The Texas State women’s basketball team is succeeding quickly in the Sun Belt Conference. But the Bobcats do need to find that way of putting together two good games back-to-back.
The Bobcats opened the league schedule at Strahan Coliseum, defeating Arkansas-Little Rock (UALR), the coaches’ favorite to capture the title. Following that came a disappointing game against Arkansas State, during which the Bobcats held a 51-43 lead before the visitors stomped them, 32-6 over the next 11:05. The Bobcats lost, 87-71.
On Jan. 8, the Bobcats went on the road in the Sun Belt for the first time, venturing to Louisiana-Lafayette (ULL). The Bobcats went ahead and stayed ahead, posting a 65-53 win. But the Bobcats then fell at Louisiana-Monroe (ULM), 78-52, on Jan. 11. Once again, the Bobcats followed a big win by not even staying close in their next game.
The Bobcats returned home to Strahan Coliseum Wednesday night against Texas-Arlington (UTA), an old Southland Conference foe raised to the Sun Belt. But UTA doesn’t have much happening this year and the Bobcats eased to a 68-60 win. The Bobcats balanced out their scoring, led by 16 from Meghan Braeuer, followed by 11 from Martin and Ezeh, nine by Kaitlin Walla and eight by Erin Peoples.
Texas State is 6-10 overall and 3-2 in the league. The Bobcats knocked out their first home and road wins on their first try. But they haven’t yet been able to win two straight in the league.
The Sun Belt Conference schedule doesn’t proceed in straight round robin order, so the Bobcats will have a quick reunion with UALR coming up on Jan. 22 in Little Rock (7 p.m.). Doubtless, UALR is remembering its dismal 42-35 loss on Jan. 2 in San Marcos to open the league season.
In the early positioning, Arkansas State leads the Sun Belt at 4-1, but five other teams are within a game. They would be Western Kentucky (3-1), ULL (3-1), ULM (2-1), UALR (3-2) and Texas State (3-2).
COVER: Texas State center Kileah Mays, a sophomore from Dallas. TEXAS STATE PHOTO