Women’s basketball ends nonconference play with 67-59 win

Junior Avionne Alexander passes the ball to open teammate Jayla Johnson as she charges down the court.

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Junior Avionne Alexander passes the ball to open teammate Jayla Johnson as she charges down the court.

Claire Partain, Sports Editor

Texas State women’s basketball rang in the New Year and the beginning of Sun Belt play with a final nonconference win over Alcorn State at home on Monday.

The ‘Cats maintained their undefeated streak at home and are now 6-0 at Strahan Arena and 7-4 on the season as they head into the Sun Belt.

Texas State entered the second half with a slight 33-31 lead but quickly rose to lead by as much as 20 points in the game, outscoring the Lady Braves 26-8 in the third period. Alcorn State bounced back, however, forcing eight turnovers in the last five minutes of play before the ‘Cats dug in their heels and took in the 67-59 victory.

Sophomore center Da’Nasia Hood grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds to add to the Bobcats’ season-high total of 53 rebounds in the game. Sophomore guard Kennedy Taylor also added to the stat board with a career-high six rebounds of her own as well as 16 points and a season-high eight assists. Leading the ‘Cats in scoring was junior forward Jayla Johnson, who landed her first eight attempts for a game-high 18 points.

The Bobcats will begin conference play with another home matchup against the preseason projected favorite Little Rock on Thursday at 7 p.m.

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