Junior guard Meghan Braeuer averaged 9 points per game in her freshman season with Lon Morris College. The school, after facing a $20 million lawsuit, terminated the athletic department a year later, leaving Braeuer without a basketball team.
Braeuer transferred to Midland College the following year. The team finished 27-8, earned a conference championship and a berth in the Junior College National Championship Tournament. Braeuer, a Women’s Junior College Athletic Association All-Conference team selection, finished the season averaging 10.6 points and 3.1 assists.
Braeuer, now a junior, transferred to Texas State this year, her third school in three years. She was also considering South Dakota, Maine, Arkansas Tech, Long Island and Oklahoma.
“Out of high school, I wanted to play Division I basketball,” Braeuer said. “I had to take a longer road, but I finally got here. My mom told me when I signed here, ‘you finally made it.’”
The Austin native was a two-time Offensive Player of the Year at Belton High School. Her team, however, did not fare as well.
“I was on a losing team in high school every year,” Braeuer said. “I think that’s what made me a winner. I wanted to win so badly. Losing all those years, I didn’t want to do it anymore.”
Coach Zenarae Antoine said Braeuer’s success at the junior college level played a big role in the recruiting process.
“To play at the level she did at junior college and to take her team to the NJCAA’s (National Junior College Athletic Association) is huge,” Antoine said. “Those two factors alone tell you she’s a winner. If you strictly look at basketball, Meghan was playing against kids playing at the BCS level. Knowing that she can go up against that competition and hold her own is really important, and being able to do it at the level she did was huge.”
Braeuer grew up in Austin with two brothers who played basketball, while her dad coached the sport.
“My dad and I click about anything about sports,” Braeuer said. “We bump heads about basketball. We’ll say what we want to say. We don’t always agree, but I have to accept it because he knows a lot more about basketball than I do.”
Braeuer replaced sophomore guard Ayriel Anderson in the starting lineup following the Bobcats’ 16-point loss to Arkansas State. Texas State is 3-2 since the switch.
“There is a certain calm that Meghan brings,” Antoine said. “That was a big part of the decision, as well as it helping our overall rotation.”
Braeuer is averaging 7.5 points and shooting 36 percent on 3-pointers as a starter. Antoine is experimenting with three-guard lineups, incorporating senior guard Kaylan Martin, Braeuer and Anderson in the same backcourt.
“She can shoot the ball,” Antoine said. “You aren’t seeing many double teams with guards. Teams are starting to double more with post players. With Kaylan and Meghan shooting the percentage they are, it’s tougher to send defenders to (Ashley) Ezeh.”
The Bobcats have five freshmen and two redshirt players contributing this season. The team leans on Braeuer, one of five upperclassmen, to generate offense and set the tenor at practice.
“My focal point is basketball,” Braeuer said. “I need to push people in practice, make them work hard and lead by example. I need to lead the team in the right direction. I have more responsibility here.”
Braeuer, a sports management and business major, has a family history rooted in the business field.
“I haven’t decided if I wanted to leave the sports field,” Braeuer said. “I have family in the business field, and they are very successful. I know I can get help when I need it and be just as successful as they are.”