Women's Basketball Headlines

  • Johnson sits in 2nd in men's decathlon after day one of 2017 NJCAA Outdoor National Championships
    May 18, 2017
    HUTCHINSON, Ka.—Day one of the 2017 NJCAA Track & Field Outdoor National Championships got underway at Gowans Stadium on Thursday beginning with the men's decathlon. The Texans' Patrick Johnson currently sits in second with 3817 points, trailing only Iowa Central's Jared Seay who finished the day with 3921 points. Johnson shot out of the blocks and set a new stadium record in the 400 meters crossing the finish line at 48.68. South Plains' Jonathan Witt, who sits in eighth with 3136 points, finished fifth in the 400 meters with a time of 50.82.
  • Cera, Smith and Baty sign with Div. I universities on Thursday
    May 04, 2017
    LEVELLAND—In a year which saw the South Plains College women's basketball team win 28 games and reach the second round of the 2017 NJCAA Women's Basketball National Tournament, the Lady Texans added three more players to the list of Div. I scholarship recipients on Thursday. 5-foot-6 sophomore guard Brittany Smith inked her national letter of intent to the fighting Mean Green of North Texas University. Smith was named the WJCAC Defensive Player of the Year and a first team all-conference selection in 2016. The Houston native set the school single game record for assists with 15 against Clarendon on Feb. 23 at the Texan Dome. Smith averaged 10 points, five boards and four assists per game while shooting 41.5 percent from the field.
  • Lady Texans fall to Seward 87-69 on Tuesday at 2017 NJCAA Women's National Tournament
    March 21, 2017
    LUBBOCK—Despite placing four scorers in double figures, the South Plains College Lady Texans fell to the Seward County Saints 87-69 on Tuesday in the second round of the 2017 NJCAA Women's Basketball National Tournament at the Rip Griffin Center. "Just a lot of respect for Seward County," South Plains head coach Cayla Petree said. "Their players had a great game and definitely came to play and shot lights out. They made 16 3s and shot 41 percent from the field. That's just really impressive at our level, and it wasn't like we didn't identify the shooters. We made our run early, they just remained poised and they just kind of chipped away and the momentum swung and they never looked back."
  • Beard scores career-high 32, Lady Texans down Monroe 85-73 to advance to round of 16
    March 20, 2017
    LUBBOCK—Jasauen Beard knew her second chance would come soon enough. The exact moment, however, remained uncertain. It would be safe to say that opportunity arrived on Monday in the opening round of the 2017 NJCAA Division I Women's Basketball National Tournament at the Rip Griffin Center as Beard scored a career-high 32 points and led the No. 9 seeded Lady Texans past the No. 24 seed in Monroe College 85-73. "When I came here it was kind of like a second chance type thing," Beard said. "One of the things we talked about in recruiting was winning a national championship. That's one of the reasons I came here and had a chip on my shoulder. It seems like it's just one step closer to what we've been working for all year."
  • Cayla Petree named finalist for WBCA National Coach of the Year Award
    March 15, 2017
    LEVELLAND—After leading the South Plains College women's basketball team to one of the most successful seasons in program history, second-year head coach Cayla Petree was one of four coaches from across the country to be named a finalist for the 2017 United States Marine Corps Women's Basketball Coaches Association National Coach of the Year award on Wednesday. Following a 20-win season and an appearance in the Region V Tournament during her first year in Levelland, Petree has led the Lady Texans to a 27-5 record in just her second year on the South Plains and will lead her squad onto the hardwood on March 20 at the 2017 NJCAA Women's Basketball National Tournament.
  • Lady Texans to take on Monroe College on March 20 at Women's National Tournament in Lubbock
    March 13, 2017
    LEVELLAND—The South Plains College Lady Texans earned a No. 9 national seed on Monday to the NJCAA Women's Basketball National Tournament and will tip-off at noon on Monday, March 20 against Monroe College at the Rip Griffin Center on the Campus of Lubbock Christian University. "It's March madness at any level, and this is a big deal for our girls," South Plains head coach Cayla Petree said. "We talked about going to Lubbock all year long. It's 28 miles down the road and this is the position we wanted to put ourselves in. I think anything can happen and we're very optimistic and we know that at this point in the season that everybody is a threat and everybody can play."
  • Texans and Lady Texans each claim At-Large bids to NJCAA National Tournament
    March 12, 2017
    LEVELLAND—The South Plains College Texans and Lady Texans will look to continue their run through the postseason as each received an At-Large bid on Sunday to their respective National Tournaments.
  • Despite valiant fourth quarter surge, Lady Texans fall to Collin County 77-70 in semifinal round of Region V Tournament
    March 10, 2017
    WOLFFORTH—Despite a valiant four quarter surge which saw the Lady Texans trim a 20-point deficit to just six, South Plains fell to Collin County 77-70 in the semifinal round of the Region V Tournament on Friday at the Tiger Pit. Sophomore Yanina Inkina scored a team-high 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting in 37 minutes of action. Jasauen Beard finished with 15 points and eight boards on 7-of-13 shooting from the floor. Elizabeth Cera scored 10 points and dished out four assists while Brittany Smith finished with six points and recorded a game-high nine assists.
  • Smith buckets 18, Lady Texans down Ranger 61-46 in opening round of Region V Tournament
    March 08, 2017
    WOLFFORTH—Let it fly. The No. 6 South Plains College Lady Texans knocked down eight 3-pointers and shot 44 percent from beyond the arc to down Ranger College 61-46 in the opening round of the NJCAA Region V Tournament on Wednesday afternoon at the Tiger Pit. Sophomore Brittany Smith scored a game-high 18 points and dished out six assists as the Lady Texans picked up their 10th win in the last 11 contests. Levelland native Elizabeth Cera shot 50 percent from the field knocking down four 3-balls in the contest and finished the game with 14 points in 31 minutes of action.
  • Lady Texans set for Region V Tournament in Lubbock
    March 06, 2017
    LEVELLAND—Ranked sixth in the country in the latest NJCAA polls, the South Plains College Lady Texans will look to continue their winnings ways at the Region V tournament on March 8-11 at Frenship High School's Tiger Pit. South Plains enters the tournament as the No. 2 seed out of the west and will tipoff at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8 against No. 3 seed out of the North in Ranger College. The Lady Texans have won nine of their last 10 including a 4-0 mark to end the regular season.
  • Lady Texans down Western Texas 74-61 to improve to 26-4 on Thursday night
    March 02, 2017
    LEVELLAND—Jasauen Beard scored 15 points and the No. 6 Lady Texans placed three other scorers in double figures en route to a 74-61 victory over Western Texas College on Thursday night at the Texan Dome. South Plains picked up its ninth win in the last 10 contests and improved to 26-4 on the year and 11-3 in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference. 12s were wild on Thursday night as sophomores Yanina Inkina, Taylor Holley and Brittany each scored 12 points in the trio's final game at the Texan Dome.
  • Inkina's season-high 26 points leads Lady Texans past Clarendon 81-55.
    February 23, 2017
    LEVELLAND—Yanina Inkina scored a season-high 26 points as the No. 7 South Plains College Lady Texans downed Clarendon 81-55 to improve to 10-3 in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference on Thursday night at the Texan Dome. "I was able to hit some shots outside, and my teammates helped me find some good shots tonight," Inkina said. "We were trying to move the ball quickly on offense and make plays. You never know when you'll have a game like this, and I was just trying to stay focused and take good shots. I felt pretty good in the first half and just tried to help out my team."
  • Lady Texans show poise in 67-57 victory over Howard on Monday night
    February 20, 2017
    BIG SPRING—Elizabeth Cera scored 17 points while Yanina Inkina bucketed 16 and went 6-for-6 from the charity stripe as the No. 7 South Plains College Lady Texans downed Howard 67-57 on Monday night to improve to 24-4 on the year and 9-3 in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference. Sophomore Brittany Smith chipped in 13 points over 39 minutes and Jasauen Beard finished with 12 points and 8 boards. The Lady Texans have won seven of their last eight dating back to Jan. 19. "Everything was working for us tonight and we're just trying to keep getting better," Inkina said. "Every game from here on out is very important for us, and every win gets us closer to the regional tournament. We know teams are going to play at a high level against us, and we're supposed to win every game. Howard is a really good shooting team, so we just worked hard defensively against a really good team."
  • Beards' 22 points leads No. 7 Lady Texans past No. 4 NMJC 66-55 Monday night
    February 13, 2017
    LEVELLAND—South Plains College women's basketball coach Cayla Petree thrives on the underdog mentality. It can seem somewhat odd at times simply because the second-year Lady Texans head coach has won seemingly everywhere she's been. That trend hasn't faltered this season, either, as coach Petree has her team ranked seventh in the country in the latest NJCAA polls, amassing a 23-4 season record including an 8-3 record in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference.
  • No. 7 Lady Texans fall to No. 3 Odessa 53-51 Thursday night in Odessa
    February 09, 2017
    ODESSA—In a contest between two of the countries' top women's basketball programs, the No. 7 South Plains College Lady Texans fell to the No. 3 Odessa College Lady Wranglers 53-51 on Thursday night. After South Plains' Joneva Huey hit the second of a pair of three throws to put the Lady Texans up 51-50, the Lady Wranglers pushed the ball to the top of the key, ending with a long 3-pointer from Mariah McCully with 2.9 seconds remaining.
  • Lady Texans drum Frank Phillips 80-68 Monday night to set up conference showdown with Odessa on Thursday
    February 06, 2017
    BORGER—Elizabeth Cera scored 20 points and Jasauen Beard finished with 17 points and 10 boards as the No. 8 South Plains College Lady Texans downed Frank Phillips College 80-68 on Monday night to improve to 22-3 on the year and 7-2 in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference. "I thought we did a good job of controlling the runs in the game," South Plains head coach Cayla Petree said." We came out pretty hot, and obviously with our depth right now we got a little tired, but I thought we did a good job of controlling the pace. We didn't get too high or too low and played pretty solid."
  • Cera scores 25, Smith buckets 22 to lead No. 8 Lady Texans past No. 19 Midland 91-57 Thursday night
    February 02, 2017
    LEVELLAND—Elizabeth Cera scored 25 points while Brittany Smith finished with 22 points and eight assists as the No. 8 South Plains College Lady Texans pummeled the No. 19 Midland College Lady Chaps 91-57 on Thursday night at the Texan Dome. "We just wanted to come out and get a win," Smith said. "In the first game against them I got ejected, and I was just trying to come back with focus and the right mindset to help out my team. My teammates did a great job finding me for open shots, and it feels good to get this win. Our shots were falling and we were doing a good job of taking clean shots. We just used the personnel that our coaches give us and used it to our advantage."
  • Strong second half pushes No. 8 Lady Texans past Western Texas 46-41 Monday night
    January 30, 2017
    SNYDER—The No. 8 South Plains College Lady Texans used a 24-14 second half to down the Western Texas College Lady Westerners 46-41 on Monday night to improve to 20-3 on the year and 5-2 in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference. Elizabeth Cera led the Lady Texans with 12 points in 24 minutes of action, while Jasauen Beard finished with 10 points and six rebounds. Dabrasia Baty racked up nine points, nine rebounds and six assists over 34 minutes, while Brittany Smith totaled six points and hauled in 11 boards. "We knew we had to change our game in the second half and play with more focus," Baty said. "We didn't play well in the first half and had too many unforced turnovers. We turned it around, and it all started on defense. Western Texas came out and gave us a fight, but we fought back and won the game, and that's all that matters at the end of the day."
  • Baty's 15 points leads No. 8 Lady Texans past Clarendon 70-53 Monday Night
    January 23, 2017
    CLARENDON—Sophomore guard Dabrasia Baty wanted to see a different mentality on the defensive end from her team in the second half. Carrying just a two-point lead in the locker room after two quarters, the No. 8 Lady Texans showed their true colors in the final 20 minutes, outscoring Clarendon 45-30 in the second half en rout to a 70-53 conference road win at the Bulldog Gymnasium on Monday night.
  • Inkina's 20 points leads #8 Lady Texans past Howard 60-54 on Thursday night
    January 19, 2017
    LEVELLAND—The eighth-ranked South Plains College Lady Texans picked up a crucial 60-54 home conference victory over Howard College on Thursday night at the Texan Dome to improve to 18-3 on the year and 3-2 in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference. Yanina Inkina led all scorers with 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting in 21 minutes of action. Sophomore Brittany Smith totaled nine points, five rebounds and four assists for South Plains, while Dabrasia Baty chipped in seven points and dished out five over 31 minutes. Jasauen Beard and Elizabeth Cera each scored six points.
  • Lady Texans fall to NMJC 70-61 Thursday in Hobbs
    January 12, 2017
    HOBBS—The No. 5 South Plains College Lady Texans fell to the No. 7 New Mexico Junior College Lady Thunderbirds 70-61 on Thursday night at the Caster Activity Center. Jasauen Beard led the Lady Texans offensively with 16 points and three steals in 30 minutes of action. Brittany Smith bucketed 15 points and four boards for South Plains (17-3, 2-2) while Yanina Inkina chipped in 10 points over 25 minutes.
  • #7 Lady Texans fall to #2 Odessa 79-72 Monday night at the Dome
    January 09, 2017
    LEVELLAND—Despite a valiant second half comeback, the seventh-ranked South Plains College Lady Texans were unable to overcome a 14-point halftime deficit and fell to the second-ranked Odessa College Lady Wranglers 79-72 on Monday night at the Texan Dome.
  • #7 Lady Texans set to host #2 Odessa Monday night
    January 06, 2017
    LEVELLAND—Home court advantage has been kind to the seventh-ranked South Plains College women's basketball team this season. To be fair, it really hasn't mattered where the Lady Texans have suited up, as they have won 17 straight games dating back to Nov 4. — 11 at the Texan Dome — six on the road.
  • #7 Lady Texans improve to 16-1 following a 80-61 shellacking of Scottsdale Community College on Friday
    December 30, 2016
    SCOTTSDALE, Arizona—The seventh ranked South Plains College Lady Texans improved to 16-1 on the year and 3-0 in the Bill Culver Memorial Classic with an 80-61 shellacking of Scottsdale Community College on Friday afternoon. South Plains has now won 16 consecutive games dating back to Nov. 4. "It's a great feeling to go 3-0 in this tournament, but it's also a feeling that you don't want go get comfortable," said Beard, who finished with 23 points and recorded her 12th double-double on Friday. "This shows what we know what we're capable of, but at the same time because we don't want to get comfortable and let up."
  • #7 Lady Texans give Mesa first loss of season with 70-57 victory on Thursday in Scottsdale
    December 29, 2016
    SCOTTSDALE, Arizona—Every win is to be celebrated. Quality wins are just that much sweeter. The South Plains College Lady Texans picked up their 15th consecutive victory dating back to Nov. 4 following a 70-57 drumming over the previously unbeaten Mesa Community College Lady Thunderbirds on Thursday in the second round of the Bill Culver Memorial Classic at Scottsdale Community College.
  • #7Lady Texans improve to 14-1 with a 61-54 victory over Phoenix College on Wednesday
    December 28, 2016
    SCOTTSDALE, Arizona—The seventh ranked South Plains College Lady Texans improved their win streak to 14 on Wednesday night following a 61-54 victory over Phoenix College in the opening round of the Bill Culver Memorial Classic at Scottsdale Community College. Sophomore Jasauen Beard led all scorers with 15 points, nine of which game in the final 20 minutes. Brittany Smith totaled 14 points for South Plains while Yanina Inkina finished with 12. Madeline Dorris dominated on the interior for the Lady Texans as the freshman from Weatherford, Texas totaled nine points
  • Inkina's 16 points leads the No. 7 Lady Texans to a 68-30 rout of Otero
    December 13, 2016
    LEVELLAND, Texas—The No. 7 South Plains College Lady Texans rode Yanina Inkina's 16-point performance to a 68-30 rout of Otero College to improve to 13-1 on Tuesday night at the Texan Dome. Tuesday's win closes out a spectacular first half of the season for the Lady Texans as they picked up their 13th consecutive victory dating back to Nov. 4. The newly released NJCAA rankings were announced at roughly 3:50 p.m. on Tuesday, as the Lady Texans moved up from No. 9 to No. 7 in the country.
  • No. 9 Lady Texans throttle Hill College 63-49 to improve to 12-1 on Monday night
    December 12, 2016
    LEVELLAND, Texas—12 straight. Yanina Inkina scored 19 points and Elizabeth Cera finished with 16 as the No. 9 South Plains College Lady Texans throttled Hill College 63-49 to improve to 12-1 on the year on Monday night at the Texan Dome. Monday's win marks 12 consecutive for the Lady Texans dating back to Nov. 4.
  • #9 Lady Texans use strong second half to down Garden City 69-50 on Sunday
    December 11, 2016
    LEVELLAND, Texas—Elizabeth Cera finished with 16 points and Felicia Jackson chipped in 12 as the No. 9 South Plains College Lady Texans improved to 11-1 on the year following a 69-50 drumming of Garden City Community College on Sunday at the Texan Dome. "We didn't come out very focused in the first half," Cera said. "We know that they beat us last year, and we couldn't let that happen again. We tried to fix the things we were doing in the first half and come out and play better in the second half."
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