Lady Texans earn No. 1 ranking in NJCAA poll

The South Plains College women’s basketball team has climbed to the top of the NJCAA Division I rankings, clinching the top spot for the first time in program history.

The Lady Texans had won 19 consecutive games prior to their Jan. 31 game at Midland College, sporting with a dazzling 22-1 record overall and a 7-0 record in Western Junior College Athletic Conference play.

The Lady Texans pushed their way past Odessa College with a 73-64 victory on Jan. 28 at Texan Dome.

IMG_9581.JPGSophomore Gabbie Green sparked the offensive attack with 22 points, making six of her 11 field goals and two three-pointers.

Freshman Sarah Shematsi was not far behind Green with 20 points. Shematsi went 7-for-17 from the field and was 6-for-11 from the three-point line.

Sophomore Keke Hunter chipped in 17 points, hitting four of her eight shots from the field and 9-of-11 shots from the charity stripe. She also led the team with 14 rebounds.

SPC came home with another win against Clarendon College, 81-46, on Jan. 24, making it their 18th consecutive victory.

Shematsi led the team in scoring with 12 points. Shematsi made 5-of-11 shots from the field and put in two 3-pointers.  Freshman Nyah Morris chipped in 11 points off the bench, on 4-of-10 shooting and 3-of-9 shooting from behind the three-point arch.

Hunter also scored 11 points on 3-of-7 shooting and making five of her six shots from the charity stripe. Hunter led the Lady Texans in rebounding, grabbing 11. Sophomore Chantel Govan contributed 11 points as well, making all four of the shots from the field,  going a 3-for-3 from the three-point line.

SPC crushed Western Texas College, 101-45, on Jan. 17 at the Coliseum in Snyder, Texas.

Freshman Ruth Koang paced the Lady Texans with 21 points off the bench, making seven of her 10 shots from the field and seven of her nine free-throw shots. She also led the team in rebounds with 12.

Morris also came off the bench to pour in a careerhigh 20 points, hitting of her nine six shots from the field in 27 minutes. She also made six of nine three-point shots and two of her four free-throw shots.

Green added 17 points, hitting six of her 11 shots from the field and all four of her free throw shots. Green also had five assists, four steals, and two rebounds.IMG_9626

In a showdown between two nationally-ranked teams, the then-fifth-ranked Lady Texans topped then-third-ranked New Mexico Junior College, 66-51, on Jan. 14 at Texan Dome.

Shematsi led SPC with 20 points, hitting seven of her 12 shots from the field, including six 3-pointers. She also had eight rebounds and three assists.

Green was close behind with 16 points, making six of her 15 shots from the field and four of her six shots from the free-throw line. Green also got four rebounds and had three assists.

Freshman Caroline Germond followed Green with 13 points, making 5-of-7 shots from the field and three of her four three-point shots. Germond also grabbed five rebounds and had three assists.

SPC resumed WJCAC action with a 72-49 victory against Howard College on Jan. 7 at Texan Dome.

Germond and Green led the Lady Texans in scoring, Germond tossed in 10 points, hitting four of her six shots from the field, and went 2-for-3 from the three-point line. She also had five steals and two assists. Green had a team-high 22 points, going 10-for-11 from the field.

Romola Dominguez and Morris came off the bench to score in double figures, with Dominguez dropping in 11 points, making four of her seven shots from the field, including three 3-pointers. She also led the team with five rebounds. Morris contributed 12 points, hitting four of her eight shots from the field, including four 3-pointers.

Author: MaKayla Kneisley

Hello, my name is MaKayla Kneisley. I am 20 years old and am attending school at South Plains College for print journalism. I write for the schools news paper, Plainsman Press. I also write poetry and short stories on my own time. Some of my hobbies are aerial fitness, collecting old cameras and typewriters, and riding horses. My motto, Alwaysmile.

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