John Cesares

Inside the Lines: Brenna Smith

Junior defender Brenna Smith has logged 667 minutes this year, the highest mark on the team.

Coach Kat Conner relies on Smith, the 5-foot-5-inch defender, to fortify the Bobcats’ backline.

“She can read the body language of the attacker and know when to go inside or outside,” Conner said. “She listens to the game report, and she always finds the break pressure point. It helps her predict what is about to happen, and that’s why I like playing her on the backline.”
Smith, limited with knee, ankle and quadriceps injuries, averaged a career low 77.4 minutes per game last season. Four of Texas State’s 12 losses occurred with Smith sidelined.

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