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January 25th, 2009
Bobcats can't finish climb in loss at Lamar


Climbing uphill for most of the game, the Texas State women’s basketball team couldn’t reach the top Saturday, falling short in a 64-61 loss at Lamar.

The Bobcats fell behind, 35-20, at halftime, but rallied and cut that deficit to 62-61 when Gabriell Mattox scored with 23 seconds remaining. The Bobcats couldn’t add any more points, though, as Victoria Davis missed a three-pointer with time expiring.

Texas State intensified its rally in the final five minutes of the game. An old-fashioned three-point play by Chika Ofoegbu brought the Bobcats within 58-50 with 4:15 left. Then, Davis made two free throws, a jumper and a lay up to bring them within 60-56 with 3:01 left.

Davis played all 40 minutes for Texas State, scoring 12 points. Mattox played 39 minutes with 13 points and five rebounds. Between them, Mattox and Davis were nine-for-28 from the floor between them.

The Bobcats fell behind by shooting only 33.3 percent (nine for 27) from the floor in the first half. They finished the game shooting 36.2 percent (21 for 58).

Lamar shot an even 50 percent (23 for 46) in this game, including 11 for 21 from three-point range. Darika Hill led Lamar with 18 points.

Texas State led in points in the paint, 26-14, and points off turnovers, 19-13. But the Bobcats couldn’t overcome Lamar’s accurate three-point shooting, nor their own inaccurate three-point shooting. Texas State finished at only 22.2 percent (four for 18) from beyond the arc.

The Bobcats fell to 8-9 overall and 2-3 in the Southland Conference. Lamar improved to 13-5 overall and 4-1 in the league.

Texas State next plays Texas-San Antonio Wednesday night at Strahan Coliseum (7 p.m.).

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