Maroon & White game opens season
Starters gain confidence during match, Blair says
Published: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 22:10
The Texas A&M women’s basketball team unofficially tipped off its 2013 season Wednesday night at Reed Arena with the annual Maroon & White Scrimmage as the starters squared off against the second team and the men’s practice unit.
Head coach Gary Blair said he saw development from his starters throughout the game.
“I think the kids were a little nervous early because the other team knows exactly what we’re running,” Blair said. “They were in the passing lanes and we just have to do a better job of executing because the teams we play this year, they know what we run.”
Behind Jordan Jones, sophomore co-captain and starting point guard, who scored a team-best 15 points in the Maroon’s 76-56 win over the White, the offense has evolved into a more fast-paced system, built on distribution and screens to create open space in the half-court model.
Jones said her role in the new system was exciting as it gives her an opportunity to showcase her abilities while also finding teammates with ease.
“I feel like we have a lot of players who are more get up and go,” Jones said. “Our offensive ability is very capable of scoring in half court and full court, so our conditioning level is pretty high this year compared to last year and with the team we have we’ll be able to be pretty effective.”
In the post, senior co-captain Karla Gilbert has taken over the void left by Kelsey Bone, who was drafted fifth overall in the WNBA Draft by the New York Liberty after she chose to forego her senior season.
Gilbert, the sole captain over the summer before being joined by Jones and senior guard Kristen Grant just before Wednesday’s scrimmage, said she has high expectations for the season and looks forward to the upcoming challenges.
“I feel like we definitely have a lot of potential going on,” Gilbert said. “We have a lot of team chemistry and I’m really excited for the season. I’m eager to go ahead and get the season started. We’ve been working hard since summertime and I think we’ll be really good and have a lot of high expectations.”