SAN MARCOS, Texas In the regular-season finale, it was Texas State that led wire-to-wire in a 75-58 matchup at Strahan Coliseum on Saturday.
With the loss, UTA’s seven-game winning streak came to an end as the Lady Mavericks fell to 18-11 overall and 12-6 in Sun Belt play. UTA will enter next week’s Sun Belt Conference Championship as the No. 3 seed, playing on Thursday at 5 p.m. Texas State’s victory led the Bobcats to the No. 2 seed. The teams entered the day with the second spot on the line.
Crystal Allen led the UTA attack with a career-high 25-points coming on 8-of-13 shooting, hitting on three from long range. Allen grabbed six rebounds. Rebekah VanDijk scored 11 points, while the Lady Mavs shot 40.4 percent overall. UTA turned the ball over 20 times. Texas State hit at a 42.6 percent clip, connecting on 10 from long range.
VanDijk, grabbing her eight rebounds, became just the seventh player in league history to record 1,100 rebounds or more. VanDijk has 1,107 rebounds and is just one block away from 200, swatting away three on Saturday. .
HOW IT HAPPENED
Texas State flexed its muscle early, scoring off the tipoff just four seconds into the game. The Lady Mavs countered with a bucket on the other end, but a 10-0 run was sparked at the other end with Texas State connecting on three consecutive trips down the floor. UTA settled in with Aysia Evens answering each Bobcat three as the teams exchanged them at either end.
The nation’s leading 3-pointer shooter, Texas State’s Toshua Leavitt, was hot in the first period, knocking down 2-of-3 attempts to help Texas State lead 22-14 after the first 10 minutes. The Bobcats shot 46.7 in the first quarter.
UTA found success in crashing the offensive boards in the early goings of the second. McGowen found an easy bucket underneath to help open a 6-2 run and pull within four. Texas State went stagnant on a run of more than three minutes without a field goal, but four consecutive turnovers left UTA trailing at the media timeout. Leavitt would end the drought, but it was Allen connecting on the other end to keep things at just a four-point deficit with under three minutes in the half.
Another string of turnovers helped Texas State convert on easy buckets at the other end, but Allen hit again to bring the game within seven at halftime.
Texas State connected on six of its seven attempt of the third, while UTA went more than four minutes without a field goal. A dagger 3-pointer from the corner extended the 8-0 run, forcing UTA into a timeout with 4:40 in the stanza. The Lady Mavs were just 2-for-10 shooting in the quarter, hitting its first and last attempt, but trailed 54-39 going to the fourth.
Early urgency brought UTA within 11 points just two minutes into the quarter, opening again with a 6-2 run. The Lady Mavs couldn’t come up with the crucial knock down to bring it within 10 with under seven to play.
Texas State took advantage, expanding its lead back to 16 points. The 9-0 run put the game away for good with the teams closing out the regular season.
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