Women's basketball notches win in season opener

Sports Reporter
Ericka May, freshman guard, drives for the hoop Nov. 15 against Texas A&M International at Strahan Coliseum. The Bobcats won 83-65.

Maintaining a 20 point lead for most of the second half, the Texas State women’s basketball team had little trouble securing its sixth consecutive season opening victory against Texas A&M International.

The Bobcats created 15 turnovers in its 83-65 win over the Dustdevils.

“We had contribution from our entire program today,” Associate Head Coach Sue Serafini said. “The starters and the returners got on the floor early on the beginning of the game and really took care of business. They ran tempo, rebounded the basketball. They found each other but for our program it was a complete win for everyone today.”

Coach Zenarae Antoine’s recruiting class are now juniors and her system of play is almost fully implemented.

With a mix of returning players and four new freshman, Texas State held the lead against Texas A&M International.

“[The returners] got in the gym at the end of last season and they committed to being better and different, and working individually on what they need to do for us to be successful,” Serafini said. “The team you saw today is really a reflection of this team deciding last year that they wanted to be the best that they could be, and they’ve worked every day since the spring for the start today.”

Jacqueline Jeffcoat, senior forward, Ayriel Anderson, junior guard, Meghan Braeuer, senior guard, and Erin Peoples, junior guard, scored double-digit points against Texas A&M International. Jeffcoat managed to get her second career double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds.

“I feel like Kileah Mays [junior center] really helped me out,” Jeffcoat said. “She gave me plenty of high low looks and that’s what we’ve really been working on. I think that’s going to be an effective part of our game. If all posts can get that down we’ll be unstoppable."

Contrary to Serafini’s beliefs, junior guard Keiona Matthews was not the focal point of the Dustdevils. Peoples defended Matthews, making it difficult for Matthews to get the ball where she wanted. By 9:02 in the second half Matthews had fouled out of the game.

Junior guard Jessica Prieto took the attention from Matthews playing 36 minutes with 23 points and nine rebounds. Prieto started for Texas A&M International last year playing the point guard and shooting guard positions.

“We ran a lot of different people at her today but she had a really good game,” Serafini said. “She exposed some of our weaknesses that over the next few days we’re going to work on in order to get ready for Texas Tech.”

One of these weaknesses, Serafini says, was containing the Dustdevils.

“We’ve got to continue to get better at maintaining control of the game relative to our offense,” Serafini said. “On the defensive end, in my opinion, we gave up to many easy looks. We didn’t make Texas A&M International work exceptionally hard to get the ball, and when they got it we really didn’t do a great job of containing them. All of these things are very fixable and things that we will get back in the gym and work on starting tomorrow.”

Texas State will play Texas Tech on the road in its next game, Nov. 18.

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