The two Texas State basketball teams are on a combined losing streak of eight games entering action Saturday, each is presently out of position for inclusion in the Southland Conference Tournament and the specter of an early finish haunts Strahan Coliseum.
The women’s team will try again Saturday at Strahan Coliseum against Texas-Arlington (2 p.m.), the league’s hottest team. The Mavericks have won three straight, matching Texas State’s losing streak.
Texas State lost the league opener at UTA, 67-53 on Jan. 10. The Bobcats now are 8-10 overall and 2-4 in the Southland Conference. But they also are 6-1 at Strahan Coliseum, even after a 56-52 loss there to Texas-San Antonio Wednesday night.
Senior center Kim Cessna leads the Bobcats with 10.2 points per game, while junior forward Gabriell Mattox leads the team with 5.6 rebounds per game.
The Mavericks are tied for the league lead with UTSA and Northwestern State, all at 4-1. UTA is 10-8 overall.
Texas State’s 2-4 league record ties it with Central Arkansas at second from the bottom. Nicholls State is last place at 0-6. The Bobcats are one-half game out of the top eight, which go to the conference tournament. Next up the list are McNeese State and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, which are both 2-3.
The men’s team will try to break its five-game losing streak today at UTA (4 p.m.). The Bobcats beat UTA, 87-76, at Strahan Coliseum on Jan. 10 in the league opener. But they haven’t won a Southland Conference game since.
Texas State has lost all seven of its road games this season, including three within the league. UTA is 5-0 at home.
Senior guard Brent Benson leads the Bobcats in scoring with 15.6 points per game. Senior swingman Brandon Bush is second in scoring with 14.3 points per game and first in rebounding with a 6.8 average.
UTA’s Anthony Vereen is third in the Southland Conference with 16.7 points per game, while teammate Marquez Haynes is fourth with 16.4 points per game.
The Bobcats are 8-11 overall and 1-5 within the Southland Conference. UTA is 3-2 in the league and 10-8 overall.