Taylor drains pipes career-high 4 3-pointers in 74-52 win over ULM
The Bobcats had some bumps and contusions during their two weeks in between games.
Little Rock needed to cancel its home series with Texas State recently due to the Sun Belt’s COVID-19 procedures. In the time considering that, sophomore guard Keslyn King, who had begun the past six contests for the Bobcats, suffered a soft tissue injury throughout practice and was dismissed for Friday’s house game against Louisiana-Monroe. Head coach Zenarae Antoine said she wasn’t sure the length of time King would be out which the team is handling her injury day-by-day.
Kennedy Taylor also hurt her left hand in practice and had it concluded against the Warhawks. However it didn’t affect her too much as the junior starting point guard got rid of any pain she was feeling and canned a career-high 4 3-pointers to assist Texas State earn a 74-52 success over ULM.
” You understand what, Kennedy has actually done a fantastic task. She is our best percentage 3-point shooter right now, so I’m not stunned since this young female has been getting in the health club and working truly hard,” Antoine said. “It’s a manner in which she can assist the team and she knew that individuals are gon na be playing us in a lot more zone now. And if she tears down those shots, it’s gon na make it harder for teams to make choices on if you’re gon na play man or zone.”
The space in the maroon and gold’s schedule wasn’t all bad. Antoine said it paid for the gamers a chance to decompress and focus on specific things the group had been dealing with– like scoring versus a 2-3 zone.
The Bobcats handled the Warhawks’ zone well through the majority of the very first half. They bent the defense to get the ball inside to Lauryn Thompson early and completed the first 2 quarters with eight points and 5 rebounds. They likewise shot it well from outdoors, going 4-9 from behind the arc in the half.
By the 2:47 mark of the second quarter, the hosts held a 34-21 lead.
” I seem like the group did a better task of acknowledging and seeing that,” Antoine said. “Knowing that this chance we were going to have playing against ULM, which has actually been playing more zone, that we would see it, I’m truly happy of that piece of it, as far as being able to execute versus the zone.”
However the Bobcats began to have a hard time defensively at the end of the half, which bled into the third quarter. The visitors started getting to the rim and drawing fouls, permitting them to slow down the pace and set their defense on the other end.
The Warhawks had sufficed to 37-32 at halftime. Midway through the third, they ‘d taken the lead, 46-44.
During the media timeout of the 3rd quarter, Antoine informed her group to get the energy levels, specifically on defense. The players responded, requiring misses on ULM’s next 3 shots.
Taylor ran a give-and-go along the arc to knock down a trey at the 3:38 mark of the third to gain back the lead. Taylor would go on to score another 12 points before the end of the game, with another 2 shots originating from deep.
” I think what I’ve found is, as she’s developed and grown her video game … is that the more she’s able to harm groups a bit by knocking that shot down, it’s gon na just help us grow,” Antoine said. “And she probably took a look at the history of the point guards we’ve had and understood that.
” So she worked a lot on it in the offseason. She worked a heap and she’s still dealing with it now. She’s in the gym a lot, dealing with refining that 3. You see how comfy she is shooting it now. It’s really great. If you took an appearance at last year versus this year, you acknowledge, plainly, this girl has been getting in the health club.”
The junior’s go-ahead triple triggered a 22-1 run for Texas State, resulting in a 66-47 edge with 6:07 remaining. The Bobcats stayed in front the rest of the way, making the 74-52 victory.
Taylor completed the night with 18 points, seven rebounds and 6 helps. She’s now shooting 44.1% from variety, by far the best percentage on the group. Junior forward Da’Nasia Hood led the group with 23 points. Thompson ended the game with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Junior guard Ja’Kayla Bowie, who began in location of King on Friday, and redshirt junior guard Tianna Eaton tied for a team-high nine boards.
Texas State (5-5, 2-3 Sun Belt) and the Warhawks (2-9, 0-5) are arranged to play in the 2nd game of their back-to-back on Saturday at 4 p.m. inside Strahan Arena.