Lexy Bennett

Softball Review

The Longhorns were able to tame the bear this time around. After losing their first game of the series to conference rival Baylor, the Longhorns took this second game with ease on Tuesday night.

In the 7-3 win, Texas proved how strong of a team it is. While giving up seven hits and hitting 11 themselves, they were able to out power Baylor late in the game.

After five innings, the Longhorns were down. Baylor took the lead early with a 1-0 stand through the first two innings. When the Longhorns finally got some production in the third, the Bears responded with two more runs of their own to keep the lead by one. It wasn’t until the sixth inning when the true Texas team came out.

Two of the Longhorns leaders all season took their role as Lexy Bennett and Taylor Hoagland both hit home runs to knock in four runs. Hoagland, who was just named co-Big 12 Player of the Week, hit a home run with one runner on base, knocking in two runs to give the Longhorns the lead. Bennett, just two batters later, followed up with an almost identical home run, tallying another two runs to give the team a three-run lead.

It was a record tying and breaking day for the Longhorns. Hoagland, after hitting her home run in the sixth, tied her personal record for home runs in a season with 15.

Then senior Bennett broke a record herself, setting the new UT single season record for RBIs with her 51st last night. She took the accolade from Loryn Johnson, who graduated in 2009.

Finally, Brejae Washington set a new Texas career mark with her 63rd stolen base, passing the previous record of 62 set by Desiree Williams (2005-2009).

This was a much better game for the Texas team after their last game with Baylor ended in a loss. The eight inning game came in a period of the season for the Longhorns in which they had lost four out of their last seven, their first real period of losing this season. Tonight, however, Texas tied up the series with a win.

Texas will continue with Big 12 play this week when they face rivals Oklahoma in a three game series in Norman, Okla. There are only four games left for the Longhorns and they look to finish strong. A strong finish for the team can push the team into convincing postseason play, where they look to make a far run into the NCAA Women’s College World Series. 

Printed on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 as: Longhorns score five unanswered runs in record-breaking win over Baylor

Senior second baseman, the third overall pick in this year’s National Pro Fastpitch League draft, leads Texas with a .408 batting average.

Photo Credit: Rebeca Rodriguez | Daily Texan Staff

This weekend marks softball’s final installment of the State Farm Lone Star Showdown and for the century-old rivalry. The Longhorns will travel to College Station Friday afternoon to play the first game of the series on the road against the Aggies. Saturday, both teams will head over to Red and Charline McCombs field to play the rest of the series in Austin.

The highly anticipated game will be aired nationally on ESPN2. The No 5. Longhorns are ranked second in the Big 12 with a conference record of 11-5 and have a one-game advantage over the Aggies who have an 11-6 conference record.

The Aggies are ranked 14th in the country and are 31-14 on the season. They are led by junior Mel Dumezich, who was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week last week.

During their last meeting, the Aggies won 5-1 against the Longhorns in College Station May 2011.

Longhorns take advantage of momentum surges to win games

No matter if they are up, down or tied, the Longhorns have effectively fed off of each other, utilizing momentum at the plate. They have at least 10 innings so far this season in which they have scored at least five runs — a rare feat in softball.
“When one person on our team hits, the energy starts going. It’s a domino effect,” said senior Courtney Craig.

The most ideal inning for these momentum swings is the fifth inning — a time when the Longhorns have warmed up enough in the game but early enough to not put the game in jeopardy. They have scored 55 runs in the fifth inning alone so far this season — most of them as part of comebacks.

“Teams have been scoring before us, and we’ve stayed calm. We don’t let it get to us,” said junior Torie Schmidt.

The most recent momentum surge came in a 13-6 win in Lawrence, Kan. where the Longhorns utilized a seven-run inning to secure the win against the Jayhawks.

Senior trio fulfills expectations

Seniors Lexy Bennett, Nadia Taylor and Craig, who were appointed as team captains earlier this year, have proven themselves to be invaluable to the Longhorns’ success this year.

Bennett, who recently was drafted third overall in the National Fast Pitch Pro Draft, has become a Top 25 finalist for National Player of the Year for the Amateur Softball Association. Her .408 batting average and 49 RBIs lead the potent Texas offense and she has 51 hits and 38 runs so far this season. In February, the second baseman was named Player of the Week for the Big 12 Conference for the third time in her career. Bennett is ninth in the country for RBIs and owns the career RBI record at Texas with 147. She also has the highest career batting average at Texas with .379.

As a third baseman, Taylor, along with Bennett, has been an important component in the infield and at the plate for Texas. Taylor has started all but three games in four years at Texas, most of them at third base, although she has contributed as designated player for the Longhorns. Twice this season Taylor has been named Big 12 Player of the week, most recently last week for her performances against Texas Tech and Kansas where she went .800 at the plate.

Despite struggling with injuries last year, designated player Courtney Craig hasn’t let anything stop her this season. Her .352 career batting average ranks third in the Texas record books and she is second on the team this season with 35 RBIs and third with 43 hits. As a freshman in 2009, Craig also dabbled in the circle and pitched 4 and 2/3 innings for the Longhorns, earning a 3.00 ERA.

“These three have earned the trust of their teammates, they’ve walked the walk and they have the ear of their team,” said Texas head coach Connie Clark.

Printed on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 as:Horns set to square off against rival Aggies

Despite a few hiccups during the past two weeks that have handed the Longhorns twice as many losses as they had amassed all season, Texas still sits as one of the top college programs in the country.

This weekend the No 5. Longhorns will have a chance to avenge recent losses to Baylor and Missouri with a home series against the Oklahoma State Cowgirls. Texas is currently 35-6 on the season and 9-4 in Big 12 play.

Not only are they ranked fifth in several major national polls, but the Longhorns are also enjoying other national recognitions across the team.

Senior second baseman Lexy Bennett, who was selected third overall in the 2012 National Pro Fastpitch professional draft, holds two national rankings in major categories. Bennett is second in sacrifice flies with five on the season and ninth in RBIs per game with 1.23 RBIs per game.

The senior leads the team in batting average with .424 and RBIs on the season with 49. In game one against Missouri, Bennett broke the Texas career RBI record with her 140th RBI. Going into the weekend series against Oklahoma State, Bennett has 147 RBIs with at least a month left in the season.

It was also announced that Bennett is a top 25 finalist for National Player of the year for the Amateur Softball Association of America.

Junior standout pitcher Blaire Luna is also nationally ranked for her performances for the Longhorns. Luna is ranked third in strikeouts per seven inning game. She has 170 total strikeouts so far this season and has averaged an impressive 10.7 strikeouts per game. With 885 career strikeouts, Luna sits in third place at Texas. She has a year to improve her standing; however, former Longhorn Legend Cat Osterman has 2265 career strikeouts and is in first place.

Taylor Hoagland, who made national headlines last year as a member of the USA Softball Women’s National Team team, is 15th in runs scored per game. The junior outfielder has averaged 1.1 runs scored per game this season for a team leading total of 44 runs scored this season.

The team as a whole holds top spots in several major categories. The powerful Texas offense, which has been a major factor for most of the season, is ranked second in batting average with an average of .348 on the season and seventh in scoring with an average of 7.05 runs scored per game played.

They are also ranked seventh in team slugging percentage with .552 percentage on the season. Sophomore Karina Scott leads the team in slugging percentage with .795 percent. The Texas offense is also ranked 13th in stolen bases with an average of 1.88 stolen bases per game. Sophomore Brejae Washington has a team high 22 stolen bases on the season out of 27 attempts. The team as a whole has stolen 76 bases so far this season out of 93 attempts.

If there’s one thing the Longhorns can say they definitely have, it’s leadership. The 32-2 team exudes composure not only from their seniors but from all of their players.

The Longhorns have a total of eight upperclassmen, including three seniors. All are important leaders on and off the field. While it is great to have veteran leaders, the younger players from Texas are also learning to take the reigns.

The biggest sign of leadership on the team comes from senior captain Lexy Bennett, the second baseman who showed this in the team’s first game of the home stand against Missouri on Thursday. As Texas took the 9-5 victory Thursday night, Bennett broke the school’s career RBI record. Going into Thursday night’s game, she was tied for the record with Loryn Johnson (2007-10) at 139 but took the lead in the sixth inning when she tallied one more RBI.

Bennett has always been a strong presence on the team. While starting out a little shy, she has grown to be where she is now.

“It’s been fun to see her really grow into being a captain and just becoming more vocal,” said head coach Connie Clark. “No doubt she was always somebody who led by example through work ethic or just her athletic abilities from day one as a freshman.”

A common characteristic said about Bennett is her competitive spirit, which has helped carry the team. Even her teammates and fellow captains notice the enthusiasm she brings.

“Lexy is a great competitor period,” said co-captain Courtney Craig. “You can tell she is just very focused on the games and very focused in the dugout. She is always telling you little tips for you to progress [and allows you] to do better in the game. She is a great team player with great competitive spirit. She gives her all in every game, every at bat, every pitch, just all the time — just 100 percent great.”

Now while her time at Texas is almost over, she has definitely made her mark on the program. Not only has she broken records all season long, her name is now at the top of the Texas softball program with the most RBI’s, and her career isn’t quite over yet.

Bennett is definitely not the only leader on the team. Junior Blaire Luna has consistently been a presence for the Longhorns. While gaining her 13th win of the season in Thursday’s game, the Austin native has been a huge part of the success the team has had this season.

In her start versus the Tigers, she tallied eight strikeouts, giving up only seven hits. The All-American pitcher has continued all season to lead the pitching staff and lead the Texas defense to give up very few runs.

There’s much to say about the Longhorns, who are on track to have one of their best seasons yet. However one thing that can’t be denied is the leadership that surrounds the team. On and off the field, all players contribute to proving just how good they are.

Printed on Friday, April 6, 2012 as: Bennett guiding Texas, veterans show leadership

To Lexy Bennett, the team’s performance comes way before her own — so much so the senior doesn’t even know she is moving up in the career charts and is on pace to be in the top spots upon Texas softball players.

The Kingwood native is currently tied for fifth for career hits at Texas and tied for sixth in home runs. In the 2012 season she leads the team with a .512 batting average, recording a total of 21 hits in 41 at bats. While having an on base percentage of .585 percent and striking out only two times this season so far, she is a huge asset for the Longhorns offensive strike.

This isn’t new for Bennett though. In 2011 she led the Big 12 in batting average, slugging percentage and on base percentage while setting a UT single-season record for all three categories. While leading the Longhorns in hits last season she is already on track to surpass that this season.

Wednesday night Texas shut out Texas State twice in a doubleheader. In those two games Bennett batted in three runs while scoring three also. The captain also hit her 27th career home run and moved her RBI total up to 23 on the season, where she is fifth in UT history.

Bennett has been a key leader for the Longhorns this season, being one of three senior captains. Instead of focusing on herself and her memorable season, she is focused on making sure the team is getting better and staying mentally focused.

“It is good; actually it is news to me [on moving up in the career stats],” said Bennett. “I think it is exciting, but more importantly, it is about getting the job done.”

Coming off a challenging weekend in California the right-handed batter wanted the team to stay strong through their doubleheader.

As her team moved to 14-1 on the season, Bennett was impressed with their great overall play as a team.

“Our defense is strong right now and our pitching staff is doing incredible,” said Bennett. “Having our offense produce as well is really good. I think we are doing a great job right now.”

While on her way to one of her best seasons here at UT and becoming on of the best Texas softball players Bennett is focused on her team. With 15 games in the record books so far this season she is trying to propel her team to be the best in the country. For her, that can only happen one game at a time and one at bat at a time.

Printed on Thursday, March 1, 2012 as: Bennett leads team, continues hot streak

Freshman pitcher Gabby Smith (18) delivers a pitch against Texas State. Smith leads the Longhorns with a 0.00 ERA in 15 innings of work.

Photo Credit: Zen Ren | Daily Texan Staff

They made it look easy. After a grueling five-game stretch that consisted of three ranked teams, the No. 6 Longhorns cruised through a double header against in-state rival Texas State.

Texas started off the night with a quick 5-0 shutout victory against the Bobcats and finished similar fashion with another 7-0 shutout. With the wins, Texas improved to 14-1 on the season as it head into a three-game series against Sam Houston State this weekend.

“I think we wanted to stay strong. We came off of a hard week in California,” said senior second baseman Lexy Bennett. “It is a grind going into yesterday’s practice just coming off of traveling and then having a double header tonight. It is pretty tough on our bodies. I think pushing and finishing were important and trying to stay consistent through the two games.”

Junior right-hander Blaire Luna led off in the circle for the Longhorns in game one. Luna registered 13 strikeouts and only gave up one hit through almost six innings of work. Junior Kim Bruins came in as relief in the sixth inning, but the win went to Luna, who is now 6-0 on the season.

Although wild pitching, hit batters and other such abnormalities contributed to the Texas score, the Texas offense still was as sharp as it’s been all season. Bennett once again lived up to hype by powering her fourth home run of the season deep over left field. The offense ended game one with nine hits in total.

In game two, freshman pitcher Gabby Smith started off in the circle for just over four innings before sophomore Rachel Fox came in as relief. Smith has not given up a run all season — she has pitched just over 15 scoreless innings and leads the team in ERA at 0.00. Fox was credited with the win.

In 14 innings, the Texas offense did not let up steam. The Longhorns had nine hits in the second game bring the night’s total to 18. Senior outfielder Courtney Craig led the offense through game going 2-for-4 with four RBI. Craig also logged her second home run of the season. Junior outfielder Taylor Hoagland also had a successful night with three hits and two runs scored.

“Hoagland specifically stands out in my mind tonight,” Texas head coach Connie Clark said. “She hit the ball hard tonight but did not have a lot to show for it, but that is part of the game. Overall, I thought we stayed consistent. We never settled for the runs on the scoreboard. We just kept competing offensively.”

So far this season, the Longhorns have outscored their opponents 103-19. With their home runs this evening, Bennett and Craig are tied in the Texas record books at sixth for career home runs.

“I think it is exciting,” Bennett said of all the recognition she, as well as the team, has earned. “But more importantly, it is about getting the job done.”

Printed on Thursday, March 1, 2012 as: Texas takes doubleheader from Bobcats

Junior Blaire Luna, #12, throws a powerful pitch.

Photo Credit: Zen Ren | Daily Texan Staff

It has been two weeks since their season started, and already the Longhorns are playing like it is May. The No. 8 Longhorns have posted an 8-0 record already this season while outscoring their opponents 74-9. Their performance has not gone unnoticed — in addition to setting two school records so far this year, this team has received recognition on both the national and conference levels.

Junior All-American Blaire Luna was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week this week for her performance in the circle. She has won nine career conference awards in total. The right-hander has a season ERA of 0.29 and 43 strikeouts so far this season. Luna leads the only still undefeated Big 12 pitching staffs this year. Senior infielder Lexy Bennett was named Big 12 Player of the Week last week and has a conference high batting average of .609 with a team leading 14 hits and 15 RBIs. Bennett is the star presence on the conference’s top performing offense so far this season.

On the national stage, junior Taylor Hoagland, who spent last summer touring with the USA National Softball team, was named along with both Luna and Bennett to the watch list for the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year award.

“This team has what it takes,” said senior outfielder Courtney Craig. “We have worked hard on and off the field. All of our minds are set to get further than we have ever gotten before, and we are controlling everything that we can control.”

For a team that has been putting up staggering numbers thus far, it is surprising that they started the season ranked so low. In January, national polls had listed the Longhorns at 18/19 overall and experts have slated them to finish third in the Big 12, one of the strongest conferences for softball in the country. Less than a week after the season had begun, the Longhorns had already jumped five spots to 13 overall. This week, going into their third tournament in three weeks, the Longhorns sit at eight.

“It definitely puts a little more fuel in the fire,” Craig said about being seen as an underdog at the start of the season. “We really don’t look at numbers on this team, though. We know what we are capable of, and we know how far we want to go this year.”

Even when they are down, which has not been often, the Longhorns exhibit the necessary maturity and motivation to come up with the win.

Last Sunday, against the University of Tennessee, Texas struggled to come from behind and maintain a lead for the first time all season. During the bottom of the ninth and trailing by one, the Texas offense stepped out of the dugout with a fighter’s mindset. Off an in-the-park home run by sophomore center fielder Brejae Washington, the Longhorns won the game 3-2.

“After they scored and went up by one run, from there we just said. ‘Ladies, let’s go. Let’s get this thing back. Let’s keep on fighting and finish,’” Washington said. “‘We are fighters. We are not going to finish until the last pitch is thrown.’”

No longer considered a young team, the juniors and seniors who have experienced several years of early season-ending disappointment bring experience and motivation that has this year’s squad playing like the World Series is tomorrow.

“It has to be the captains and the veterans,” said freshman Gabby Smith about what is significant about this year’s team. “They are our leaders on the team, and they will hopefully lead us to go further in the postseason than the team has gone in the last few years.”
 

Preview

Lexy Bennett hurt her arm last season when she was hit by a pitch. Her return will help Texas and she said she is 100 percent healthy.

Photo Credit: Marisa Vasquez | Daily Texan Staff

Senior infielder Lexy Bennett is excited to be back on the field. Towards the end of the 2011 regular season, Bennett was forced to watch her team from the bench after a rouge pitch injured her right arm in a game against Iowa State. After turning in a .438 batting average with 57 hits and 41 RBIs last season, the senior’s presence on the field is crucial to the Longhorn’s game plan as they seek to make it to the NCAA Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla. this June.

“I am really excited to get back on the field,” Bennett said. “It was really hard for me last year, and even coming back for the regionals I was excited, but I still wasn’t 100 percent healthy. Coming back I have just been working on staying focused and staying healthy.”

Along with fellow seniors Courtney Craig and Nadia Taylor, the Kingwood, Texas native was elected as a team captain for the 2012 season. This year’s squad, along with the Texas coaching staff, will be looking to the three seniors to get them over the hump that has stood in the way of a successful postseason the past couple of years.

“These three have earned the trust of their teammates,” said Texas head coach Connie Clark. “They’ve walked the walk and they have the ear of their team.”

Prior to the start of the 2012 season, Bennett, along with juniors Blaire Luna and Taylor Hoagland, was named to the preseason watch list for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award. Last season Bennett finished in the top 25 for the award before her injury in April.

So far through six games, Bennett has lived up to preseason hype. With a .600 batting average, seven runs and 12 RBI already, Bennett was named the Big 12 Player of the Week after last week’s Texas Classic Tournament. As the Longhorns take the field for their second four-team tournament in as many weeks, Bennett will be a huge factor against the higher quality teams that will be coming to Austin this weekend.

The Longhorns will host four teams in the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational tournament this weekend. The first round starts today, with Texas playing their first contest against the University of Pittsburgh at 2 p.m. Texas will also see action against the University of Tennessee and the University of Illinois. Round robin play will continue through Saturday afternoon before a semifinal Saturday afternoon. Sunday will feature the championship and consolation games. Longhorn Network will broadcast all Texas games throughout the weekend.

“A few of the teams coming in this weekend have a lot of team speed, specifically Tennessee,” Clark said. “I am looking forward to the behaviors and making sure that we are coming out, staying pitch-to-pitch and bringing the energy. We need to control the tempo.”

Clark is hoping that having two games every day, several days in a row, will help Texas prepare for the grind of conference season and for the NCAA Women’s College World Series.

“I think we are all hungry to get back. Everyone [has] worked hard,” Bennett said. “It is time to step up and take charge.” 

Printed on Friday, February 17, 2012 as: Offense will benefit from Bennett's return after missing end of last season

Junior pitcher Blaire Luna winds up to pitch during Texas’ victory over Texas A&M Corpus-Christi. Wednesday night. Luna improved to 3-0 on the year.

Photo Credit: Nathan Goldsmith | Daily Texan Staff

After outscoring their opponents last weekend 60-0, you wouldn’t expect No. 13 Longhorns to have to rally from behind to secure a win against the Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders.

The Longhorns were down 5-4 going into the sixth inning when RBIs from senior team captains Lexy Bennett and Courtney Craig put Texas ahead. The Texas defense held the Islanders scoreless in the top of the seventh inning to secure a 6-5 victory Wednesday night at home.

“We were not as sharp as we needed to be,” said Texas head coach Connie Clark. “It will be good for us to go back to work and realize that we have to keep the energy going.”

Bennett, who went 2-for-3 Wednesday night with two hits and two RBIs, was named Big 12 Player of the Week Tuesday for her performance in the Texas Classic tournament last weekend.

Bennett, along with sophomore outfielder Brejae Washington, who had two hits, led the Texas offense Thursday.

In the bottom of the first, the Longhorns jumped to an early 3-0 lead off of several well-placed bunts, coupled with poor pitching by the Islanders. Big hits by Bennett and junior left fielder Torie Schmidt contributed to the healthy lead.

The Texas coaching staff was pleased with the bunting throughout the evening — something that had been stressing in practice since the start of the season.

“I am pleased that we got the bunt down tonight. That was something that we were trying to do all last weekend,” Clark said. “Tonight, the score was close enough that we got the opportunity to work that in. One take away from the game would be that it was a great opportunity to apply bunts from practice.”

While the Texas offense did their thing, the Texas defense struggled for the first time all season, giving up a season high 11-hits while committing two errors, a rarity in recent years for a Longhorn team. The Islanders managed to score five runs off of starting pitcher Rachel Fox, who allowed eight hits in 3.2 innings.

Freshman hurler Gabby Smith worked an inning in relief before All-American Blaire Luna finished the game.

In the top of the second, with runners on second and third base, a throwing error by junior third baseman Taylor Hoagland allowed both runners to score, cutting the Texas lead to one. After Texas scored a run in the second, the Islanders responded by scoring three times in the fourth to take a 5-4 lead — the first time the Longhorns had trailed all season. The score remained the same until Bennett and Craig pushed the go-ahead runs across in the sixth.

“We had some uncharacteristic errors tonight. We will look at the film,” Clark said. “I am looking forward to the behaviors and making sure that we are coming out, staying pitch-to-pitch, and bringing the energy. I think we did that very well last weekend, but today we did not do that as well.”

The Longhorns return to the field this weekend to host the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational.

Printed on Thursday, February 16, 2012 as: Longhorns score twice late, improve to 6-0 on season

Senior infielder Lexy Bennett was Top 25 finalist for USA Softball Colegiate Player of the Year in 2011 and hopes to make the list again this season.

Photo Credit: Elisabeth Dillon | Daily Texan Staff

To her it was her dream come true. A sport she loved, playing for a team she loved, in a city she loved. Lexy Bennett, a senior infielder on the Texas softball team, always dreamed of becoming a Longhorn. When she was 5-years-old she started playing T-ball baseball in a youth league in her hometown. She played with the boys until she was 8, and joined a softball league. Growing up in Houston, she fell in love with the Longhorns and said that visiting here on her recruiting visit was “the most exciting feeling ever.”

The physical culture and sports major was a four time all-state selection and two-time most valuable player choice in high school. In her freshman season, she started all but one game, ranking third in batting average on the team and second in hits. Her sophomore year was just as impressive, leading the team in runs scored; however, her junior year was by far the best. In 2011, she led the Big 12 in batting average, slugging percentage and on-base percentage while setting UT records in all three of those categories. A scary moment came when she was hit by a pitch against Iowa State in mid April causing her to miss the last twelve games of the regular season. That wouldn’t stop her though and she came back for the NCAA Austin Regional and is more than ready to go this year.

“It [the arm] feels pretty good right now,” Bennett said. “I got a lot of rehab and rest in the offseason. It feels strong and ready to go. I’m just trying to get back where I was before and work on seeing the ball coming from the pitcher.”

Bennett, one of the three captains on the team this year, is looking forward to a strong season. She stresses that the team needs consistency.

“We need to start strong and stay strong through the whole game,” said Bennett. “We need consistency in every inning, into every game and then carry that through the whole season.”

The Kingwood native has high expectations for her Longhorns this year. After losing the past two years in the NCAA Regionals, she wants the team to win in the regionals and make it to the championship round. She expects an overall great season with no ups and downs, but consistent winning.

On a personal level, she has set the same expectation for herself as she has for the team. She is striving for consistency in every part of the game.

“I need more consistency,” said Bennett. “I want to be good at every at bat and make the most out of them all. I also want to be a leader on and off the field and be a good team player.”

Bennett has one last season ahead of her before she departs the 40 Acres. She wants to become a first grade teacher after she graduates and is pursuing a certification to make that dream come true. Along with that she plans to continue to play softball in a professional league, keeping with the sports she always loved.

Throughout her career at UT, she has had a great time with the team. Her favorite moment during her four years at UT, so far, was when the team won the Big 12 Championship her sophomore year. She almost had to redshirt the season because of an injury to her arm but she couldn’t be happier that it didn’t come to that. Winning the Big 12 Championship that year has a special meaning to her, but she isn’t satisfied just yet. The senior is excited about her last semester and the upcoming season, and if her previous accomplishments are any indication, this season should be the best yet for her and the team.