by: NICK ALVARADO/Editorial Assistant
The South Plains College women’s basketball team tipped off the new season by hosting the SPC Classic, making a fresh start with new head coach, Cayla Petree.
Besides a new coaching staff, the Lady Texans’ roster is filled with freshmen players.
The new assistant coaches include Kyle Herring and Brock Kimball.
The Lady Texans’ roster is filled with all freshmen players, including new guards Dabrashia Baty from Dallas; Alieza Brown from Grosse Pointe Park; Mich., Elizabeth Cera from Levelland; Sujei Cera from Levelland; Mia Cooper from McEachem, Ga.; Ramiah Henry from Toledo, Ohio; Jasmyne Martin from West Palm Beach, Fla.; and Geovana Silva from Brazil.
The new forwards include Taylor Holley from The Colony, Yanina Inkina from Belarus, Ugochinyere Nwarie from Arlington and Evelyn Omemmah from Elmont, N.Y.
Last season, the Lady Texans were 9-19 overall, with a 5-9 record in Western Junior College Athletic Conference play.
In the first game of the SPC Classic on Oct. 30, the Lady Texans played host to Trinidad State Junior College. It was a dominating performance, with SPC posting an 84-34 victory.
Brown led all scorers in the contest with 23 points, four rebounds, an assist and a block. Ommemah scored 15 points and grabbed three rebounds. Elizabeth Cera scored 14 points, along with three rebounds and three steals.
As a team, the Lady Texans shot 53 percent from the floor and converted 72 percent of their shots from the free-throw line. The offensive rebounds also helped the Lady Texans in their victory, as they out-rebounded Trinidad State 14-8 and forced 12 steals.
The second game of the SPC Classic on Oct. 31 was a tougher task, as the Lady Texans took on Dallas Diesel. The Lady Texans trailed for the entire first half, but the second half comeback fell short, as the Lady Texans fell to Dallas Diesel, 96-84.
Baty led the Lady Texans in scoring with five points and also posted four rebounds, including three offensive as Dallas Diesel led after the first quarter 29-10.
The Lady Texans continued their dominance on the offensive boards, out-rebounding Dallas Diesel seven to three in the second quarter. Brown led the Lady Texans with 12 points in the quarter, shooting 33 percent from the field. Dallas Diesel held a 59-37 advantage at halftime.
Inkina and Cera scored six points in the third quarter. Offensive rebounds continued to favor the Lady Texans, as they recorded four rebounds in the third quarter. The Lady Texans still trailed, 79-54, at the end of the quarter.
The fourth quarter was all Lady Texans, as the defense forced eight turnovers and gave up only 17 points, which was the fewest points Dallas Diesel scored all game.
The Lady Texans were to face off against LSU-Eunice on Nov. 6 in the first game of the Lady Texan Classic. They were to take on Southwestern Community College on Nov. 7. Results were not available at press time.