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March 6th, 2009
Bobcats need win for tourney berth

STAFF REPORT

The Texas State women’s basketball team enters its season finale against Sam Houston State at Strahan Coliseum Saturday (2 p.m.) needing a win to clinch a spot in the Southland Conference Tournament.

At 6-9 in the Southland Conference, the Bobcats are tied for eighth place with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. However, the Bobcats hold the tiebreaker by virtue of two wins against Corpus this year.

Sam Houston State lurks right behind the Bobcats and Corpus at 5-10. If Sam Houston beats the Bobcats and Corpus loses at home against Texas-Arlington Saturday, the three teams would finish in a three-way tie for eight at 6-10. McNeese State could join that tie with a win at home against Central Arkansas.

Except for their victory against McNeese State and their two wins against Corpus, the tiebreakers don’t look promising for the Bobcats, who would have lost twice to Sam Houston and finished 2-8 in the West Division.

Texas State, 12-15 overall, would have clinched a playoff spot with a win Wednesday night at Texas-San Antonio (UTSA). However, the Roadrunners (13-2 Southland, 20-8 overall) are one of the superior teams in the league, and they worked their home court for an 80-70 victory.

The Bobcats made only 27 of their 70 shots (38.6 percent). More to the point, UTSA dominated at the free-throw line. The Roadrunners made 24 of 34 free throws, compared with 12 of 19 for Texas State.

UTSA built a 35-25 halftime lead and never led by fewer than eight points in the second half.

UTSA’s Monica Gibbs led all scorers with 29 points after making 17 of 24 free throws. Aimee Hilburn scored a career high 25 for the Bobcats, while her teammates Gabriell Mattox and Kim Cessna scored 18 and 17 points, respectively.

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