TEXARKANA, Texas — Texas A&M-Texarkana held a Senior Day ceremony for the women's basketball prhogram, for the first time in school history Saturday afternoon.
The Lady Eagles beat the Louisiana State University—Alexandria Lady Generals at the Patterson Center in a Red River Athletic Conference game, 96-70.
Haylee Washington was honored in TAMU-T's inaugural Senior Day.
Washington contributed 15 points and eight rebounds for the Eagles in the win.
"Haylee has been a soldier for us," TAMU-T head coach Kevin Dobbs said. "She does all the dirty work for our team. I've been so lucky to have her for two years.
"All of our kids make good grades, so it's not question why we have so many academic All-Americans."
TAMU-T started the final period with a 20-point edge and continued to mount the points on the Generals until the final whistle.
Kelsey Thaxton led the Generals with 20 points and teammate Maddie Smith added 17 points.
Raegan Ojoro finished with 10 points for LSU-A.
"They have two or three really good players from that team last year," Dobbs said. "They beat us by 30 last year with that team twice. It's not that they're not good, it's just they don't have much depth right now.
"That was one of our sloppiest offensive performances all season and you look up, we scored 96 points. I can't complain."
Fouke's Taylor Hardin drained a trey in front of the home bench with 6:50 left in the quarter, adding to the Eagles cushion, 49-41.
Hardin ended the game with seven points for TAMU-T.
TAMU-T's platoon substitution system kept the Generals on their heels.
When LSU-A would go on a scoring run, the Eagles would send in five fresh legs to take on the defensive task.
Morgan Strawder stoked a LSU-A pass and went the length of the court for a layup, ballooning the Eagle lead to nine, 55-46.
Strawder added 14 points for the Eagles during the game.
Ashley Dykes hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer, giving the Eagles a 20-point lead heading into the final period, 68-48.
Dykes collected four rebounds and three points for the Eagles.
Victoria Hill added 10 points and Naomi Tekleab scored a team-high 16 points for TAMU-T.
Taylor Howell crossed the LSU-A defender at the top of the key for a layup, giving TAMU-T its first lead of the game, 24-23.
The Eagles were able to add to their cushion by forcing LSU-A turnovers in the first two periods.
The Generals committed 14 turnovers in the first half.
The Eagles held their largest lead of the night at intermission, 44-32.
The Eagles and Generals traded buckets to open the first period, 8-8.
Yasmine Arogunjo stole a Generals' pass at the half-court line, crossing two LSU-A defenders for a layup, cutting the Generals' lead to one, 15-14.
Arogunjo added 15 points and eight rebounds for the Eagles in the game.
"Next season, we won't have any seniors," Dobbs said. "We have a lot of youth on our team, so I hope we're here to stay."