San Marcos Mercury | Local News from San Marcos and Hays County, Texas

January 17th, 2009
Bobcats beat UCA in women's basketball

STAFF REPORT

Taking care of its business, the Texas State women’s basketball team walked off the Strahan Coliseum floor Saturday afternoon with a 75-61 win against Central Arkansas.

The Bobcats over-matched Central Arkansas, jumping to a 46-28 lead at halftime and keeping the visitors at arm’s length. Central Arkansas never cut the lead to fewer than 12 points.

The win moved Texas State to 2-1 in the Southland Conference and 8-7 overall. Central Arkansas fell to 4-12 and 0-3.

Texas State shot 50 percent in the first half (17 of 34), compared with Central Arkansas’ 37.5-percent performance (12 of 32). Although the Bobcats lost their shooting touch in the second half, when they shot 24.1 percent (seven of 29), Central Arkansas couldn’t catch up. The Bobcats finished with 38.1 percent shooting (24 of 63), compared with 40.7 percent for Central Arkansas (24 of 59).

Most of the final margin can be found on the free throw line, where Texas State made 21 of 28 (75 percent), and Central Arkansas made eight of 18 (44.4 percent). Texas State dominated the boards, finishing with a 47-32 rebounding advantage. The Bobcats especially tore up their offensive board and almost came up evenly, recovering 19 of their 40 missed shots.

Gabriell Mattox led Texas State with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Kelsey Krupa added 14 points, while Victoria Davis chipped in with 11. Nakeia Guiden led UCA with 19 points and Destinee Rogers added 11 more.

The Bobcats will go to Sam Houston State Wednesday night. The tip is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

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