Texas State left fans scratching their heads Saturday afternoon after the 76-57 win against Northwestern State. Those in attendance all seemed to ask the same question: “Where was this team all season?”
It was a complete team effort for the Bobcats as four players scored in double figures led by Diamond Ford’s 16 points. Victoria Davis, Kelsey Krupa and Chika Ofoegbu each chipped in 11 points.
Texas State also pounded the glass and outrebounded the Demons, 46-28. Aimee Hilburn paced the Bobcats with 11 boards while Ofoegbu added seven.
NSU closed Texas State’s lead to 33-31 with 18:13 remaining in the second half, but the Bobcats soon blew it open. Texas State went on a 24-9 run in the next nine minutes to gain the upper hand.
Player of the Game: Hilburn and Ofoegbu split the honor with their solid all-around games. They combined for 18 points, 18 rebounds and three blocks. The Demons simply looked overmatched in the post.
Trend of the Game: While NSU dominated the paint (34 points), the Demons couldn’t manage to convert any misses into second-chance points. The Bobcats scored 12 second-chance points to NSU’s two and wore down the Demons down the stretch.
Texas State head coach Suzanne Fox on the game: “It was one of the deals where we’ve been telling the kids to keep believing and keep doing what we’re telling you because we’re going to turn the corner and tonight we did.”
Fox on the Bobcats’ tenacity on the boards: “I can’t tell you how long we talked to the kids about competing for balls and battling and I thought the kids really responded and got after it today.”
Fox on not being mathematically eliminated from the SLC postseason: “Until you play the last game or add the math up and you aren’t in it, you want to find a way to get into it. Whether you get into it with 14 wins or four wins, you’re in it and then everybody is on zero.”