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Tipoff! Women's Basketball 2022-23 Season Preview

Intell tipoff! University of St. Thomas-Houston Women’s Basketball team is back for the 2022-2023 season! The season will feature 25 games, and 16 of those are SCAC matchups. In addition to 13 games at home in the Jerabeck Activity and Athletics Center, the team will host the SCAC vs. SAA Crossover tournament.

Women’s basketball will open their season at home against non-conference opponent University of the Southwest on November 8. After that, the team will welcome Celt Alumni for homecoming on November 12 as they take on the Arlington Baptist Patriots. Then on November 16, the Celts will fine tune their skills at home against the LeTourneau Yellowjackets before the SCAC vs. SAA Crossover Tournament.

In the SCAC vs. SAA Crossover tournament the Celts take on Birmingham Southern College and Millsaps College. These matchups are key non-conference opponents for St. Thomas as the Celts topped Birmingham Southern 93-78 last season and were edged by Millsaps 43-40.

In the SCAC, St. Thomas will look to improve from their 7th place finish. With veteran leadership and a young core coming in, the Celts have lots to build upon from last season taking wins from Centenary, Dallas and Southwestern twice.

The Celts will return Senior guard Micayla Hamilton to lead their team. After achieving second team All-Conference Honors in 2022, Hamilton contributed an outstanding 11.8 points per game. Also returning for the 2022-2023 campaign is Alexya Castillo. Castillo made nearly ⅓ of all her shots and achieved her career high in points at 23 against SCAC rival Southwestern. Senior Hayden Morin provides a different dimension to the team, specifically on defense. Morin had 25 steals last season and 3.6 rebounds per game, a category which ranks her at the top of all returners.

Head Coach Jae Cross returns for her seventh season leading UST Women’s Basketball. Under her leadership, the Celts have achieved a remarkable 78 wins, and are looking to add to that total. Furthermore, with St. Thomas officially joining NCAA Division III, an SCAC title would automatically qualify the team for the national tournament.

“We are looking forward to starting this season at home next Tuesday. Having our family, friends, and fans come to watch and support the efforts of our student athletes is always rewarding,” Coach Cross said. “We are young but have some tough and talented players who will compete hard. Watching them learn, grow and mature is going to be fun.”

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