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March 2nd, 2008
Bobcat Women earn championship

Sports Reporter

HUNTSVILLE — The Texas State (20-8, 14-1) women’s basketball team are the Southland Conference regular season champions. Ashley Cole who had a career high 24 points off the bench in last Thursdays game had another career high with 28 points to lead the team to a 70-54 victory over Sam Houston State (1-26, 0-14) Saturday. The Bobcats reached the 20 win mark for the first time in head coach Suzanne Fox‘s eleven years at Texas State. The ‘Cats are now on a nine game winning streak which includes a 99-60 home victory over Sam Houston.

The first half was surprisingly close with Texas State only leading 33-30 at the break. The Bobcats jumped to an early 10-2 lead after Joyce Ekworomadu drained a 3-pointer only 2:16 into the game. Sam Houston played their way back into the game and tied the game at 20 with 9:08 remaining in the half. The score was last tied at 25 at the 5:07 mark and then the Bobcats took the lead and led by three at half 33-30. Neither team shot very well in the half with Texas State making 13 of 36 (36.1%) and Sam Houston making 11 of 29 (37.9%). Texas State had a big lead in point off of turnovers by outscoring the Bearkats 15-4.

Sam Houston quickly tied the game with a trey as the 2nd half started. The game stayed close and the game was tied for the 9th time at 46 all with 10:53 remaining in the game. The ‘Cats then made their championship run and outscored Sam Houston State 24-8 for the rest of the game to win 70-54. Texas State took over in the paint for the 2nd half and outscored the Bearkats 18-6. Ekworomadu finished with 21 points and Brooke DeGrate had 7 steals to join Cole as the team leaders.

Texas State closes out its regular season March 8 at Texas-Arlington.


Texas State
Sam Houston State



Scoring: Ashley Cole (28), Joyce Ekworomadu (21), Victoria Davis (6), Aimee Hilburn (6), Marie Moser (5)
Rebounding: Joyce Ekworomadu (8), Aimee Hilburn (7), Ashley Cole (7), Marie Moser (6)
Assist: Brooke DeGrate (4), Joyce Ekworomadu (4), Victoria Davis (3), Ashley Cole (3)
Blocks: Brittany Wilson (1)
Steals: Brooke DeGrate (7), Aimee Hilburn (3)


Scoring: Lyndia Gonzales (17), Brittany Brooks (11), Deltrice Daniel (9)
Rebounding: Lyndia Gonzales (12), Whitney Smith (9), Ausha Hartley (6)
Assist: Leasa Ailshie (4), Ausha Hartley (3)
Blocks: Whitney Smith (1), Brittany Brooks (1)
Steals: Whitney Smith (2), Ausha Hartley (1), Britney Harris (1)

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