Paul Livengood

Beyond the game: Kileah Mays, junior center

Kileah Mays, junior center, marches to the beat of her own drum, and that is the way she likes it.

“I feel like my personality is kind of weird sometimes because a lot of people wouldn’t perceive me as what they expected from me,” Mays said.

When describing herself, Mays often comes back to one word—old. Old school. Old body. Old spirit.

“A lot of people say I’m an ‘old body,’” Mays said. “I do feel like I have an old spirit because a lot of people my age will talk about going to the mall or places like that while I’m here like, ‘I want to watch HGTV and learn how to build things.’ So that’s why I think I’m ‘older’ because people will say like, ‘That’s boring,’ but I think it’s fun.”

Women's basketball loses fourth straight game to Arkansas State

The Texas State women's basketball team has not beaten Arkansas State in school history. 

That streak remained intact after the Bobcats' 68-48 loss to the Red Wolves.

Arkansas State was led by junior guard Aundrea Gamble, who is averaging a conference-high 20.1 points per game. Gamble tallied 23 points and three assists, scoring 15 points in the second half. She is averaging 23.3 points per game against the Bobcats in their four meetings and 18.9 points against other opponents.  

"We tried throwing different defensive looks at her (Gamble) as the game progressed, but somehow she still found her way to the rim," Coach Zenarae Antoine said. "We are going to continue to try and throw different looks at her but just earlier in the game to throw her off her rhythm."

Women's basketball closes road trip with loss

The Texas State women's basketball teams' 10-1 run in the second half, which included 3-pointers from Taeler Deer, freshman guard, and Raven Burns, junior guard, wasn’t enough as the team lost 74-69 to the Georgia State Panthers.

The Bobcats were led by Erin Peoples, junior guard, and Ayriel Anderson, junior guard. Peoples posted her fourth straight double-double, scoring 19 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Anderson had 17 points, eight assists, three rebounds and two steals. 

Trojan scorers present challenge as conference play begins

In Coach Zenarae Antoine’s eyes, the non-conference record can be wiped out. The Bobcats are starting conference play with a clean slate. 

They have their eyes on the ultimate prize— a conference championship.

"Obviously our goal, as should it be everyone’s goal, is to win a conference championship," Antoine said. "That’s the marker."

The Bobcats enter the conference slate over .500 at 5-4 as they prepare to face the Troy Trojans.

Erin Peoples, junior guard, returns to the lineup after missing two games with an ankle injury. Additionally, the Bobcats will be led by the scoring from their dynamic backcourt of Ayriel Anderson, junior guard, and Meghan Braeuer, senior guard.

Bobcats defeat Bethune-Cookman without leading scorer

Despite the absence of leading scorer Erin Peoples, junior guard, who missed the game with a ankle injury, the Texas State women's basketball team pulled out a 51-40 victory against Bethune-Cookman University.

The Bobcats were led by the duo of Meghan Braeuer, senior guard, with 15 points and Kileah Mays, junior center, who recorded her second double-double of her career with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Braeuer converted five 3-pointers in the game, adding to her conference high 32 3-pointers.

"Meghans shooting ability opens up the floor for everyone, especially for Kileah and Jaqueline down low with one on ones," Coach Zenarae Antoine said. "It forces the opposing team to not give help defense when the ball is down in the low post."

Women's basketball defeated by nationally ranked Oklahoma State

It was a tale of two halves for the Texas State women's basketball team against the 19th ranked Oklahoma State Cowgirls.

The Bobcats cut the deficit to 10 points after Meghan Braeuer, senior guard, converted a 3-pointer with 11:28 remaining in the second half.

The Cowgirls went on a 13-0 run to extend the lead back to 23 points. They never looked back.

Oklahoma State handed Texas State a 64-37 loss, dropping the Bobcats to 2-3 this year. 

Erin Peoples, junior guard, led the Bobcats with 14 points, all of which were scored in the second half. Peoples added seven rebounds in 33 minutes.

Six players to watch

Sports reporter Paul Livengood focuses on six Bobcats to watch prior to the Texas State football teams' matchup against Arkansas State.

Craig Mager, senior cornerback: One of the keys for a Bobcat win will be to lock down the Georgia State Panther passing attack, especially junior wide receiver Donovan Harden. Harden leads the Panthers with 55 catches, 827 receiving yards and seven touchdowns this year. The Bobcats will lean on the shoulders of the dependable senior to shut down Harden. 

Six players to watch

Sports reporter Paul Livengood focuses on six Bobcats to watch prior to the Texas State football teams' matchup against Arkansas State.

Trey McGowan, junior linebacker: One of the keys to beating the Red Wolves this Thursday will be stopping the run. Good play from the linebackers is crucial. McGowan has had 12 or more total tackles in three of his last four games. McGowan needs to step up in this game—aside from the obvious leader in David Mayo, senior linebacker—if the Bobcats hope to pull off the upset.

Beyond the game: Tyler Saunders, freshman golfer

In terms of culture and society, Tyler Saunders doesn’t see many differences from Alberta, Canada and San Marcos, Texas.

One thing that connects them is Saunders.

“It’s not too different for the most part, but one thing I noticed a difference in is the way people address their elders,” Saunders said. “People here are a lot more polite. I hear a lot more ‘sirs’ and ‘ma’ams.’. Before coming here, I had never heard that.”

One of the obvious differences between Canada and Texas is the weather. Coming to Texas proved to be a challenge for Saunders. Saunders found practice very difficult thousands of miles away from home and adjusting to the temperature change.

Men's basketball recovers in second half to win opener

The Texas State men's basketball teams' comeback was led by Emani Gant, junior forward, defense, and old fashioned team basketball.

The Bobcats outscored the Redhawks 36-20 in the second half, propelling them to a 62-53 win in the season opener.

“It was a great come-from-behind-win for us,” Coach Danny Kaspar said.  

Redhawks senior guard Isaiah Umipig didn't make the comeback easy however. The All-Western Athletic Conference first-team selection had 23 points in the matchup.

Gant lead the Bobcats in scoring with 17 points, followed by a 15-point performance from D.J. Brown, senior guard, and a 10-point performance from Kavin Gilder-Tilbury, sophomore forward.

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