Today marked the end of the regular season in the Sun Belt Conference.
If you’re an avid reader of the Daily Record, you already found out that the Texas State women’s basketball team beat Troy and earned the fourth seed in the upcoming conference tournament, while the men’s team suffered a 22-point loss and will be left home next week.
For those who haven’t caught up to speed, be sure to read our game recaps.
Women’s College Basketball: Ayriel Anderson’s career night secures Texas State victory over Troy
Men’s College Basketball: Season ends for Texas State with a 72-50 loss at Troy
Here is how the women’s bracket sets up for the Bobcats.
- No. 1 Arkansas State vs. No. 8 UL Monroe
- No. 4 Texas State vs. No. 5 Georgia State
- No. 3 UALR vs. No. 6 Troy
- No. 2 Western Kentucky vs. No. 7 UL Lafayette
If you’re curious, here is how the men’s bracket looks.
- No. 5 UALR vs. No. 8 Troy
- No. 4 Arkansas State vs. Winner 1
- No. 1 Georgia State vs. Winner 2
- No. 6 UT Arlington vs. No. 7 UL Monroe
- No. 3 UL Lafayette vs. Winner 3
- No. 2 Western Kentucky vs. Winner 4
We’ll have a lot more on both teams as the week progresses.
There are two weeks left in the regular season.
That means Texas State, a team that is 4-10 following its loss last Saturday at Arkansas State, has four games to either maintain its current position in the Sun Belt Conference standings (eighth) or improve on it as the conference tournament approaches.
When comparing the remaining games for each team fighting for the final two spots in the Sun Belt, it’s easy to see that the Bobcats have the toughest trek.
Texas State head coach Danny Kaspar had a simple message for his team during a recent pep talk.
They need to look deep inside themselves and realize they have the ability and potential to win these games. They have to have that mindset that this is the most important thing in their lives at this point in time and whenever they step on that court, that’s all that matters. That’s the focus winning teams have. These next two weeks are big. We need to be focused on these games.
Including tonight’s game with South Alabama, the Bobcats have six games left in the regular season. Texas State is currently in ninth place in the Sun Belt Conference. The Top 8 teams in the league make the conference tournament next month in New Orleans.
If you’re a fan of Texas State athletics, then this weekend sure had it all.
From the Bobcat women’s basketball team winning their fifth consecutive game to the baseball team shutting out Air Force to cap the Texas State Baseball Invitational and everywhere in between, you’d be hard-pressed to find a three-day stretch with even more in it.
Perhaps the biggest news of the weekend was the Bobcat women extending their winning streak. Texas State broke away from UT Arlington in the final minutes and moved even closer to first place in the Sun Belt Conference. This is the Bobcats’ longest win streak since 2007-08, the same year they won the Southland Conference regular-season title.
Hot shooting by the Mavericks, especially in the second half, made a Texas State sweep impossible. UTA had its way with Danny Kaspar’s team in the second half en route to a 69-62 win at the College Park Center.
Let’s not forget what kind of season the Bobcat softball team is having thus far. Texas State went 3-2 at the Campbell Cartier Classic in San Diego, Calif. and used a walk-off home run by Katie Doerre to beat No. 24 California last Saturday. Ricci Woodard’s team is now 7-3 and hosts UTSA on Wednesday.
Then we have the Bobcat baseball team — and Ty Harrington’s bunch knows how to make it interesting. Texas State went 2-1 in its own tournament after it beat Michigan in extra innings last Friday, wasted a gem by junior pitcher Taylor Black against Washington and bounced back versus the Falcons in a big way.
Texas State couldn’t pull off a big sweep tonight on the same night the university retired Jeff Foster’s number.
After the women won their fourth consecutive game, the men struggled down the stretch and saw a 12-point lead with 6:43 left evaporate en route to a crushing loss.
You can read our game story about the women beating UL-Lafayette by CLICKING HERE.
You can read our game story about the men falling to the Ragin’ Cajuns by CLICKING HERE.
Jeff Foster flashes the ‘Heart of Texas’ hand sign at the crowd during the halftime ceremony (Photo by Gerald Castillo).
So Texas State unveiled its new baseball uniforms today.
Players on Texas State’s bench celebrate a moment in a recent game (Photo by Gerald Castillo).
MONROE, La. — Texas State head coach Danny Kaspar didn’t have much to say to his team before it took the court Saturday afternoon at Louisiana-Monroe.
“I didn’t have a magic talk with them,” Kaspar said after his team’s resounding 61-36 win over the Warhawks. “I told them, ‘I’m tired of losing. I want it to stop. I hope you all feel the same way.’ They said, ‘Yes.’”
Did you read our profile of Emani Gant and Kavin Gilder-Tilbury?
If not, you should get on that since you’ll find out why Texas State head coach Danny Kaspar is so hard on the young duo. Gant is just a 19-year-old sophomore and Tilbury is a freshman forward, who played 39 minutes against UALR.
Here are some of the best quotes that didn’t make the story.
Texas State made its Sun Belt debut Thursday night when it hosted Arkansas-Little Rock for a men’s and women’s doubleheader.
In the first game of the night, the Bobcat women took it to the preseason-favorite Trojans. Texas State never trailed in the 42-35 victory and forced 21 turnovers, of which were 11 steals (four each by Kaylan Martin and Erin Peoples).
“Our game plan was to contain them and I think we did a really, really good job of that,” said junior forward Jacqueline Jeffcoat, who transferred to the Bobcats from the University of Oklahoma last year. “It all started from shootaround today. We came out with an intensity that we never had before. You could tell it was going to be a good day.”
Then in the nightcap, Texas State’s men had yet another home game go down to the wire. Like several others, the Bobcats weren’t able to come through.
It looked as if Texas State snapped out of its funk late in the second half when senior forward Joel Wright slashed through the lane and dumped in what many thought would be a game-changing layup, but the officials saw otherwise. Instead of getting an opportunity to complete a three-point play, officials whistled Wright for a charge and the Trojans got the ball back with six seconds left.
On the ensuing possession, the Bobcats needed a 3-pointer to send the game to overtime yet never got it. Texas State had its play called, but UALR chose to foul and forced Danny Kaspar’s team to make one free throw and intentionally miss the second to have a chance. Freshman guard Naiel Smith did what was asked of him, but the Bobcats weren’t able to get the rebound and the Trojans iced it.
“We need a win to get our confidence up and to get this thing turned around,” Kaspar said. “They just outfought us.”
Texas State sophomore guard Ayriel Anderson fights for a loose ball with Taylor Ford of UALR (Photo by Gerald Castillo).
Texas State senior forward Corey Stern grabs a rebound during Thursday night’s game against UALR. Stern scored 11 points and snagged four rebounds in the loss (Photo by Gerald Castillo).
Texas State freshman guard Naiel Smith dribbles against UALR guard Josh Hagins during Thursday’s game. Smith played a career-high 28 minutes in the loss (Photo by Gerald Castillo).
Texas State junior forward Jacqueline Jeffcoat goes up for a baby hook over two UALR defenders (Photo by Gerald Castillo).
True to himself, Texas State head coach Danny Kaspar was nothing but a realist following Monday’s 73-64 loss to Long Island University-Brooklyn.
Kaspar was asked if he’d rather see his team be undefeated entering Sun Belt Conference play, which begins Thursday, than 4-9 as it was after the nine-point setback. Knowing that his young team inherited a tough schedule, Kaspar was transparent with his answer to the question.