LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (LR Trojans) – With a 15-point victory, first-place Little Rock women's basketball remained undefeated in Sun Belt Conference play as the Trojans took a 63-48 win over second-place Texas State on Saturday afternoon at the Jack Stephens Center.
There was no stopping Ronjanae DeGray as the junior put up a season-high 23 points off the bench for Little Rock (9-8, 6-0 Sun Belt) while going 10-for-11 from the field. Raeyana DeGray and Keanna Keys each put up 10 points and six rebounds while Monique Townson led the game with five assists and three steals in addition to her seven points and four rebounds. Little Rock had its second-best shooting performance of the season as it shot 55.6 percent (25-for-45) for the game and was 13-for-18 (72.2%) from the foul line.
Toshua Leavitt led Texas State (11-6, 4-2 Sun Belt) with 20 points as she made a game-high six three-pointers. Taeler Deer was the other Bobcat in double figures as she ended the game with 13. Texas State shot 32.7 percent (16-for-49) from the field, 38.1 percent (8-for-21) from three and 72.7 percent (8-for-11) from the charity stripe.
Ronjanae DeGray completely took over the game in the fourth quarter by scoring 11 of her 23 points. Little Rock took its largest lead of the game at 15 points with 3:04 left to play as Raeyana DeGray made a jumper to give her 10 for the game. The Trojans went 7-for-12 (58.3%) in the final 10 minutes while the Bobcats went 4-for-11 (36.4%).
Little Rock opened up a double-digit lead in the third quarter after outscoring Texas State 16-8. The Trojans took a 12-point lead at 44-32 as Terrion Moore made both of her free throws. Moore's points were at the end of an 8-0 Trojan run that saw Ronjanae DeGray score six consecutive points. Little Rock was 6-for-10 (60%) from the field as Texas State had its worst-shooting quarter of the game at 2-for-11 (18.2%).
After a rocky first quarter, things went much better for Little Rock in the second quarter as the Trojans outscored Texas State 20-8. Little Rock's big run came with 6:55 left in the period as the Trojans scored 10 unanswered points to retake the lead. Little Rock ended the half on a 16-4 run as it went to the locker room with a 30-26 lead. Little Rock was 7-for-13 (53.8%) in the quarter while Texas State went 3-for-13 (23.1%). Keanna Keys led the quarter with eight points.
Although the Trojans took a 4-0 lead to begin the game, the Bobcats went on a 9-0 run and did what they do best by making four consecutive threes to take an eight-point lead. Three of those threes belonged to Leavitt while one came from Deer. Both sides shot 50 percent in the period while Leavitt led the quarter with nine points. Raeyana DeGray led the Trojans with four points.
Moore finished the game with eight points, four assists and three rebounds. Kira Shepard and Yanina Inkinaeach scored two points for the game. Shepard also tallied two steals with one rebound, and Inkina had two rebounds.
Thirty-four of Little Rock's 63 points came in the paint — tied for its most this season.
Little Rock will put its unblemished Sun Belt record on the line again next Saturday as the Trojans host rival Arkansas State at 3 p.m.