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Hunter Road project to benefit city By Nicholas Laughlin NEWS REPORTER @nick_laughling

Rubble stands at the sight of the 2014 Bikini’s fire. The cause of the fire has not been determined.


Investigation continues one year after Bikinis fire By Exsar Arguello NEWS REPORTER @Exsar_Misael The future of the self-proclaimed “Breastaurant,” once home to waitresses wearing bikini tops and daisy dukes, remains unknown after a fire nearly wiped the entire building out last spring. The San Marcos Fire Department (SMFD) was dispatched on April 25, 2014 to Bikinis Sports Bar and Grill to put out a fire. SMFD was able to prevent the fire from

spreading to nearby buildings and contained the situation before the establishment burned down completely. No one was injured, and patrons were evacuated safely. The cause of the fire is still unknown as the restaurant approaches the incident’s one-year anniversary. Officials have ruled out electrical complications as the cause, said Trey Hatt, San Marcos communications specialist. SMFD has confirmed the fire started in the attic and then spread to the roof of the restaurant, but

no sufficient leads with which to identify the cause are available. “We still don’t have a lot of information, but as time goes on we are starting to cross out certain variables,” Hatt said. “Despite ruling out electrical complications, we don’t have any other leads at this moment in time.” The San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) was originally in charge of the investigation. The investigation is now “in the hands of the San Marcos Fire Department,” Hatt said.

An empty Bikinis remains on Aquarena with a collapsed roof and burned insides. Doug Guller, CEO of ATX Brands and the Bikinis restaurant chain, said he does not plan to reopen the restaurant in San Marcos. “What’s done is done, and at this point we have to move on with business,” Guller said. No new information has been brought forward about the cause

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SMPD to equip all officers with body cameras By Alexa Tavarez SENIOR NEWS REPORTER @lexicanaa Eleven officers of the San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) have successfully integrated the use of body cameras in their daily work. Recent cases of police brutality have facilitated the growing discussion of law enforcement’s use of body cameras to provide an unbiased account of their interactions with civilians. SMPD is embracing the new tool, while many have expressed privacy concerns regarding the new technology. SMPD have adopted in-car videos to record police work since 2004, said Bob Klett, Assistant

Chief of Police. SMPD began testing body cameras on officers of the Downtown Foot and Bike Patrol about a year ago. Klett said the body cameras serve as an extension of the in-car video and capture what an officer is observing. “Officers are at the point today where they really don’t want to drive the car without the video,” Klett said. “I think our officers are certainly for the idea of (body cameras).” Citizens sometimes call to complain about an officer’s conduct. Video usually confirms the officer followed the correct proce-

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JOHN CODY STALSBY STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Officer Paul Stephens poses wearing a body cam Jan. 19 on campus.

Hunter Road has been undergoing construction since last spring and will close to a one-way street to divert traffic for a projected 65 days. The next phase of the Hunter Road (FM 2439) widening project is set to begin the first or second week of February and will be completed by summer 2015, said Richard Reynosa, senior engineer. “Once Hunter Road goes to one-way traffic, the contractor has a 65-day milestone to change the road back to two-way,” Reynosa said. Reynosa said detour routes will be set up during the construction. “Northbound, going into town, will continue on Hopkins Street,” Reynosa said. “Southbound, going out of town, will be (directed) to Bishop Street, to Craddock Avenue, to Wonder World Drive and back to Hunter Road.” San Marcos City Council has held question-and-answer forums for the neighborhoods surrounding the construction, said Lisa Prewitt, City Council Place 1. “The neighborhoods won’t have congestion,” Prewitt said. “City staff has reached out (to the neighborhoods) about the new route.” The goal of the project is to improve “the conveyance of storm water and Purgatory Creek flood waters,” according to the city’s website. “The storm sewer is necessary because we are widening the roadway, and there is not an existing storm sewer or curb and gutter on this project,” said Kelli Reyna, Texas Department of Transportation Austin District public spokesperson. “We have to ensure the water has a place to go.” The project will add a continuous left-turn lane, new curbs and gutters, a storm sewer system and sidewalks, Reyna said. San Marcos residents can expect to see a lane for bicycles and a left-turn lane at Bishop Street. A center turn lane from Bishop to San Antonio Street is expected to be added once the project is finished, according to the city’s website. Phase one and two of construction have been completed, including the work between Wonder World Drive and Dixon Street along with bridge and road improvements. The third phase is currently in progress. This phase will include water, wastewater and underground drainage installation, according to a Jan. 6 city council construction update. The Hunter Road improvements will benefit people who travel from I-35 to Wonder World Drive, Prewitt said. “Hunter Road is a major gateway to San Marcos,” she said.


University exceeds Texas energy conservation quota By Jake Goodman NEWS REPORTER @jake_thegoodman Texas State’s energy usage has dropped 6.25 percent from last year due to improved construction, replacement and sustainability of facilities on campus. Higher education institutions in Texas are required under State Bill 898 to lessen their energy usage and report the reduction to the state annually. Juan Guerra, vice president of Facilities, said the state mandate requires universities to reduce energy usage by 5 percent each year for ten years.. “The target for everyone is 5 percent, and we’ve exceeded that,” Guerra said. Bill Nance, vice president of Finance and Support Services, said the university administration has been

working toward energy reduction since before the state mandate was passed. “It’s just the right thing to do, and it’s beneficial financially for the campus and the environment,” Nance said. Guerra said the savings were the result of constructing new buildings and retrofitting older ones with new controls. University officials are making an effort to install more automated controls to continue to meet the state guidelines, he said. “The reason for the decrease in energy usage is facilities’ multifaceted approach to improve our operational processes,” said Sheri Lara, director of Utilities Operations. Energy conservation on campus has three distinct areas—the buildings and their age, the plants and their operations and the people and policies— in which to encourage conservation,

Lara said. Digital controls have been installed in 70 percent of the buildings on campus, Lara said. These controls save energy by allowing the lights to be turned off automatically or remotely when not in use. “It’s common sense, but the easiest way to save power is to turn the lights off,” Lara said. The construction of new buildings on campus, such as the Undergraduate Academic Center, saved energy because the buildings were constructed with an efficient design and “stateof-the-art” control systems, Lara said. “New buildings constructed are much more energy efficient, and as you remodel old buildings you gradually increase energy efficiency,” Nance said. The cogeneration plants, which produce heat and air across campus, have increased efficiency by adding

It’s just the right thing to do, and it’s beneficial financially for the campus and the environment.” —Bill Nance, Vice President of Finance and Support Services variable frequency drives. Lara said the drives are able to slow down a plant automatically when it is not in use, saving electricity. Replacing pipes drops energy usage, Guerra said. As the steel pipes used to transport steam have aged, the insulation inside has worn off. This wearing causing the pipes to lose heat into the ground. Less energy is lost with the newer pipes. Student and employee activity

influence the decreased usage, even though no specific policies are in place to encourage energy conservation, Nance said. “I would say the falling usage is 21st century normalization of sustainability,” said Janet Hale, member of the Energy Conservation Committee. Hale said the McCoy College of Business uses a computer and inter-

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Commisioners Court addresses jail overcrowding By Frank Campos NEWS REPORTER @frankcamposj Hays County Commissioners Court approved a new contract with Bastrop County Jan. 6 to transport prisoners due to overcrowding. Gary Cutler, sherriff, and Eric Batch, jail operator, presented the contract to the commissioners court for approval and emphasized the need for a backup plan to their current contract with Guadalupe County. The maximum male capacity for Hays County Jail is 256 inmates. Sixteen prisoners have already been transported to Guadalupe County this year. The trend will likely con-

tinue, Batch said. “Our Bastrop contract is purely as a backup to Guadalupe County, but it will still help us immensely,” said Mark Cumberland, jail administrator. “It will only be used when absolutely necessary. When room becomes available, inmates will be transported back.” Commissioner Will Conley, Precinct 3, voted in favor of the contract. Conley thinks the Guadalupe and Bastrop County contracts are important because although a second one is not needed, there is no need to limit the resources of an organization hired to protect and serve. “It is important that our law enforcement has options when a need arises,” Conley said. “This move

will benefit us not only with space but it will also help build a relationship with Bastrop County.” Batch described the overcrowding problem as “substantial” and fears it will not subside anytime soon. The sheriff uses daily population reports and recommendations from the jail staff to decide whether to outsource, he said. The decision to expand or rebuild will be up to Hays County Commissioners Court. The county has created a jail committee to hire a project manager for any new renovations because no decision has been made yet on construction, Batch said. “Our day-to-day operations will continue to be the same until a decision is made,” Batch said. “This will not happen within the next few

BIKINIS, from front of the fire despite a 10-month investigation. “It’s shocking that there were no eyewitnesses to see how it all began,” Guller said. “The attic area had pool tables and were filled with people the night of the fire, but no one has come out and stated what specifically happened.” San Marcos residents can expect to see a new face in the future where the

will be a long-term solution to overcrowding, Conley said. “We may not always need to transport inmates due to overcrowding,” he said. “The contracts are still needed in case an emergency arises and Hays County Jail is unable to house inmates.” The plan for construction is not scheduled to start in the near future, Conley said. Commissioners Court is working daily to come up with a plan to rebuild or expand that will benefit Hays County the most. “We are taking care of the logistics and coming up with a serious plan for the future,” he said. “We may not complete this in the next few months, but there is a set plan to get it done within a reasonable time.”

BODY CAMS, from front unoccupied restaurant remains. Bikinis will not rebuild or reopen in a different location in the city. “It has been a shocking and long process, and we will move on with other projects,” Guller said. “The lot is in the process of being sold, and we will continue to investigate the cause of the fire as time permits.”

ENERGY, from front national program called the Green Impact Campaign to audit older buildings and adapt them to use less energy. The audit includes over 50 elements contributing to energy usage, such as replacing fluorescent lighting with Light Emitting Diodes (LED), she said. Nance said students living in the older residence halls have been encouraged to save energy by competing with the other dorms for the lowest bill. “It’s just kind of a common awareness among people,” Nance said. Guerra said the university used approximately 123 million kilowatt hours

months. There is a lot that goes into a decision to renovate.” Nothing will be done immediately, but discussion of a more permanent solution to the overcrowding has taken place. The daily amount paid to each county ranges from $45 to $50 a day per inmate and does not include other expenses like medical treatment and transportation, Batch said. Outsourcing is not a permanent solution but is still working well for the Hays County Jail, Cumberland said. However, change will not be automatic. Guadalupe and Bastrop Counties will help during the process as space becomes even more limited due to construction. A combination of a new facility and the contracts currently in place

of electricity in 2014. The cost rate was $.075 per kilowatt. The total energy usage is difficult to predict and can be influenced by hot or cold weather, Lara said. Nance said the state has not commended Texas State for exceeding the requirement last year. He expects the energy usage to continue to decrease. The university is currently negotiating to produce its own power. “The university has many financial needs across campus, and the money we save on utilities can go elsewhere in the budget,” Nance said.

dure, Klett said. “It was very surprising to me that some of the things people would call to complain about when video evidence clearly shows the person was lying in their allegations,” Klett said. Klett recognizes the body cameras are helpful in collecting evidence, but their use has other issues. The video may fail to capture what happened before or during the incident depending on what part of the body the camera is located or where the officer is positioned, he said. “Everything is open to interpretation,” Klett said. “A police officer is making split second decisions that later on, when people are looking at the video, (they) can rewind.” A camera adds another level of “stress” and responsibility an officer has to think about when engaged in law enforcement action, said Kye Kennedy, corporal of Down-

town Foot and Bike Patrol. “An incident can occur so rapidly that an officer may not have the opportunity to turn the (camera) on,” Kennedy said. Security of the video is another factor to be considered, Kennedy said. Some cameras use flash cards for storage depending on the model and, unfortunately, can be tampered with. The video’s security is important for a prosecutor to look at when evaluating the “integrity of the evidence.” Kennedy does not share the same opinions others have regarding privacy issues of using body cameras. “The video is a public record,” Kennedy said. “I don’t see a privacy issue with these body cameras more than any other piece of equipment that we use.” The officers currently using body cameras patrol in public venues and do not enter the

homes of citizens, Klett said. Other officials who use the cameras regularly include school resource officers and the outlet mall patrol, Klett said. “There always have been a few officers that share the ‘us against them’ mentality,” Kennedy said. “And it’s unfortunate that some officers don’t share a good outreach to community that we have here.” The citizens and local law enforcement have developed good “community relations,” Kennedy said. Resistance happens with any new technology, he said. “It’s amazing to me sometimes what we hear officers doing in other parts of the country,” Klett said. “Police forces are generally driven by community expectations.” SMPD is currently waiting for a state or federal mandate to provide funding if body cameras are required, he said.




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UPCOMING CONCERTS IN SAN MARCOS By Andrea Hurell SPECIAL TO THE STAR @RatherBeRoyal Austin might be “The Live Music Capital of the World� but right here in San Marcos there is a mix of musical flavor that is all its own.

In the next few weeks many locL bars and storefronts will be hosting a wide range of performances that are sure to fit any music lovers taste.



JAN. 24, 9 P.M.

It’s being hailed as the biggest EDM glow party in San Marcos and with Foreign Twinz, Telykast, and Madhatter on deck to perform. As for our younger bobcats, the party is 18+ so everyone has the opportunity to experience the square. Tickets

are available at and presale tickets have already sold out.

EXCISION | PROTOHYPE | MINNESOTA FEB. 15, 8 P.M. SUPERFLY’S LONE STAR MUSIC San Marcos has been getting a lot HALEY COLE of love from EDM artists lately, and with these three DJ’s spinning JAN. 20, 4:40 P.M. with a light show as a backdrop, it is clear that it just keeps getting better.


With a smooth voice and even smoother lyrics, Cody, a native Texan himself, is ready to show off to the loyal country music fans of San Marcos. With his band by his side, there’s no doubt that it will be a show to remember.



The Lonesome Heroes is a band for people who like their country with a touch of indie rock smoothness. After playing in 27 states this past year, they are bringing their unique sound back to the Central Texas area.

BETH LEE FEB. 9, 6 P.M. ANDRES J RODRIGUEZ STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Promise Udo, physical therapy senior, shops for records Jan. 16 at Superfly’s Lone Star Music Emporium.

that can go from sweet country to the biting grit of rock music before a song is over, which makes her music even more fun to listen to.

Country Rock with a classic sound is what makes Beth Lee a special act. She offers a vocal versatility

Native Texan Haley Cole has been making the rounds in the hill country performing her music ever since a crowdfunding campaign was set up to help her live her dream. Now she is finally getting the recognition she deserves as her dream of country music stardom is slowly becoming reality. “You don’t see a lot of record stores that have live music, and when I heard that Wild Child was down here last year I had to come down,� San Marcos visitor Tate Chapman said. “Now I come here every couple of weeks to see what’s new.� To learn more about upcoming shows, check out Superfly’s main window to see who will be visiting them in-store. With the spring semester just barely starting it is never too early to start planning a future night out. Even though Austin features a lot of great musicians, it is also important to support the great musical talent that San Marcos has in our own backyard.

Picks of the Weekend By Britton Richter and Mariah Simank LIFESTYLE EDITOR AND ASSISTANT LIFESTYLE EDITOR @BrittonRichter and @MariahSimank For the undiscovered artist: The San Marcos Public Library and San Marcos Activity Center is hosting STREAMFest Jan 31, 2015. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. STREAMFest brings art into a wide array of interests. This minifestival has something to interest

every age group and skill level. The incorporation of science, technology, reading and writing, engineering, art and mathematics guarantees all who attend will be satisfied. For the proud partier: Thursday is theme night at Stonewall Warehouse, San Marcos’ first and only LGBTQIA bar. Jan. 22 patrons can dig up their favorite 80’s wear and enthusiasm for dancing. With a ten-dollar cover charge and everyone 18 and over admitted,

this new bar promises a night no one will forget.

sonal pints and two dollars off of seasonal pitchers.

For the sports fan: Sean Patrick’s is the perfect way to round out the weekend for sports enthusiasts. Brunch specials are featured from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The bar has 23 flat screen TVs, so there is sure to be a game on to suit any fan. This bar feature Sunday Seconds, a special that allows patrons to bring in any pint glass from the previous Thursday and receive one dollar off of sea-

For the live music lover: Live music is a staple in Central Texas, and San Marcos is no exception. Triple Crown is commonly known as the live music capital of San Marcos, featuring a wide range of genres. Predominantly hosting local artists, Triple Crown boasts “6,563 consecutive days of live music.� The great drink specials include two-dollar wells and pints from 12-1 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. all




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weekend long. For the wine enthusiast: Beer and wine connoisseurs alike will love Three Dudes Winery located right here in San Marcos. The idea behind the winery is beer lovers can create and enjoy quality wines themselves. This winery is sure to fit any schedule with a tasting room open seven days a week from 12 to 6 p.m. The unique style will create a lasting impression on seasoned and novice visitors alike.

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10 tips for a successful semester C

oming back to school after a long winter break is often the hardest time to get reenergized. Getting revitalized for school after crawling out of the dredges of a long break can be difficult for students. The comfort of daytime napping and Netflix binging is hard to shake off when it comes time to buckle down for school again. Thankfully, the editorial board has complied a list of 10 tips students can use to have a successful semester.

1. Finish what you start. At this point in the quest for a higher education, everyone knows

not to procrastinate. However, just because everyone knows this does not mean most people do not do it. Procrastination is a habit truly difficult to break, but with some planning and dedication, it can be overcome. At the beginning of every semester, there are people handing out free agendas in the Quad. Putting an end to procrastinating is as easy as picking up a free planner and actually using it.

2. Take care of yourself. Getting enough sleep goes a long way toward improving alert-

ness in class. Instead of staying up until 2 a.m. and then napping after class is over, students should try going to bed a few hours earlier and using naptime to catch up on homework. Self-care means staying hydrated and eating fruits or vegetables every now and then. It’s easier and cheaper to load up on ramen and Doritos, but students’ bodies will feel a lot better with an eating routine including steamed vegetables or a fruit salad.

3. Go to class and be on time. Getting rest ties into going to class and getting there on time.

There is no reason to be late to class with the exception of uncontrollable issues like engine troubles on the tram or personal emergencies,. It is rude and distracting to both other students and the professor to come wandering into a class halfway through. Conversely, students cannot expect to make good grades when they do not bother attending class. It can be tempting to stay home, especially in the cold and rainy weather, but maintaining a GPA is a reward in and of itself.

4. Find a mentor/ develop a professional relationship with a professor. Most of the professors at Texas State are more than willing to

help out students they can tell actually wants to learn. Developing a professional relationship with a professor can go a long way toward future endeavors. Internships and job applications usually require some letters of recommendation, and having a mentor who knows a student personally and would be willing to write those letters is priceless.

5. Get a class buddy. Class buddies are important tools for success. There will be days

students miss class due to illness or laziness, and having someone to text to get the missed notes from can greatly reduce stress. Students should not take advantage of nice classmates willing to help others out, but making friends with other students is vital.

6. Find yourself. Students should love the major they are taking. Although there

are always extenuating circumstances, the editorial board feels students should take control of their own lives by choosing majors they love. When people enjoy what they do, it stops being a job and starts being a career. Learning about something one is invested in is better than suffering through an accounting major because of parental expectations.

7. Prioritize things. Part of learning how to be an adult is prioritizing what is impor-

tant. Staying in to study for a test instead of going out to “dollar dos” may seem like a hassle when it is happening, but looking at an A at the end of the semester honestly makes those nights in worth it.

8. Budget your money and time. The secret to time management is carving out chunks of time to

do specific things. It may seem like overkill at the time, but having a schedule helps keep things in order. Students should take morning or evening classes depending on what environment they thrive in the best. Knowing oneself and how to work best is necessary for capitalizing on time and money. Budgeting well prevents wasting time and money even for productive things.

9. Utilize resources. The university has a lot of resources to offer students. There are

plenty of ways students can take advantage of the perks of being a Bobcat. For example, ITAC offers different services for both phones and computers. The Personalized Academic and Career Exploration (PACE) center is a great resource for incoming and freshman transfer students. Advisers at the PACE center are willing to give advice, career counseling and mentoring to students new on campus. Boko’s Lounge is another resource used for Bobcats needing rest. The lounge is located on the bottom floor of the LBJ Student Center. Rest is a resource everyone needs when dealing with a long semester. JORDAN GURLEY STAR ILLUSTRATOR

The Main Point is the opinion of the newspaper’s editorial board. Columns are the opinions of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the full staff, Texas State University Student Media, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication or Texas State University.

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10. Have fun! College is supposed to be the best time of one’s life. It can be

stressful and hectic, but even with all of the craziness going on, students need to remember to have fun. College is an important time and often has a large impact on the future, but students should be able to look back and remember all of the good times. Students should go to a basketball game, try a local restaurant, go to a theater performance or even pick up the student newspaper.

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TEXAS STATE LOOKS TO BOUNCE BACK AT STRAHAN By Mariah Medina ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR @Mariahmedinaaa JaMarcus Weatherspoon, junior guard, was initially a staple of the Texas State men’s basketball team’s starting lineup. Weatherspoon assumed a new role that put him on the bench against Arkansas-Little Rock. Coach Danny Kaspar has made several modifications to his team’s offensive scheme since the Bobcats last played Georgia Southern. Weatherspoon said not starting would have bothered him in high school, but he understands a greater goal is to be accomplished as the Bobcats begin a three-game home stretch against Georgia Southern. “I understand different situations and different players have to adjust to what

coach likes in some games,” Weatherspoon said. “Ethan (Montalvo)—we need more scoring coming out, and he brings that shooting ability, and me subbing out—I don’t get mad. I don’t put my head down about it. I come in and do my role and let the ball fall where it falls.” Weatherspoon’s roommate, Ethan Montalvo, junior guard, scored 14 points in his first start as a Division I player against South Alabama. Montalvo said being able to contribute on offense goes beyond the scoreboard. Montalvo gets the team going offensivel and helps take the pressure off of Emani Gant, junior forward, who leads the team in scoring. Montalvo believes shouldering some of the pressure from Gant has been a manageable expectation. “That’s what coach recruited me for,” Montalvo said. “It’s

what I got recruited here for— to be a shooter. What’s going to keep me in the game and me being able to shoot a lot is if I can play great defense. You guys know that’s Kaspar’s thing.” Weatherspoon’s new role as a bench player allows him to focus on rebounding. Kaspar, who disagrees with players measuring their success solely by offensive production, has taken a liking to Weatherspoon’s new role as a rebounder. “Coach Kaspar, at halftime—I don’t know how he likes this—but he don’t care about points,” Weatherspoon said. “He looks at rebounds for both teams, and I knew if I wasn’t scoring as well and me coming off the bench the first game I had nine (rebounds), the team loved it. Coach Kaspar loved it. The next game every rebound I got—the bench got excited every rebound—so

I’m like, ‘Let me go get them.’” In their loss to UT-Arlington, the Bobcats were outrebounded 40-36 in their loss to UT-Arlington despite Weatherspoon contributing 10 of the team’s 36 rebounds. “I’m really hoping my team can play defense the way it did against them last game—last time we played them—and I hope we can hit a higher percentage of our shots,” Kaspar said. “I’d also like us to have a clear advantage in the rebounding battle.” Georgia Southern leads the conference in point differential and rebounding margin. The Eagles outscore opponents by an average of 11.7 points and outrebound by 6.5 per game. In addition, Georgia Southern senior guard Jelani Hewitt leads the conference in scoring with 20.5 points per game. The Bobcats shot less than 30 percent from the field in their first game against Geor-

gia Southern and lost by four points as a result of defensive play. The Eagles, second in the conference in defense, are athletic enough to switch screens from multiple positions. Texas State’s screen-heavy offense is limited when Georgia Southern is able to avoid doubleteaming the ball handler or the screener, Weatherspoon said. “You could have a 6-foot9 person guarding D.J. (Brown),” Weatherspoon said. “It defeats the purpose of the offense we have because they are just going to switch (the

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BOBCATS BEGIN THREE-GAME HOME STRETCH By Paul Livengood SPORTS REPORTER @IamLivengood Coach Zenarae Antoine does not know how Texas State’s game against Georgia Southern will play out despite the Bobcats’ 48.2 percent shooting in their last matchup. “I honestly couldn’t answer that right now,” Antoine said. “My hope is that we just do a great job defensively at home and the rest will take care of itself. If we do a great job defensively at home and rebounding that basketball, we will be happy offensively.” In the Bobcats’ 79-65 victory, the team shot 43.8 percent from 3-point range, and four Bobcats achieved double digits in points. However, the team allowed sophomore forward Patrice Butler and sophomore guard Angel McGowan to combine for 42 points on 22 field goal attempts. Butler completed a

season-high 11 free throw attempts in the win. Antoine said McGowan “makes them go” offensively. Georgia Southern presents matchup problems for the defense along with its offensive balance, Antoine said. “The tough part is that they are really balanced,” Antoine said. “Patrice (Butler) does demand some presence, so are you going to double her? Are you going to force her off the block? She’s a kid that can face up and shoot the three as well, and she is a great free throw shooter. That’s one of the best free throw shooting teams. The kid was 11-for-11 against us in the second half, for goodness sake.” Taeler Deer, freshman guard, has scored 30 points in her past 53 minutes off the bench in the last three games,

converting on 11 of 24 field goal attempts in that span. Deer prides herself on being a complete player. Deer likes to create offense by driving into the paint, which leads to a shot attempt for herself or a teammate. Deer is used to being the catalyst for her team, since she started on varsity every year in high school. Now, in college, she acknowledges her role and is trying to perform to the best of her ability. “Coach has given me more time lately, and I have to show her what I can do,” Deer said. “I know I can compete at a high level, so when I go out there I have to play my best to show her and my teammates that I can play at this level.” The matchup pits Texas State, which ranks third in 3-point percentage and first

in 3-point field goals in the conference, against Georgia Southern’s defense. The Eagles lead the Sun Belt in 3-point percentage defense. Antoine is focusing on ball movement and shooting heading into the game. She wants the team to reverse the ball twice or even three times to free shots for the team. “We do a lot of shooting with (the team) in practice since we shoot the three-ball quite a bit,” Antoine said. “The other thing we do is, again, we continuously work on our offense to show them where the open looks are. Now that people are doing a better job with the ‘initial look,’ we aren’t getting those quick shots like we did.”

screen). As long as we play hard and do the small things, make free throws and play our game, we should win.” Montalvo said his team is eager to get back on the court after only one day of preparation. “We just lost two straight,” Montalvo said. “That hurts us, and we got three straight home games, and we’re real hyped up about it. We’re gonna come out here and prove a point that we’re still one of the better teams in the Sun Belt Conference.”

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