For the second time this season, Texas State has the reigning Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week on its roster. Who could it be other than junior forward Joel Wright.
Texas State junior forward Joel Wright took home his second WAC Player of the Week honor.
Last Saturday, Wright led the Bobcats to a 74-61 win over Lamar in the ESPN BracketBusters series. Wright scored 27 points, grabbed seven rebounds, handed out six assists and blocked four shots.
“We have to win games for me to get that award,” Wright said. “In all honesty, that award goes to the team. I’m happy that they noticed me for my good performance, but I’m just trying to win games and need to stay humble.”
Wright added that he hopes the team uses the win — and the award — as momentum going forward. That’s exactly what Texas State needs as it embarks on an important four-game stretch.
Beginning Thursday, the Bobcats take on three teams in the bottom half of the WAC standings (Seattle University, Idaho and San Jose State). If Texas State is to improve its seed as it heads into the WAC Tournament (March 12-16), Doug Davalos’ team must win a few of those games.
When the Bobcats take the floor Thursday night against the Redhawks, they’re also looking to snap a long home losing streak. Texas State, one year removed from winning 16 consecutive home games, has lost seven in a row.
“We can’t have teams coming in and thinking, ‘This is going to be an easy win,’” Bobcat junior guard Deonte’ Jones said. “We definitely can’t have that. We have to get tougher, guard better and knock down some shots.”
Here are the current standings in the WAC:
- Louisiana Tech (14-0)
- Denver (13-2)
- New Mexico State (12-3)
- Utah State (9-5)
- UT-Arlington (9-5)
- Idaho (5-10)
- San Jose State (3-11)
- Texas State (3-11)
- UTSA (2-12)
- Seattle (2-13)