The Texas State women’s basketball team brings a 2-4 record and one tournament championship to Strahan Coliseum tonight as it plays its home opener against Paul Quinn (5:30 p.m.).
The game will be part of a basketball double header. Following the women’s game, the Texas State men’s team will play Southwest Assemblies of God, starting at approximately 7 p.m.
The Texas State women’s team is coming off two losses last weekend in the Texas-El Paso Thanksgiving Tournament. The Bobcats lost to Utah State, 50-47, on Nov. 28, then fell to Texas-El Paso, 85-74, on Nov. 29.
Began their season with two losses on a swing through Iowa, losing at Drake, 72-54, on Nov. 14, then at Iowa, 87-45 on Nov. 16.
Following that trip, the Bobcats went to New York and won the Tyler Ugolyn Columbia Classic with two victories. The Bobcats defeated Navy, 77-58, on Nov. 21, then beat Long Island, 63-61, the next day.
Three Texas State players are averaging double figures in scoring. Victoria Davis, a 5-foot-6 junior guard, leads the way at 12.3 points per game. Kim Cessna, a 6-2 senior center, averages 11.5 points and 5-9 senior guard Ashley Cole averages 11.3 points.
The Bobcats are making 38.1 percent of their field goal attempts (137 for 360). Playing mostly against higher level competition, the Bobcats are holding their own on the boards, making an average of 36.2 rebounds as opponents make 38.3 rebounds per game. Texas State also is about even with opponents in turnovers, making 102 in their first six games, while opponents have made 95 turnovers.
Southland Conference coaches and sports information directors picked Texas State to finish second in the West Division this year, behind Texas-San Antonio. Cole was named to the league’s preseason second team. Both groups chose Stephen F. Austin to win the East Division.
Last year, Texas state finished 21-11 overall and 14-2 in the league to win its first regular season conference title in school history. The Bobcats won the first postseason game by a Southland Conference team since 1995 with an 84-83 victory against Prairie View A&M in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT).