
Scoring: Joyce Ekworomadu (20), Ashley Cole (15), Marie Moser (13), Brooke DeGrate (10), Aimee Hilburn (9)
Rebounding: Marie Moser (8), Chika Ofoegbu (8), Aimee Hilburn (6), Ashley Cole (5), Victoria Davis (4)
Assist: Victoria Davis (6), Ryann Bradford (4), Joyce Ekworomadu (3), Brooke DeGrate (2)
Blocks: Brooke DeGrate (2), Shandryn Trumble (1)
Steals: Joyce Ekworomadu (2), Chika Ofoegbu (2)

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