Brittnie Curtis

Women's basketball drops second consecutive game

The Texas State women’s basketball team took their second loss of the season against Houston Baptist, 61-56.

Texas State gained a 10 point lead during the middle of the first half after a layup by Meghan Braeuer, senior guard. Houston Baptist regained the lead with a 10-2 run in the last three minutes.

Braeuer missed 11 of 15 shots, following her career-high 24 point performance against Texas Tech.

Beyond the game: Jacqueline Jeffcoat, senior forward

Most people might have elaborate stories on how they started playing their favorite sport, but Jacqueline Jeffcoat, senior forward, had a simple reason: she looked pretty playing the game.

Jeffcoat was the only girl in the family and spent time with dolls while her brothers were outside playing sports.

Jeffcoat was about six years old when her aunt said she looked pretty playing basketball. Since then Jeffcoat has loved the game.

Beyond the game: Emily Potts, freshman runner

Emily Potts, freshman runner, is a firm believer in sustainable living.

Potts believes Americans need to put more effort into how they live. Remaining in touch with the community and having stronger relationships on a personal level is important to her.

Potts has gotten her mind on the right track quickly. Potts is currently a nutrition and dietetics major but says she is looking into a few other options.

“I’m interested in agriculture or art,” Potts said. “Ideally, I think it would be kind of cool to be in a community that live together and farm together.”

Potts’ mother, Lisa Liston, said her daughter’s interest in farming started around middle school when Potts spent a summer on her grandparents’ land in Mason.

Women's basketball pulls from experiences 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.

Women's basketball notches win in season opener

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.

Women's basketball searches for identity in season opener

The Texas State women’s basketball team will fight for its sixth consecutive season opening victory against Texas A&M International, Nov. 15. 

Although the Bobcats have won the past five opening games, Associate Head Coach Sue Serafini says that will not guarantee a win for this game.

Coach Antoine focusing on ‘mental, physical fitness’

 

“One thing about championship teams is that they're resilient. No matter what is thrown at them, no matter how deep the hole, they find a way to bounce back and overcome adversity.”

Coach Zenarae Antoine picked a quote from Alabama coach Nick Saban to reinforce the team’s vision this season.

A championship is on her mind, a year after her team tied for third place in the Sun Belt Conference.

“I have a quote every single week,” Antoine said. “I thought this one was fitting for our vision this year and what our young women want – to win the championship.”

Beyond the Game: Jose Angel Gonzalez

Jose Angel Gonzalez, freshman cross-country runner, hasn’t always been passionate about running.

Gonzalez hated it until sixth grade, when he asked for help from his father, Joe, in order to win a girl’s heart.

“I liked this girl that was on the track team, and I said, ‘Hey! My dad’s a cross country and track coach,” Jose said. “‘I can totally whip butt. I can win the meet, and she’ll fall in love with me.’”

Joe was the track and cross-country coach at the high school Jose would eventually attend. He was more than willing to help his son on his mission.

“You know how little boys go crazy for little girls,” Joe said. “He showed up one day saying, ‘I’m going to run, and I need shoes.’”

Golf places eighth in Golfweek Conference Challenge

The Texas State women’s golf team finished eighth in the Golfweek Conference Challenge in Vail, Colorado, Sept. 22-24. The team, with a six shot improvement from the Minnesota Invitational, finished ahead of UTSA, Lamar and Nebraska. 

The course was similar to the Minnesota Invitational because of bent grass, except there were no trees. The weather warmed up on the third day of the tournament the first two days, making it a better fit to play. 

“The elevation changes was something the team had to overcome," Coach Mike Akers said. "I’m going to guess they walked about eight miles in one day on the golf course the way it’s spread out. It was a physical challenge to walk that golf course to say the least.”

Texas State Volleyball Season Preview

Texas State’s volleyball team is entering its second season in the Sun Belt Conference, and the Bobcats are eager to reclaim their title after winning the 2013 Sun Belt Conference Championship Tournament. 

“It’s motivation because we definitely want a repeat,” senior setter Caylin Mahoney said. “I’m really excited to start playing and seeing what this team will do because I know we can do even better this year.”

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