LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — History was made Thursday at the Jack Stephens Center, but not in the way the Trojans wanted it to be made.
With Little Rock Head Coach Joe Foley looking for his 800th career win, Texas State (9-14, 2-10 Sun Belt) used a fourth quarter surge to claim their first-ever win in Little Rock with a 50-47 final at the Jack Stephens Center.
Little Rock (10-13, 8-4) shot just 35.3 percent from the field and failed to make a field goal in the final 1:41 of the one-possession game.
Alayzha Knapp, who led the Trojans with her first career double-double, scored seven of her 13 points in the final quarter while also grabbing three of her 11 rebounds. But as dominant as Knapp was in that final frame, the rest of the team scored just one field goal in the final 10 minutes.
Meanwhile the crowd of 2,557 – mostly made up of students from over 37 school in the Central Arkansas region – watched as Texas State got hot at the end. Da'Nasia Hood scored eight of her game-high 17 points in the final quarter behind a pair of treys while Kennedy Taylor scored six of her 11 points in the final frame. Hood also grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds for the double-double performance.
Overall, the Bobcats shot 58.3 percent in across the last 10 minutes but Little Rock would shoot just 4 of 11 (36.4 percent) in the final quarter.
Little Rock kept the game within a one possession grasp throughout, overcoming an 11-5 rebounding deficit in the third quarter and withstanding a Texas State team that led by as many as six in that third frame. The Trojans, which finished the quarter 5-for-10 from the field, would close that gap and enter the final quarter tied, 33-33.
Teal Battle scored 15 points to lead the Trojans in scoring and, for the third time in five games, finished just one rebound shy of a double-double.
Little Rock will hold its annual Pink Game on Saturday in conjunction with UAMS as the Trojans host UT Arlington. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. at the Jack Stephens Center.