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February 16th, 2008
Cardinals hang tough but fall to Bobcat women

By MICHAEL WRIGHT
Sports Reporter

BEAUMONT – In the battle between the two division leaders, the Texas State (16-8, 10-1) women’s basketball team was up to the challenge. The Bobcats played another solid game and beat Lamar (14-9, 6-4) 69-53 at the Montagne Center Saturday night. The `Cats maintained their 1 game lead over UTSA at the top of the West Division with the win. They now have a five game winning streak going. Lamar also continues to lead the East Division even though they have now dropped their 3rd consecutive game.

Lamar led the game early on by 7 points, 19-12 with 9:05 left until halftime. Texas State took off at that point and turned that deficit into a 10 point lead. Ryann Bradford hit two free throws with 2:44 remaining to give the Bobcats a 34-24 lead to finish off a 22-5 run. The half ended with the `Cats leading 36-28. The Bobcat defense held Lamar to just two field goals over the final 6:30 of the period. The Bobcats finished the half by hitting only 13 of 34 (38.2%) field goals including 3 for 13 (23.1%) from 3 point land. Lamar made 11 of 24 (45.8%) and 4 of 5 (80%) 3-pointers. Texas State outscored Lamar 15-3 on points after turnovers. The Bobcats also got 17 points from their bench players while the Cardinals only got 1 point from their bench. Joyce Ekworomadu led the way for Texas State with 11 points during the first half.

The Texas State lead went up to 11 before falling to 6 points (46-40) at the 16:04 mark. The Bobcats never let it fall below that and finished the game with their largest lead of the game when Ekworomadu hit two free throws with 46 seconds left. The game ended with The Bobcats winning 69-53. Texas State hit 12 of 34 (35.3%) from the field for the 2nd half while the Lady Cardinals hit just 7 of their 23 (30.4%) shots. The `Cats also outscored Lamar in the 2nd half 33-25. The Lady Cardinals entered the game with three of the Southlands top seven scoring leaders. Tamara Abalde, just a freshman, began the game averaging 20.8 points in conference play. She only made 2 of 12 shots from the field and finished with 7 points and 9 rebounds. Brittney Williams (16 points) and Nikki Williams (11 points) are the other leading scorers for Lamar. Ekworomadu, who is the Southland Conferences 3rd leading scorer led everyone with 24 points. Chika Ofoegbu led Texas State with eight rebounds.

The Bobcats close out their home schedule on Thursday, February 21, at 7 p.m. against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (8-15,5-5). Texas State won their earlier contest against the Islanders 73-52. This will be the final home game for Ekworomadu, Marie Moser and Brooke DeGrate.

BOX SCORE

   
1st
2nd
Final
Texas State
36
433
69
Lamar
28
25
53

STAT LEADERS

TEXAS STATE
Scoring: Joyce Ekworomadu (24), Tamarra Evans-Sluga (9), Aimee Hilbum (7), Victoria Davis (7), Chika Ofoegbu (6)
Rebounding: Chika Ofoegbu (8), Joyce Ekworomadu (7), Brittany Wilson (7), Victoria Davis (6), Ashley Cole (4)
Assist: Brooke DeGrate (5), Joyce Ekworomadu (3)
Blocks: Aimee Hilbum (1), Chika Ofoegbu (8)
Steals: Joyce Ekworomadu (3), Hilbum (2), Victoria Davis (2), Brooke DeGrate (2), Ashley Cole (2)

LAMAR
Scoring: Brittany Williams (16), Nikki Williams (11), Emily Spickler (9)
Rebounding: Aida Bakhos (11), Tamara Abalde (9), Nikki Williams (8)
Assist: Aida Bakhos (3), Nikki Williams (2), Tamara Abalde (2)
Blocks: Trashanna Smith (1)
Steals: Nikki Williams (4), Jasmine Stewart (1), Trashanna Smith (1)

Southland Conference West Division Standings
Texas State (10-1)
UTSA (9-1)
UT Arlington (9-2)
SFA (6-5)
A&M CC (5-5)
Sam Houston (0-11)

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