Gabriell Mattox, Aimee Hilburn and Kim Cessna each finished in double figures and fell just one rebound shy of posting double-doubles, as the Texas State Bobcats overcame poor second-half shooting to beat the Concordia (Texas) Tornadoes 68-58 in overtime Sunday afternoon at Strahan Coliseum.Texas State maintains its unbeaten streak at home (3-0) and improves to 5-5 on the season. Concordia falls to 3-3.
The Bobcats fell behind early in the game with a three-point shot from Whitney Clancy to open scoring at the 18:58 mark. Hilburn countered with a jumper and Davis and Mattox teamed up on the next possession for a give-and-go steal and layup to give the Bobcats a 4-3 lead.
Concordia dropped in a free throw at 15:44 and the two teams exchanged baskets over the next nine minutes of action. Leading by one points, 15-14, at the 7:04 mark, Britney Wilson initiated an 11-1 Bobcat run by draining the shot from beyond the arc to give the ‘Cats a lift. Freshman Lacey Klause chipped in all six of her points during the four minutes of action, dropping four in the paint and two free shots.
At 3:09, Texas State held its largest lead of the game, 26-15, and the gap tightened with a three-pointer from Kassandra Bills to put Concordia back on the map.
The Tornadoes brought the game within six, 28-22, at the 1:45 mark, but the Bobcats managed to hold off the neighboring foe 31-24 leading into the half.
After shooting a perfect 7-for-7 from the stripe in the first half, Texas State struggled in the second stanza, connecting on just 3-of-11 attempts. Concordia took advantage of their time spent on the line, going 12-for-14, to aid the 30-point second half.
Six minutes into the second half, Concordia had trimmed the seven-point lead to one, thanks to a layup from Kerrie Carter. The pair of points, plus 6-of-8 from the stripe from the forward, set the Tornadoes up for the potential win.
Concordia never let Texas State out if its reach for the remainder of the half, tying the score seven times. With 2:21 on the clock, Mattox broke open a 52 all score with a jumper in the paint, but a foul by Hilburn put the Tornadoes on the line. Bills sank both free shots with just over a minute remaining for a 54-54 game.
However, Bills capitalized on a Bobcat turnover, but Kim Cessna snatched away the ball for the steal and passed off to Mattox who drew the foul.
On the line with just 20 seconds remaining, Mattox missed the pair of game-winning free throws and the teams broke for overtime.
The Bobcats cleaned up the show in the final five minutes, outscoring the Tornadoes 14-4 to take its third-straight win at Strahan Coliseum.
Mattox led the offense with 15 points, with Hilburn and Cessna following with 11 and 10 points, respectively. All three finished with nine rebounds, just shy of the double-double.
Bills and Carter both recorded double-doubles in the decision. Bills led all scorers with 18 points, while Carter registered 15 and both guards brought down 12 boards in the effort.
Texas State outrebounded Concordia 49-42 and outscored the foe in the paint, 28-18.
The Bobcats will close out non-conference action at home Dec. 30 when they play host to Texas-Dallas at 5:30 p.m.
by Amber Arterberry
Texas State Athletics