Ashley Ezeh returned to action for Texas State Saturday, scoring 13 points at Texas-San Antonio. But the Bobcats lost, 74-65 (Texas State sports information photo).
Unlike Texas State’s old days of the Southland Conference, there’s no question about having to qualify for the league basketball tournament in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC).
There is however, the matter of peaking as the tournament approaches, which becomes the mission now for both Bobcat teams.
It stands to be a tough task, particularly for the women’s team, which lost, 74-65, at Texas-San Antonio (UTSA) last Saturday and now has four league games remaining, three of them against the top three teams in the league. On the plus side the the Bobcats, Ashley Ezeh made her first appearance in more than a month, scoring 13 points.
But the Bobcats were unable to protect a 40-33 halftime lead. After shooting 77.3 percent (17 for 22) in the first half, Texas State made only 31.6 percent (six of 19) in the second half. After holding a 17-point lead with 2:16 left in the first half, the Bobcats trailed by 16 with 2:48 left in the second half. UTSA turned the game around with a 28-6 run right off the intermission, going ahead, 61-46.
Texas State now is 9-15 overall and 3-11 in the WAC. UTSA is 14-11 and 8-6.
Diamond Ford led Texas State and all scorers with 20 points. Simone Young and Whitney Wright each scored 14 for UTSA.
The Bobcats now face a daunting stretch of games after a non-league tilt at Houston Baptist on Wednesday night. From there, Texas State plays at first-place Seattle (12-3, 15-9), and at third-place Idaho (12-14, 9-6) before returning home against second-place Utah State (14-11, 11-3).
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