Gabriell Mattox felt right at home in her first game at Strahan Coliseum leading the team with a career-high 16 points to aid in a crushing 96-60 home opening win over Paul Quinn College Wednesday night.
The Bobcats improve to 3-4 with the win while the Lady Tigers drop their fifth game of the season, falling to 1-5 overall.
Paul Quinn’s Ashley Williams initiated scoring with a jumper at the 19:15 mark and baskets were traded until the Lady Tigers took a 5-3 lead three minutes in. The small lead was cut short with fury as Texas State hauled in 11 unanswered points before the visiting foe could score again.
A jumper from the Lady Tiger separated the Bobcats thrash, and with a 14-8 lead, nearly every Bobcat that touched the floor chipped in a basket to take Texas State on an 18-4 push over the next nine minutes of action.
With less than a minute remaining, Texas State held a commanding 26-point lead. Junior Megan Homan knocked away a jumper from Deveney Guillory and sank three straight free throws to raise the tally to 29. A last second three-pointer from Bree Dawson closed out scoring for Texas State in the first stanza, heading into halftime with a 51-19 edge.
Homan and Aimee Hilburn led Texas State at the half with eight points each.
The second half played out much like the first with Paul Quinn jumping on the board early, but Mattox and senior Ashley Cole led the team with 11 and eight points, respectively in the final half to take the season-best lead.
Mattox was perfect on the court in the second half, going 4-for-4 from the field and draining one from beyond the arc along with a pair of free throws. At the 7:08 mark, Mattox laid in four quick points off fast break dishes from Kelsey Krupa and Mallory Williams to give the ‘Cats their largest leads of the night, raising the score to 91-52.
Guillory tried to pull the Lady Tigers out of the pit, posting all ten of her points in the final half, but the feat proved too much.
Texas State finished shooting 49.3 percent from the field over Paul Quinn’s 36.7 percent effort.
Cole and Brittany Wilson joined Mattox in double figures, closing out the game with 14 and 12 points, respectively and all but two Bobcats contributed to the 36-point defeat.
Chika Ofoegbu brought down a game-high eight rebounds, while Texas State tacked on a 51-28 margin on the boards against Paul Quinn.
Ashley Williams led all scorers with 19 points and Hannah DeBose, along with Guillory finished in double figures for the Lady Tigers, adding 11 points for the night.
Texas State’s next appearance on the court will be December 9 when they play host to Huston-Tillotson. The team will be working with San Marcos ISD and inviting over 1500 students to the game in conjunction with its Get Fit with Boko program. Tip is slated for 12 p.m.
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Texas State University – San Marcos