Troy Women Get Big Bench Production in Fourth Straight Win

SAN MARCOS, Texas ( — The Troy women’s basketball team got points where it probably didn’t expect and used them to win a fourth straight game, beating Texas State, 88-73, at Strahan Coliseum on Thursday night.

The win moved Troy (16-12, 11-8) into fourth place by itself in the Sun Belt standings. With just one regular season game remaining, Troy will either be the No. 4 or No. 5 seed in next week’s Sun Belt Championships.

Troy had five players score in double figures at Texas State, led by Ashley Beverly Kelley who had a game-high 22 points, but was just 5-of-19 shooting. The Sun Belt’s leading scorer added 12 rebounds and six assists for her eighth career double-double.

However, three of Troy’s double-figure scorers came off the bench, led by Jayla Chills with 14 points, including three 3-pointers. The junior fell one point shy of a career high, and had nine of those points in the second quarter as Troy built a 15-point halftime lead.

Casie Johnson was right behind her with a career-high 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting. Claresa Banks chipped in 10 points off the bench while Caitlyn Ramirez nearly had a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds in a starting role. In all, the Troy bench scored 43 points, its most since scoring 47 in this season’s first win over Texas State.

In addition to Beverly Kelley’s and Ramirez’s efforts, Chills and Johnson each had seven rebounds as Troy continued to dominate on the glass and outrebounded Texas State, 55-40, to win the rebounding battled for the seventh straight game. Troy, not coincidentally, has won six of those seven games.

Troy held Texas State (12-17, 7-12) to 4-of-15 shooting in the first quarter and jumped out a 21-14 lead after 10 minutes. The Bobcats weren’t much better in the second quarter, hitting just 3-of-16 as the Troy lead grew to 15 points at halftime, 42-27.

The Trojans were the ones that shot poorly in the third quarter, hitting just 5-of-17, but Texas State only got the deficit down to single digits for 30 seconds as Troy was great at the free throw line all night.

Troy made 28-of-33 (85 percent) from the free throw line, helping the lead grow to as many as 19 points during the fourth quarter. Beverly Kelley alone was 11-of-12 at the line for Troy.

Overall, Troy shot 39 percent (27-of-69) on the night with just 6-of-22 from beyond the arc. Despite hitting just 27 percent from deep, the Trojans did make history as the six 3-pointers pushed their season total to a school-record 216.

Texas State shot 35 percent (25-of-71) overall, but the league’s best 3-point shooting team hit just 30 percent (9-of-30) from deep while also shooting just 58 percent (14-of-24) from the free throw line.

Troy will now prepare for a Saturday night game at UT Arlington. The Trojans and Mavericks will tipoff at 5 p.m. at the College Park Center.

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