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February 24th, 2008
Bobcat women again up to the challenge

By MICHAEL WRIGHT
Sports Reporter

Ekworomadu’s 23 points help Texas State hold onto first in SLC

SAN ANTONIO – It was another battle for 1st place and once again, the Texas State (18-8, 12-1) women’s basketball team showed that they were champions. The Bobcats took a 1 ½ game lead in the standings by beating the UTSA Roadrunners (18-7, 10-2) 85-79, Saturday afternoon at the Convocation Center. This was another great game in the I-35 Maroon vs. Orange Rivalry Series presented by IBC Bank. The Bobcats have now won six games in a row since losing to UTSA 81-68 at home earlier in the year. The loss was Texas States only conference loss and the only one suffered at Strahan Coliseum this year. The win also snapped UTSA’s 10 game winning streak.

Texas State missed their first seven shots of the game and UTSA started out the gates quickly and jumped out to an 8-0 lead just 3 minutes in. The Bobcats then hit 8 of their next 11 shots to take their first lead. Joyce Ekworomadu hit a layup to go ahead 20-19 with 9:09 remaining until half. Ekworomadu eventually extended the Bobcat lead to 12 points (41-29) with 2:10 left when she made 2 free throws. The Roadrunners followed her free throws with a 11-2 run to bring the score to 43-40 with only 57 seconds left. Tamarra Evans-Sluga hit a 3 pointer with 22 seconds left and that finished up the scoring for the half with the Bobcats leading 46-40. The lead had changed hands five times during the half. The `Cats bench played a huge role by outscoring the Roadrunners 22-5. Ekworomadu (12 pts on 5 of 10 shooting) and Brooke DeGrate (10 pts on 4 of 5 shooting, 3 steals) let the team in scoring. Chika Ofoegbu was the team leader in rebounds with nine.

The Bobcat lead reached 9 points (54-45) a the 15:41 mark of the 2nd half when Marie Moser hit both of her free throws. Just like earlier, the Roadrunners made a run and took a 56-54 lead after a 12-0 run. Texas State worked their lead back up to eight (73-65) when Aimee Hilburn hit the 2nd of her two free throws with 3:31 left in the game. Once again, UTSA would not fall and made it a two point game (75-73) with 2:08 remaining. The `Cats hit their last six free throws of the game to seal the victory after the Roadrunners made the score 79-75 with 24 seconds to go. Ekworomadu again led the team in scoring the 2nd half with 11 points. Hilburn led the team in rebounds for the half with nine.

Ekworomadu, the league leader in scoring (17.8 ppg) finished with 23 points while DeGrate added 14 points, three steals and two blocks. Kim Cessna ended up with 13 points and Ashley Cole contributed 11. Hilburn had a game high 11 rebounds while Ofoegbu set a season high with 10 rebounds. Ekworomadu now has 1444 career points which places her 7th all-time in Texas State history.

The Bobcats will continue their season ending four game road trip at Stephen F. Austin on Thursday, February 28 at 7 p.m.

BOX SCORE

   
1st
2nd
Final
Texas State
46
39
85
UTSA
40
39
79

STAT LEADERS

TEXAS STATE
Scoring: Joyce Ekworomadu (23), Brooke DeGrate (14), Kim Cessna (13), Ashley Cole (11),
Rebounding: Aimee Hilburn (11), Chika Ofoegbu (10), Joyce Ekworomadu (7), Brooke DeGrate (6)
Assist: Joyce Ekworomadu (2), Aimee Hilburn (2), Ashley Cole (2), Victoria Davis (1), Brooke DeGrate (1)
Blocks: Brooke DeGrate (2)
Steals: Brooke DeGrate (3)

UTSA
Scoring: Onika Anderson (23), Monica Gibbs (18), Terrie Davis (13)
Rebounding: Onika Anderson (7), Whitney York (7), Terrie Davis (4)
Assist: Monica Gibbs (5), Whitney York (4)
Steals: Terrie Davis (3), Whitney York (3), Onika Anderson (7)

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