Women's basketball pulls from experiences against Texas A&M International

Sports Reporter
Ayriel Anderson, junior guard, dribbles to the hoop in the Bobcats' 83-65 win against Texas A&M International.

The Texas State women’s basketball team will take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders in Lubbock following its season-opening victory against Texas A&M International.

The last game against Texas A&M International was the perfect opportunity for the Bobcats to implement their offensive and defensive plans. Susan Serafini, associate head coach, said the game was just what the Bobcats needed to get the season started.

“We reached out to Texas A&M International last year after they won the Heartland Conference championship at 19-9, and they were gracious enough to say yes, and for us it was a great start,” Serafini said. “They have a solid player in Keiona Mathews, and certainly Jessica Prieto stepped up, and that gave us two different looks that we’re going to have to contend with when we go to a very physical, very fast and very big Texas Tech Team.”

Texas Tech’s team consists of eight new players with five returning. This is the first full recruiting class for second-year head coach Candace Whitaker.

“It’s a brand-new team,” Serafini said. “They’ve got eight new players in uniform and have gone through a program transformation with the coaching change last year, so they’re working on their identity and who they’re becoming. I can guarantee that (Whitaker) is going to have them playing very physical, very rough and very solid for a full 40 minutes.”

The Bobcats will need to pay attention to senior forward Kelsie Baker. Baker tied her career-high of 18 points in the Red Raiders’ 67-59 victory against Jacksonville State.

Unlike Texas A&M International, Texas Tech benefits from its size. Baker, like four other of her teammates, is over six feet tall, making the average height for the team 6-foot-1-inch.

Kileah Mays, junior center, Carrie Kirchner, sophomore center, and Jacqueline Jeffcoat are the only Bobcats over six feet, bringing the team’s average height to 5-foot-9-inches.   

“We go from a very undersized team at the moment to a very tall team with Texas Tech,” Serafini said. “It’s going to be a very different look for us.”

Whitaker is known for her toughness on the court, and Serafini says it’s something the Bobcats have been preparing for.

Serafini plans on improving containment against the Red Raiders by maintaining control of the offense and being more flexible defensively.

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