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Texas Tech Beats Texas State Women’s Basketball Team 82-49 In Second Round Of WNIT
Lubbock, Texas – Dominic Seals and Ashlee Roberson combined for 46 points and 23 rebounds to lead Texas Tech to an 82-49 victory over the Texas State women’s basketball team in the second round of the WNIT at the United Spirit Arena Saturday night.Coming into the game just two days after edging Prairie View A&M 84-83 for its first postseason tournament victory as a NCAA Division I school, Texas State shot a season low 22.9 percent after making just 16 of their 70 field goal attempts in the game.
The Bobcats actually held a 3-2 lead in the opening minute of the contest when sophomore guard Victoria Davis made a jumper and hit one of her first two free throws on Texas State’s first two possessions.
Then, the Bobcats went ice cold from the field as they made just one of their next 15 shots before Ashley Cole hit a jumper with 9:23 left in the first half. By then, Texas Tech had opened up a 19-8 lead.
The Red Raiders extended their lead to 39-21 at half time as Texas State finished the opening half making just 7 of their 36 shots for 19.4 percent, including 16.7 percent (2-12) beyond the three point line.
“I was very proud of the way our kids continued to fight in the game,” Texas State head coach Suzanne Fox said. “But, when we shoot the ball as poorly as we did, it is going to be tough for us to stay competitive.”
Texas State did make a short run to try and get back into contention during the opening minutes of the second half. After Texas Tech had extended its lead to 41-23 with 18.42 left to play in the game, the Bobcats outscored the Red Raiders 8-2 in the next four minutes to pull to within 43-31 on Aimee Hilburn’s jump shot in the lane.
But, Seals made one of her two free throws to begin a 8-0 run for Texas Tech. Jordan Murphreee nailed a three-pointer from the left baseline for three of her 11 points in the game. Reserve center Erin Myrick also made a jumper before Seals capped the rally with a lay-up to extend the Red Raiders’ lead back to 51-31. The Bobcats couldn’t get any closer than 18 points the rest of the way.
“We got it down to 12 points in the second half, but we just couldn’t make the shots we normally do,” Fox added. “I told the team that I couldn’t be more proud of them.”
Victoria Davis and Ashley Cole led Texas State with 13 points each, while Southland Conference Player of the Year Joyce Ekworomadu was held to 10 points after making just three of her 18 shots from the field. Aimee Hilburn and Brooke DeGrate scored four points each, while Kim Cessna scored three points and Marie Moser added two points after playing just 22 minutes because of foul trouble.
Texas State closes out its regular season with a 21-11 overall record and automatically qualified for the WNIT after winning the Southland Conference regular season championship. The Bobcats also are the first Southland Conference team to win a WNIT postseason tournament game since 1995.Email | Print