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Ayriel Anderson scored three important points down the stretch as Texas State claimed its first women’s basketball win in the Western Athletic Conference win Saturday at Texas-Arlington (Texas State sports information image).

STAFF REPORT

A strong defensive effort carried the Texas State women’s basketball team to its first Western Athletic Conference (WAC) victory Saturday.

The Bobcats held Texas-Arlington (UTA) to 32.4 percent shooting (22 of 68) for a 63-57 win on the road.

The Bobcats now are 1-5 in the WAC and 7-9 overall. Their next game is Saturday at Strahan Coliseum against Texas-San Antonio (UTSA) at 2 p.m.

The Bobcats established a solid lead late in the first half and took a 28-20 advantage to halftime. UTA made only seven of 27 field goal attempts (25.9 percent) in the first half.

Texas State maintained a lead of about ten points for the first ten minutes of the second half. A three-pointer by Malaika Green brought UTA within 46-42 with 7:56 left and the Bobcats played the rest of the game with leads between four and six points.

Green made another three to bring the Mavericks within 55-51 with two minutes remaining. But Texas State’s Ayriel Anderson made a layup and a free throw on the Bobcats’ next two possessions and they were back to a 58-51 lead with 46 seconds remaining.

Ford topped the Bobcats and all scorers with 18 points. Erin Peoples added 14 points and 11 rebounds for Texas State. Green led UTA with 17 points.

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