When Mi’lan Francis-Miller went down with an ankle injury in the final seconds of Thursday’s 81-71 loss to Jarvis Christian, Texas A&M-Texarkana coach Kevin Dobbs shook his head in disbelief.
The Eagles started the game with seven players because of injuries. Still, TAMU-T led this game at one point, 50-49. The outcome was in doubt until Francis-Miller went down in the final minute of the game.
“Two of the girls playing tonight probably shouldn’t have,” said Dobbs. “The girls get tired when you’ve only got seven players. Right now we’ve got two girls who can handle the ball. One was Mi’lan, and the other is Taylor Howell, who has an injured shoulder.
“We haven’t been able to handle anyone’s pressure. We run three or four press breaks, and it doesn’t matter what strategy we use. There was only one bad stat tonight — 32 turnovers.”
Eagles beat Jarvis Christian on boards
TAMU-T (3-26, 0-17) shot a respectable 47 percent from the field, and outrebounded Jarvis Christian, 46-37.
The Eagles had five players score in double figures. Howell led the way with 16 points. Naomi Tekleab scored 14, with Francis-Miller adding 13. Victoria Hill and Haylee Washington scored 10 each. Tekleab pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds.
Houston junior Daeja Monroe was the Bulldogs’ main weapon. She poured in 33 points. Brianna Page scored 15, with Nyesha Fisher and Tierra Sanders adding 11 points each.
Texarkana led after the first quarter, 19-16. That cushion grew to 39-32 at intermission. It was the Bulldogs’ trapping pressure that spoiled Texarkana’s quest for a conference win.