HUNTSVILLE – Texas State was lights out from the field. Nowhere was that more true than from behind the arc.
The Bobcats sunk a school-record 16 3-pointers and held Sam Houston to a lone jumper in the second quarter, racing away with a 73-41 victory on Sunday afternoon at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.
Texas State (7-2) shot 70 percent in the first half, including 75 percent (12 of 16) from 3-point range, building a 32-point lead at the break. After trailing by 10 at the end of the opening quarter, Sam Houston went 1-of-16 from the field in the second, being outscored 24-2.
The 50 first-half points were the most allowed by Sam Houston (3-5) this season. The Kats held the Bobcats without a point over 5:36 in the third quarter but were unable to inch any closer, being outscored by four points in the frame.
Toshua Leavitt led the Bobcats with 25 points including sinking 16 of 27 from behind the arc. Brooke Holle added 18 points, finishing 5 of 9 from 3-point range. Texas State created 18 Sam Houston turnovers leading to 24 points.
Jada Ballew posted a career-high nine points on 3 of 5 shooting. Jenniffer Oramas led Sam Houston with 10 points. Sam Houston went on a 7-0 over 3:06 in the fourth quarter, holding Texas State to 0-of-6 from the field during the stretch. The Bearkats outscored the Bobcats, 14-10 in the final period.
Sam Houston entered play averaging 43.4 rebounds per game but was limited to 27 and was out-rebounded for just the third time this season. The Bearkats look to reverse their fortunes in 10 days when they return to action at LSU. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on the SEC Network Plus.