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Hillcats Fall Short In Rally At St. Mary's


January 25, 2019

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The Rogers State Women's Basketball team's comeback bid fell short in its comeback bid Thursday night at St. Mary's University, falling 61-56 in Heartland Conference play.

The Hillcats (9-9, 2-3 Heartland) found themselves behind from the onset, as St. Mary's (12-5, 2-3) sank a pair of free throws from an administrative technical prior to the tip.

Rogers State went behind by as much as 10 in the second quarter but was able to rally back against the Rattlers and took the lead with 2:45 remaining in the third. However, the Hillcats led only twice for a total of 38 seconds in the third quarter as the hosts were able to answer RSU's rally with one of their own.

Lauren Schuldt would score five points with a three pointer and a layup to give Rogers State a fourth quarter lead, but it would quickly be answered by the Rattlers.

Lindsey Byfield, who gave the Hillcats the lead in the third, did so again for the last time in the fourth quarter with another three pointer with 4:42 remaining.

Schuldt would lead all scorers in the contest with 20 points. Schuldt also had five rebounds and three blocks in 30 minutes.

Byfield would lead all players on the glass with nine rebounds, falling one shy of a double-double as she finished with 12 points.

The Hillcats led the Rattlers in shooting, finishing with 46 percent shooting for the game while holding the hosts to just 36 percent shooting.

Rogers State also led the Rattlers on the glass 36-35. However, St. Mary's had 15 offensive rebounds.

The Hillcats also struggled in turnovers, giving up possession 16 times allowing for 16 points off turnovers. Rogers State forced just six turnovers and were only able to create three points.

Rogers State will continue their longest road trip of the season with a trip down to Laredo, Texas to take on Texas A&M International Saturday afternoon. The Hillcats and Dustdevils will tip off at 1:00 p.m. at the Kinesiology and Convocation Building.


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