The Texas State women’s basketball team has won three straight games and sit in third place in the Sun Belt standings after Thursday’s 78-69 win over Coastal Carolina.
The Bobcats (15-7, 8-3 Sun Belt) jumped out to a 41-22 lead at halftime; the Chanticleers were able to cut Texas State’s lead to as low as six points in the second half.
Before Thursday’s win, the Bobcats had beaten Georgia State last Saturday and Georgia Southern on Jan. 25.
“They scored 30 points in the paint on us in just the third and fourth quarter,” Bobcats coach Zenarae Antoine said. “That’s not something as a coach you are really happy about, but we obviously built up a hefty lead and found a way to sustain it at the end by making good decisions with the basketball and not rushing shots that they were trying to force.”
Three Bobcats scored in double figures, led by junior guard Toshua Leavitt with 26 points on 6-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc. Leavitt leads the nation in made 3-point field goal attempts (234) and makes (106) this season.
Seniors Ti’Aria Pitts (16) and Taeler Deer (15) were the other two double-digit scorers.
The Bobcats will stay home Saturday when they host Appalachian State (6-16, 4-7). Texas State won the first matchup with the Mountaineers 69-54 on Dec. 29.
Men’s basketball on losing skid: After a stunning 56-54 overtime loss to Coastal Carolina on Thursday night, the Bobcats men (14-10, 7-4) have lost two straight games and have dropped to fourth in the Sun Belt.
Last Saturday, the Bobcats lost to Georgia State 54-50, snapping a four-game road conference-winning streak.
Sophomore guard Nijal Pearson led Texas State in scoring in both losses, scoring 12 against Georgia State and 16 against Coastal Carolina. Pearson is the Bobcats’ leading scorer with 14.2 points per game.
Texas State will have a rematch this weekend at home against Appalachian State (9-15, 4-7), on Saturday. The Chanticleers won the first matchup 66-62 on Dec. 29.
Softball honors: The Sun Belt gave seniors Randi Rupp and Ariel Ortiz preseason honors this week. Rupp was named the league’s preseason pitcher of the year, and Ortiz, a shortstop, was named preseason player of the year. Both were also selected to the preseason all-conference team.
It’s the third straight year that Rupp has been named preseason pitcher of the year. In her career, Rupp is 82-38 with 33 shutouts. She also has thrown two no-hitters and a perfect game in her first three seasons.
Ortiz received all-conference honors after hitting 15 home runs, a Texas State single-season record. She also had a .343 batting average and 47 RBIs.
Texas State received six of 10 first-place votes in the preseason coaches poll. The Bobcats start the season at home against Sam Houston State on Feb. 8.