Coming back from a tough stretch on the road – and aren’t they all? – the Texas State women’s basketball team will attempt to climb in the Southland Conference at Strahan Coliseum this week, starting with a Wednesday night game against Texas-San Antonio (7 p.m.).
Meanwhile, the men’s team goes to UTSA (7 p.m.), hoping to fight their way out of the conference cellar.
The Texas State women’s team has played 50 times against UTSA, winning 29 of them. A win tonight would be particularly meaningful under the circumstances. The Bobcats are 2-3 in the league, placing them in a four-way tie for seventh place. The conference tournament takes the top eight teams.
Texas State is tied in the league with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Southeastern Louisiana and Central Arkansas. Sam Houston State is barely ahead of that group at 2-2.
The Bobcats are 8-9 overall, 8-1 at home and 0-8 on the road. They lost at Lamar last Saturday, 64-61.
Leading the attack for Texas State is sophomore Gabriell Mattox, who ranks fifth in the league with a 15.2 points scoring average within the Southland Conference.
UTSA has the league’s best scoring defense, allowing 55.5 points per game. The Roadrunners are 10-7 overall and 3-1 in the league.
The Texas State men’s team is running head-on into UTSA forward Travis Gabbidon, the Southland Conference player of the week for the second time this year after averaging 24.0 points and 10.5 rebounds last week against Texas-Pan American and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
UTSA is 11-6 overall and 2-2 in the league. The Bobcats are 8-10 overall and 1-4 in the league after suffering their fourth straight loss Saturday, 71-65 to Lamar at Strahan Coliseum. They are tied for last place in the loss column with Northwestern State, which is 0-4.
The Bobcats’ four-game losing streak comes on the heels of a five-game winning streak, which came right after a three-game losing streak.