San Antonio – Mallory Moeller returned to the Rattlers’ women’s basketball bench Sunday, fresh off helping lead the volleyball team to the Heartland Conference Tournament championship over the weekend.
Only Moeller was in street clothes this time, offering little help on the hardwood against Texas A&M University-Kingsville in the St. Mary’s Classic. The volleyball team still has unfinished business in this week’s NCAA South Central Region volleyball tournament, after all.
Fortunately for the Rattlers, they have plenty of capable bodies to fill in for the preseason All-Conference pick.
Liz Boyd came off the bench to score a game-high 17 points, while Kristen Williams scored 14 and Mareta Bailey added 13 as the Rattlers routed the Javelinas 63-46 before 110 fans at Bill Greehey Arena.
The Rattlers got 25 points from their bench and led by as many as 24 points to improve to 1-1 on the young season.
“It’s just really exciting after having a tough ballgame last night,” said Bailey, a senior forward from Grand Prairie, Texas, of Saturday’s 66-62 loss to West Texas A&M. “It feels good to come out and kind of have a blowout win.”
Boyd (So., San Antonio) connected on 3 of 5 shots from 3-point range, including one during a monster run the Rattlers went on early in the contest that effectively put away the game out of the gate. Trailing 3-6 moments into the game, St. Mary’s went on a 21-2 run during the meat of the first half to take a commanding 24-8 advantage.
The Rattlers never looked back.
Felicia Jacobs (So., San Antonio) pitched in eight rounds in the contest, helping the Rattlers outrebound the Javelinas 36-31.
St. Mary’s will hit the road for a pair of games this week, first traveling to Northeastern State University (7 p.m. Thursday) before going to Southeastern Oklahoma State University (2 p.m. Saturday).