SAN MARCOS – Against IH-35 rival UTSA on Tuesday night, the Texas State Bobcats shot the ball from 3-point range as well as they ever have in their school’s history.
Once the Bobcats found their rhythm from deep, their offense was virtually impossible to stop much to the delight of head coach Zenarae Antoine.
“It’s a great day to be a Bobcat.” Antoine said. “I am overwhelmed with joy for our seniors. As a former student athlete I know what it’s like to go out on top against a heated rival. Especially with this type of margin. They get to hang on to this for the rest of their lives.”
Sophomore Brooke Holle poured in a career-high 24 points and Toshua Leavitt and Chania Wright each added 16 as the Bobcats dismantled rival UTSA 91-38 on Tuesday night in Strahan Coliseum.
Texas State (6-2) got it in gear early, as the Bobcats connected on a school record 15 3-pointers with the lead ballooning to as much as 53 points at one point during the contest.
The Bobcats successfully exacted revenge for a 72-47 blowout loss in San Antonio last season.
Holle was on fire early for the Bobcats, dropping in the team’s first nine points of the opening period, tallying 14 of the first 18 Texas State points as Texas State held a slim 18-15 advantage.
Holle finished a scorching 8-of-11 from the field, including 4-of-6 from behind the arc. She also ripped down five rebounds in only 26 minutes of play. Holle’s career night marked the fifth time this season that a Bobcat player has topped 20 points in a game.
It was the first 20-point game of Holle’s career, eclipsing her previous high of 17 points, scored in the season-opening win over Texas Tech.
Wright went 5-of-7 – all three-point field goals – in the win for Texas State, who held a commanding 42-23 lead at intermission.
“I didn’t know how well I was shooting to be honest because I didn’t look up (at the scoreboard) until the end.” Holle said. “My teammates made my job really easy because they got me in good spots to shoot the ball. It was really fun to get out there and perform.”
Texas State surged to a 30-8 run to open the second half to effectively tuck the game away in front of a crowd of 1,085 onlookers
The Bobcats had two other players in double figures as Ti’Ara Pitts posted 12 points and 8 rebounds and Ericka May logged 10 points and 8 assists.
After a two-week break, Texas State will return to the court Dec. 17 in Huntsville with a road game against the Sam Houston State to begin another long stretch of five consecutive road games.
The Bobcats will return home to open Sun Belt conference play with South Alabama on Jan. 4 at 5:30 p.m.