On Tuesday night, senior guard Diamond Ford and the Texas State women’s basketball team won their third consecutive game. One night earlier, junior forward Joel Wright and the Texas State men’s basketball team lost its second consecutive game as it fell to Northwestern, 74-68.
For the women, it was a continued step in the right direction.
Ford and the Bobcats are handling business against teams they should beat. Against the Owls, Texas State used a distinct size advantage (44 points in the paint) and a season-best 31 points from Ford to roll to a 75-61 victory. Ford also grabbed 11 rebounds and was the first of two Bobcats with a double-double (Ashley Ezeh had 20 points and 15 rebounds).
On the other hand, the men’s setback — and for that matter, its 75-63 loss at Texas — was just part of a reoccurring problem.
Last Saturday, Texas State chipped away at a double-digit lead by the Longhorns to four points late in the second half, but couldn’t push ahead. The Bobcats turned the ball over on four of their next five possessions once they got within striking distance and lost by 12.
Two days later, Texas State fell victim to the same problem of sustaining focus. The Bobcats owned a six-point lead with less than four minutes to play, but a technical foul on junior forward Corey Stern (hanging on the rim) started the unraveling. Texas State didn’t score again and the Wildcats used a 12-0 run to seal the visitor’s fate.
Both teams have one more non-conference game before starting play in the Western Athletic Conference. Head coach Doug Davalos takes the men to Central Michigan for a Thursday tilt, while Zenarae Antoine leads the women into a Saturday game at Houston.