Troy Women Look for Fourth Straight Win Thursday

SAN MARCOS, Texas (troytrojans.com) – The Troy women’s basketball team has won three straight games, and five of its last six, as it travels to Texas State for a Thursday night contest at Strahan Coliseum.  Tipoff between the Trojans and Bobcats is schedule for 5:30 p.m.

Links to live stats, live video and free live audio can all be found at TroyTrojans.com.  Fans in Troy can also hear the game on WTBF 94.7 FM.  Fans can follow @TroyTrojansWBB on Twitter for live, in-game updates.

Troy (15-12, 10-8) enters the regular season’s final two games in a tie for fourth place in the Sun Belt standings.  The Trojans can climb to high as third ahead of next week’s conference tournament, but need some help, along with two wins, to get there.  If the tournament started today, Troy would be the No. 5 seed and face No. 4 South Alabama in the quarterfinals.

The Trojans are coming off of a 74-64 win over ULM in their final home game last Saturday.  Troy won despite shooting just 31 percent from the floor, thanks largely to its pressure defense and rebounding.  Troy forced ULM into 23 turnovers and grabbed 22 offensive rebounds on its way to attempting 18 more shots than ULM.

In Troy’s last six games, the Trojans are averaging 48.0 rebounds per game and have a +7.8 rebounding margin.  Troy is also averaging 20.3 offensive boards per game over that span, and 16.4 per game on the season to rank 12th in the NCAA.

Ashley Beverly Kelley, playing in her final home game, led Troy with 27 points on 9-of-20 shooting overall, and 5-of-10 from deep, against ULM.  It was the 40th 20-point game of Beverly Kelley’s career and upped her career total to 1,864 points, the 14th most in Sun Belt history.

Beverly Kelley is still the Sun Belt leader in scoring in all games with 20.3 points per game, and in Sun Belt games at 21.2 per game.  The senior also leads the league in free throw percentage at 86.2 percent, ranks second in steals with 2.3 per game and third in assists with 3.9 per game.

She leads Troy, and ranks fifth in the Sun Belt, with 2.0 3-pointers per game.  As a team, Troy leads the Sun Belt with 7.8 3-pointers per game and has 210 made treys this season, just two shy of breaking the program record of 211 held by the 1999-2000 team.

ArJae’ Saunders and Caitlyn Ramirez also average double-figures with 12.9 and 12.0 points per game, respectively, making Troy the only team in the Sun Belt with three players averaging over 12.0 per game.  As a team, Troy still ranks sixth in the NCAA at 82.6 points per game.

Texas State (12-16, 7-11) has lost four straight, and eight of 10, after a Tuesday loss at UT Arlington. The Bobcats saw the Mavericks hit 7-of-9 from deep in the first half and were down by 14 at one point.  Texas State used a 10-3 run in the fourth to get within three, 72-69, with 25 seconds left, but UTA hit its last six free throws to seal the win.

Texas State committed just six turnovers, but UTA shot 53 percent overall and 54 percent from deep.  The Bobcats have the worst field goal percentage in the Sun Belt, allowing opponents to shoot 44.6 percent.

However, they counter that with the league’s second best 3-point percentage at 34.1 percent, not much worse than their 37.7 field goal percentage that ranks second to last in the league.

Texas State leads the all-time series, 3-2, but Troy has won the last two games, including this season’s first meeting, 112-79, in Trojan Arena.  The 33-point margin was the largest in the short series history.  In fact, Texas State’s three wins have been by combined 10 points, while Troy’s two have been by a combined 49 points.

Troy won last season’s meeting in San Marcos, 75-59, thanks to holding the Bobcats to 25 percent shooting in the second half after leading by three points at halftime.  Troy’s only other game in San Marcos was an overtime loss in 2013-14.

Following Thursday night’s game, Troy travels to UT Arlington for its final regular season game.  The Trojans will then prepare for the Sun Belt Championships, which begin on next Wednesday, March 9, at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans.

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