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February 12th, 2009
Both Bobcats buckets teams close to playoff places

STAFF REPORT

The Texas State women’s basketball team won for the second straight game Wednesday night, putting itself back into the Southland Conference playoff picture.

The Bobcats’ 66-62 win at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi improved their record to 4-6 in the league and 10-12 overall, while Corpus fell to 4-5 and 9-13.

Corpus is in a tie with Sam Houston for seventh place in the league, while Texas State is one-half game back in ninth place. The Southland Conference invites the top eight teams to its postseason tournament.

The Texas State men’s team also is one-half game out of tournament position after a 70-59 loss to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Wednesday night at Strahan Coliseum. The Bobcats now are 3-7 in the league and 10-13 overall, while Corpus leads the league at 8-1 to go with its 14-10 overall mark.

The Bobcats are tenth in the league standings, just off a three-way tie for seventh between McNeese State, Southeastern Louisiana and Lamar, which all are 3-6 in the league.

The Texas State women played two different second halves after their game went to intermission in a 34-34 tie.

Corpus dominated the first six minutes of the second half and held a 54-40 lead before Gabriell Mattox made a lay-up for Texas State to bring her team within 54-42 with 13:19 left.

The Bobcats proceeded to tie the game, 58-58, on Mattox’s lay-up with 6:01 remaining, then Mattox made a three-pointer, putting them into a 61-58 lead with 4:36 left.

Corpus regained the lead at 62-61 with 2:01 left on a lay-up by Lauren Smith, but the Bobcats scored the last five points, clinching the game with Kim Cessna’s jumper with 10 seconds left to make it 66-62.

Victoria Davis led Texas State with 26 points, while Mattox added 13. Jade Davis led Corpus with 24 points.

The Texas State men held tight in their against the Islanders, battling to a 49-48 lead with 9:35 left in the game. The Bobcats still held to a 53-53 tie with 6:00 minutes left.

But the Bobcats didn’t score another field goal for the next 5:29, during which the Islanders captured the game with a 16-6 run.

Cameron Johnson and Brandon Bush each scored 19 points to lead the Bobcats. Shamar Coombs led Corpus with 19 points, followed by Kevin Palmer with 15.

The Texas State men’s team next plays Saturday night at Lamar, while the women’s team plays Lamar at Strahan Coliseum (2 p.m.).

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