It was a bittersweet atmosphere in Strahan Coliseum on Saturday evening.
Three senior Bobcat players women's basketball staples, Anna Brzozski, Mallory Williams and Chika Ofeogbu, as well as head coach Suzanne Fox, participated in their last game as Texas State Bobcats against Sam Houston State, losing 93-79.
Fox also announced that 2011 would be her last season as Texas State's head coach.
After a closely contested first half, sloppy play in the final eight minutes of the game allowed the Lady Bearkats to come away with the victory. For the second game in a row, the Bobcats put together a great first half against one of the best teams in the Southland Conference, as the game was tied at the break 39 all. One large reason for the tightness for the first half was a poor shooting performance by the Lady Bearkats from behind the arch, going 0-8 for the first 20 minutes.
The second half featured several Bearkats breaking out of their shooting slump, including their leading scorer and rebounder, Britni Martin. Altogether, Sam Houston had a very balanced attack, with five players scoring in double figures.
One bright spot for the Bobcats was the play of junior guard Kelsey Krupa. Krupa, who will undoubtedly be one of the most important players returning for next season, finished with a career high 21 points.
With the win, the Lady Bearkats clinched at least a share of the Southland Conference West Division Championship. With the loss the Bobcats finish the 2010-2011 season 9-20 overall and no post-season play.
Yesterday afternoon, Fox announced that this would be her last season on the bench for Texas State. She will remain at Texas State with an administrative role with the school. Over 14 seasons at Texas State, she leaves as the school's all-time leader in career victories, with other accomplishments including two SLC regular season championships, 14 All-Conference players, two Conference Players of the Year, and the schools only WNIT victory.
Luke McBroom, KTSW Sports Director
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