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Texada big in Wildcats’ win over TCU

By Brady Bauman

For the second straight game, sophomore guard Haley Texada was the offensive engine for the Kansas State women’s basketball team.

Texada, who posted a career-high 21 points after being sick most of the day preceding the loss at KU Wednesday, scored 22 points in Saturday night’s 59-58 win against TCU in Bramlage Coliseum.

She also played 36 minutes.

“She really just fought her way,” K-State head coach Deb Patterson said. “There were times you could see she was pretty tired and a little bit fatigued, especially when their zone wore us down a little bit — especially on the perimeter when you’re trying to find passing angles and looking to move the ball — but I thought she really stayed mentally in-tune and did a great job and found rhythm shots for us late.”

Patterson acknowledged Texada’s ability to grind though the extended minutes and to shoulder the scoring load.

“You know, for a young player, to stick in it like she did and to produce those kind of numbers was really impressive,” Patterson said. “She wasn’t getting a lot of rest, and you really have to press mentally to stay that in-tune, especially when the team as a whole is not dropping down a lot of shots.”

Texada was 8-of-15 from the field, 4-of-10 from beyond the arc and 2-of-4 from the free throw line. But, her game didn’t end with scoring. She also posted four assists, four rebounds, a block and a steal.

In a four-day span, Texada, who stands at 5-foot-7 and has slick moves with the ball in her hands, has totaled 43 points.

“I really can’t explain it,” Texada said about her week. “I just try to go out there and do as best as I can to do whatever it takes to win. It has been a tough week, though.

“We had KU earlier and TCU tonight. KU took a lot of energy, and I think I can say that for everybody. I think you just have to turn around and come back off of that loss and get ready for TCU, which we did. We needed to win this home game.”

Texada added that the offensive style that has emerged this season has found a way to benefit her.

“(It’s) definitely (been) the ball movement,” she said. “Moving the ball really quickly gets the defense moving. Once the defense gets moving around, they get pretty tired and it opens gaps.”

Texada, who is familiar with the Horned Frogs being a Frisco, Texas, native, went into Saturday night’s game second in scoring for the Wildcats with 12.6 points per game.

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