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January 12th, 2009
Free throw inequity drops Bobcats in league women's basketball opener


Poor shooting and a decided disadvantage at the free throw line doomed the Texas State women’s basketball team to a 67-53 loss at Texas-Arlington Saturday in the Southland Conference opener for both teams.

The Bobcats made only eight of their 26 field goal attempts in the first half (30.8 percent) as the Mavericks took a 32-23 halftime lead. The Mavericks soon built their cushion to 43-25 and Texas State could never cut the deficit to fewer than nine points.

Neither team shot at all well. While the Bobcats finished with 31.8 percent shooting (21 of 66), UTA was barely better at 19 of 54 (35.2 percent). However, the Mavericks made 26 of 37 free throws, while Texas State went to the line only 12 times, hitting 10.

The game also exhibited ineffective three-point shooting. UTA made only three of 20 from beyond the arc (15 percent), while Texas State made only one of 13 (7.7 percent).

No Texas State starter ended the game scoring in double figures. Chika Ofoegbu came off the bench to score 10 points in 19 minutes. Aimee Hillburn turned in the most solid stat line among the starters, scoring nine points and leading Texas State with 10 rebounds, though she also made five turnovers.

Candice Champion of UTA led all scorers with 18 points, followed by teammate Tamara Simmons with 16. UTA’s Erin Dixon led all players with 16 rebounds.

The Bobcats, 6-7 overall and 0-1 in the league, play their Southland Conference home opener Wednesday (7 p.m.) against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Strahan Coliseum. UTA improved to 7-7 and 1-0.

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