Women’s basketball opens short homestand against Texas State

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    Fresh off an overtime loss to SMU, the TCU women’s basketball team looks to get back on track Saturday night in the first game of a two-game homestand against Texas State.

    The Frogs showed resiliency Wednesday night against bitter rival SMU, coming back from a double-digit deficit in the second half to force overtime in Garland. The Mustangs proved to be too much in overtime, winning the game 72-68.

    A positive for TCU (1-1) was the performance of Donielle Breaux, who led the Frogs in scoring with a career-high 20 points. She also snagged eight rebounds.

    The Frogs, meanwhile, will be the second Big 12 foe in a row for Texas State. The Bobcats (1-1) come off a blowout loss at Texas, 96-42. Their only lead came very early in the game on a three-pointer to go up 3-2, but after that, it was all Longhorns. Senior Kaylan Martin led the Bobcats with 10 points. Oklahoma transfer Jacqueline Jeffcoat led Texas State with four rebounds before fouling out.

    In the Bobcats’ first game of the season, they defeated Huston-Tillotson 73-45. Sophomore guard Erin Peoples led the scoring with 17 points, and Martin added nine assists.

    Texas State is under the direction of head coach Zenarae Antoine, who in her three years in San Marcos has posted a 28-35 record.

    TEXAS STATE LAST YEAR
    The Bobcats went 10-20 last season and lost in the first round of the WAC tournament to the University of Denver. Despite the disappointing season, a high point for Texas State came Nov. 25, 2012 in Strahan Coliseum. TCU came to town and the Bobcats beat them in a shootout 91-80. That was their first win over a Big 12 opponent since 2005.

    MATCHUP TO WATCH
    Texas State’s Jeffcoat gets her first taste of Big 12 action since transferring from Oklahoma and sitting out last year. She will be in a battle to grab rebounds in the paint against Latricia Lovings all night. If Jeffcoat can avoid fouling out for the second straight game, it could be a long night for the Frogs under the rim.

    THE X-FACTOR
    Breaux had a breakout game to help TCU get back in the game against SMU Wednesday, but whether she can follow it up with another solid effort is yet to be determined. Getting production from will make it easier on players like Zahna Medley.

    TIME AND PLACE
    The game will tip off at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. Fans unable to attend can listen to the game on 88.7 KTCU.