Monday, February 11, 2013 at 6:37:56 PM CST
The Texas State sports scene continues to garner more and more attention every year, and this year is bigger and better than ever before.
Football is a couple of months behind us but is still making headlines by signing their best recruiting class of Franchione’s tenure. The two biggest names were RB Jamel James and WR Brice Gunter, two 4-star recruits from right here inside the lone-star state. Here is a complete list of newcomers to the football program if you’re interested. Coach Fran was quoted saying he would like to eventually recruit more high-school seniors rather than from junior college transfers in the future, but time is of the essence considering the upcoming transition from the WAC to the Sun Belt Conference.
Softball got off to a rough start this past weekend in Houston at the Hilton Houston Plaza Classic, where they lost all five games including getting shut out by Houston in the last of the five. Not exactly the start fans, or anyone else, anticipated considering the Bobcats were picked to win the WAC this season. Full game statistics and extensive coverage at txstatebobcats.com. Their abysmal start could be contributed to seven high-profile players not appearing in the box scores of any of this weekend’s five games. The absence was a surprise to just about everyone, and when asked about the players who did not see any action, Bobcat Head Coach Ricci Woodard said “five should be back in due time, while two have been suspended indefinitely.”
Women’s Basketball suffered a tough loss to UTA at home last Thursday, but rebounded with a 68-63 victory at home versus La Tech Saturday. Four Bobcat reached double digits, and scoring leader Diamond Ford led the way with 16 points to go along with her six rebounds and three steals. The Bulldogs cut a 14-point halftime deficit down to a single point with 1:02 left in the second half, but the Bobcats made five free throws in the closing seconds to hold on for the win. They will have the day off Thursday before traveling to the Bird Cage on Saturday for their 4 pm tip-off with the roadrunners.
Men’s Basketball lost their fourth straight game to La Tech Saturday, while the Bulldogs improve their perfect conference record to 12-0. Four Bobcats had ten plus points on the night, but as a team shot 24-62 from field goal range and missed 12 of their 25 free throws. Rebounding continues to be an issue as well, as the Bobcats lost the battle in the paint 33-46, 13 of the Bulldogs’ 46 were on the offensive end. Joel wright continues to be the only bright spot on a team with very little to be happy about considering their play up to this point in the season. They drop to 7-18 overall and just 3-10 in conference play. Saturday’s 4 pm home game versus UTSA (who is 1-12 in conference) is a must win game considering Texas State only has five in conference games left on the schedule. Idaho currently holds the sixth seed with their 5-8 conference record, with one of those losses coming from a 78-73 home defeat thanks to a 37-point explosion by Joel Wright back in January. This is the time of the year where some teams step up and win big games, and some teams fall short by a couple of missed opportunities. I guess we’ll know which of the two this Bobcat team is on Saturday.