Texas A&M University-Texarkana was overwhelmed Thursday at the Patterson Student Center by Our Lady of the Lake.
It certainly wasn’t a lot of fun, but hopefully the 118-47 loss to the Sants was a glimpse of the Eagles’ future. That is if you reverse the circumstances.
“I hope our girls will be playing like this next season, or soon after,” said TAMU-T coach Kevin Dobbs. “Our Lady is the benchmark of what we want to do. They play hard and get up and down the floor, and they trap and press. That’s exactly what we want to do, but we don’t have any point guards that can handle that pressure.
“The issue we have right now is that we have two or three point guards out for the season. The girl playing point guard tonight at shin splints and shouldn’t have been on the floor. The only other point guard on the team dislocated her shoulder. I have five point guards and no options at this point. We had two girls who usually run the wing handling the ball tonight.”
Our Lady dominates all phases of game
The Eagles (3-15, 0-6) finished with 32 turnovers, 18 more than Our Lady of the Lake. TAMU-T also got beat on the glass, 66-43. The really ugly stat was Texarkana’s 13 percent shooting in the first half that resulted in a 59-16 deficit.
Surprisingly, Texarkana led twice in the opening minute. However, after 10 minutes the Saints were pulling away with a 38-11 advantage.
TAMU-T’s offense was better in the second half, but the hot-shooting Saints built a 93-34 cushion going into the final 10 minutes.
“I knew what this game could become, but not this catastrophic,” said Dobbs. “You can’t even plan strategy when you don’t have anyone to handle the ball. The value of this game is that our girls see what it’s suppose to be like. It was overwhelming because you always have two players coming at you. We can’t play that way right now. I challenged the girls at halftime saying we’re going to see who should come back next year, and who shouldn’t.”
Hill gives Eagles spark in second half
Victoria Hill was one who did step up, scoring 11 of her team-high 13 points in the second half. Naomi Tekleab was the only other Eagle scoring in double digits with 10 points.
Our Lady of the Lake (14-5, 6-1) was still pressing at the end with a 71-point lead. All 14 players on the Saints’ roster scored. Kasey Saldana led the winners with 20 points, while Jamia Miller contributed 19.
The Eagles host Huston-Tillotson Saturday afternoon.