Dobbs: Lady Eagles’ best effort not quite enough against LSU-Alexandria

Texas A&M University-Texarkana guard Taylor Howell drives against an LSU-Alexandria player Thursday at the Patterson Student Center.


Kevin Dobbs was admittedly unhappy after LSU-Alexandria “embarrassed” Texas A&M University-Texarkana’s women earlier this basketball season.

The Generals routed Texarkana that night in Alexandria, 112-74. While the final score wasn’t evident of the effort, the Eagles came close to shocking the Red River Athletic Conference’s second place team Thursday night. LSU-Alexandria scored 15 of the game’s final 17 points and beat the Eagles, 84-63.

“That team embarrassed us the first time,” said Dobbs. “It actually felt like a team we had no chance against. We clearly had a chance tonight. If we hit any shots there at the end we might have only been two to four points down, and it’s a different situation.

“We played hard, LSU-Alexandria is a really good basketball team. If we can get that kind of effort, I’ve got to believe our shots will eventually fall. I’m pretty proud of the kids’ effort. Our depth just isn’t where it needs to be. Tonight we gave them a fight, but it wasn’t quite good enough.”


Dobbs proud of his team’s effort

The Generals (13-6, 10-2) led 48-31 at intermission. Texarkana dominated the third period, cutting that deficit to six points at one stage. Texarkana appeared fatigued in the final quarter as LSU-Alexandria pulled away.

Sophomore Kelsey Thaxton scored a game-high 29 points for the winners, including six treys. Kendriana Washington had a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Ciera Daniels scored 13 points, with Brittany Smith adding 11.

Mi’lan Francis-Miller tallied a team-high 16 points for the Eagles. Victoria Hill scored 14 points, while Haylee Washington had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Both Texarkana’s men and women will be back in action Saturday at home against LSU-Shreveport. The women play at 2 p.m., with the men to follow.