Texans dominant in exhibition win over Champion Christian


STEPHENVILLE – The Texans start their season at Wisdom Gym with a definitive win over Champion Christian on Thursday, showcasing the returning talent from last year’s team.

It was clear head coach Misty Wilson wanted to see her new recruits in game action with her returning crew, and they did not disappoint in their 81-42 victory over Champion Christian.

Returning center Seynabou Thiam picked up a double-double in her return to Wisdom, scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore guard Mason Jones scored a team high 13 points, going 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. Junior center Nya Mitchels made her presence felt in the paint, recording 11 points and eight rebounds in only 13 minutes of play. Sophomore guard from Allen, Texas, Tyler Jackson totaled nine points while picking up three rebounds. Junior guard Jenna Dick went 1-for-1 from range, ending the night with three points and two rebounds. Junior forward Emilia Axelsson ended the game with two points and five rebounds.

Transfer guard Mayra Caicedo showed the crowd her agility and ability to create space around the court, scoring eight points and snagging six rebounds. The senior from Buga, Colombia, added four rebounds and steals to her stat sheet, exhausting the Tigers with her unceasing hustle.

Junior transfer Teresa Da Silva scored the first two baskets of the game off a pair of persisting defensive steals. The guard from London picked up eight points, five steals and two rebounds during the competition, showing off her versatility on both sides of the court.

Transfer guard Chloe Callahan picked up back-to-back three-pointers late in the game that sent the crowd into a frenzy. The sophomore from Denton, Texas finished with six points and two rebounds.

Junior guard Viktoria Ivanova and senior forward Starr Omozee each picked up four points and four rebounds during the game. Omozee, a transfer from Pflugerville, Texas, added two assists and two steals to her stat sheet as well.

Sophomore forward Elise Turrubiates totaled three points, rebounds and steals while contributing four assists on the night.

The Texans showed sparks throughout the game, capitalizing on steals by picking up 46 points off turnovers and 27 points from fast breaks. Tarleton’s bigs controlled the paint scoring 48 points around the rim compared to the Tigers’ 10. The Tarleton bench also came through in the game, attributing 44 points in contrast to Champion Christian’s four.

Tarleton will host first time opponent, Arlington Baptist, at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, to start their regular season of play. 

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