After a 12-19 overall record and seventh-place finish in the Sun Belt Conference last season, the women’s basketball team is welcoming three new faces to the court.
In addition to adding three new names to the roster, the team also had to say goodbye to three players: Raven Burns, Ayriel Anderson and Devin Gray. Burns and Anderson, who both played as Bobcats since freshman year, graduated from the program in the spring. Gray, who played her first year of college basketball with Texas State last season, won’t be returning to the maroon hardwood.
Among the three new Bobcats are Bailey and Brooke Holle, twin sisters who graduated from Westlake High School in Austin this past May.
The Holle name has been anything but unfamiliar. The two have created names for themselves by showing out on the Chaps court.
Brooke Holle, who will take Burns’ old jersey number 24 this season, was named the 2015-16 Austin-American Statesman Female Athlete of the Year. As a senior at Westlake, Brooke Holle earned Academic All-State, District Offensive MVP and was named a McDonald’s All-American nominee, all while averaging 17 points a game. Brooke Holle racked up 1,500 points in her high school career, and was Westlake’s leading scorer for three years.
Bailey Holle, who will take jersey number 33, was named District Defensive MVP during her junior and senior year of high school. Like her sister, Bailey Holle earned Academic All-State and was named a McDonald’s All-American nominee as a senior. Bailey Holle led the Chaps in steals during her last two years at Westlake.
The Holle sisters, who are both guards, were named First-Team All-Centex every season as Chaps. Together, they led Westlake to a District championship to finish out their high school careers.
The sisters are a dynamic duo, each bringing something useful to the court.
The third player joining the Bobcats this season is Zandra Emanuel, junior forward from Coastal Bend College.
While at Coastal Bend, Emanuel averaged 9.7 points and 14.8 rebounds per game while shooting around 50 percent from the field and 40 percent from beyond the arc.
Emanuel led the NJCAA Division I with a total of 428 rebounds and ranked fifth in the nation for blocks, with 83. She also ranked 36th in the country for steals, with 79.
Emanuel is a shooter who can consistently put numbers on the board, all while standing 6-foot tall and being a big force on the court for the Bobcats.
All three new players will bring assets Texas State has been lacking. Defensively and offensively, these players will do nothing but benefit the Bobcat name.