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February 14th, 2008
Bobcats lasso Cowgirls in 99-50 blowout

By CHRIS DOELLE
Sports Editor

SAN MARCOS – The Texas State women’s basketball team took on McNeese State Thursday night in front of the home crowd at Strahan Stadium and came away with a convincing 99-50 victory. The fans were dressed in pink and players on both teams wore pink shoelaces as a show of support for breast cancer awareness in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s (WBCA) “Think Pink” initiative.

From the opening tip, the Bobcats outplayed the Cowgirls en route to a 13-0 start. McNeese State finally got on the board at the 14:50 mark of the first half. With 12:28 remaining in the first half, the score was 22-2 and the chants of “turn out the lights” could be heard from the stands as leading scorer Joyce Ekworomadu was already resting on the bench with 11 points. As late as 5:50 remaining in the half, McNeese State was still in single-digit scoring, down 42-7. The 35 point lead was stretched to 48 points (62-14) by halftime. School records were already falling by the midpoint as the ‘Cats tied a new record for points in a half of play and were on their way to setting a record for three-pointers in a game (11 at the half). Joyce Ekworomadu continued to lead the way in scoring with 17 in the first 20 minutes of play. Tamarra Evans-Slugga was right behind with 14 points. Both women hit four three pointers each before the break.

Just seconds into the final half, Texas State extended the lead to 50 points before letting up. McNeese State clawed back to within 35 by the 7:07 mark, but this was a hill they knew was too tough to climb. With 10:09 remaining in the game, the exuberance of an easy victory turned to fear as Victoria Davis hit the floor hard and went to the sideline for the remainder of the game. In the end, the scare was unfounded as Davis appeared to be fine and backups received much-needed playing time. The final seconds of the game saw the Cowgirls slowing down the pace in an effort to keep the Bobcats under 100. It was the only success for McNeese State as the game ended 99-50.

Texas State ended the game hitting a team record 14 three pointers, with Tamarra Evans-Sugga turning in 5 of her 7 attempts from beyond the arc and scoring a season-high 17. The Bobcats also outrebounded McNeese State 49-16.

Next up, the Bobcats travel to Beaumont, Texas to take on the Lamar Cardinals on February 16th at 2PM.

BOX SCORE

   
1st
2nd
Final
McNeese State
14
36
50
Texas State
62
37
99

STATISTICAL LEADERS

McNeese State
Scoring: Brittany Boone (10)
Rebounding: many (3)
Blocks: Conceita Cutrer (1)
Assists: Courtnee Hollins (4)
Steals: many (1)

Texas State
Scoring: Joyce Ekworomadu (19)
Rebounding: Joyce Ekworomadu (8)
Blocks: Brooke DeGrate (2)
Assists: Brooke DeGrate (6)
Steals: Aimee Hilburn (3)

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