“Having the opportunity to be honored twice by our conference is special. This is great not just for our program but for all of our Bobcats supporters.”
SAN MARCOS, Texas – For the third time in the 2017-18 season, a Texas State women’s basketball player has been honored by the Sun Belt Conference. Junior guard Toshua Leavitt has been named conference player of the week.
“We are excited for Toshua,” head coach Zenarae Antoine said. “Having the opportunity to be honored twice by our conference is special. This is great not just for our program but for all of our Bobcats supporters.”
Specifically for Leavitt, this marks the second time she has been named player of the week by the conference. Leavitt was also honored on Nov. 28 following tremendous outings against Texas Southern and Fresno State. Fellow teammate, Taeler Deer, brought home Sun Belt Player of the Week nods for her efforts in the win over Texas Tech in the first week of the season.
Leavitt joins Coastal Carolina’s Jas Adams as the only two players to be named SBC player of the week on more than one occasion this season.
The Missouri native has been torching the nets from the 3-point line lately, drilling 23 attempts in the last three games combined, including a school-record 10 made triples against the Chanticleers back on Dec. 31. Fast forward a handful of days, and Leavitt was at it again, this time canning six 3-pointers in the 78-63 win over South Alabama. In total, she tallied 28 points on 11-of-19 shooting.
In Saturday’s game against Troy, Leavitt was successful on her first seven 3-point attempts. She finished the game with 23 points on 7-of-13 shooting and added four steals. Her efforts aided in the 83-75 Bobcat victory.
In two combined games this week, Leavitt posted 25.5 points per contest while shooting 13-of-24 (56.5 percent) from behind the arc. She averaged three assists and two steals per game during that stretch.
On the season, Leavitt has connected on 69 shots from behind the arc, averaging 4.60 makes per contest. Both figures lead the NCAA thus far this campaign. She is on pace to top the NCAA record for 3-pointers made per game in one season. Lisa McMullen currently holds the record of 4.50 makes per outing, setting the mark at Alabama State during the 1990-91 season.
Toshua Leavitt, and the rest of the Texas State Bobcats, will head on the road this week for conference clashes against both Arkansas State (Jan. 11) and Little Rock (Jan. 13). Opening tip against the Red Wolves is set for 5 p.m. inside the First National Bank Arena in Jonesboro, Ark.
2017-18 SUN BELT PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Nov. 14 – Taeler Deer (Texas State)
Nov. 21 – Crystal Allen (UTA)
Nov. 28 – Toshua Leavitt (Texas State)
Dec. 5 – Chyna Ellis (South Alabama)
Dec. 12 – Jas Adams (Coastal Carolina)
Jan. 2 – Jas Adams (Coastal Carolina)
Jan. 8 – Toshua Leavitt (Texas State)