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Celts Fall to HBU, Loyola During Break
Gaby GuzmanThe University of St. Thomas women’s basketball team took the floor twice over Thanksgiving break dropping two tough nonconference matches to NCAA Division-1 team Houston Baptist University and to National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics member Loyola University.

On Wednesday, Nov. 21, the Celts traveled across town to play an exhibition against HBU. The Celts battled hard but ultimately lost 63-60. Notable performances include Hershiira Boone-Rodgers with 14 points and eight assists, Amber Arceneaux-Francis with a double-double of 11 points and 16 rebounds, and Maghen Lormand contributed 10 points. Taylor Mitchell came off the bench to play her best minutes of the young season chipping in 11 points and eight rebounds.

“It’s a shame we didn’t win the game because so many of our girls played great basketball tonight,” Head Coach Mike Ricks said. “I am especially pleased with how well Taylor played. She had great numbers, but what you don’t see in the box score is how much of an impact her defense had on the game. She really made a difference tonight.”

The Celts then traveled to New Orleans for a Saturday afternoon game against Loyola University. After jumping out to an early lead, Loyola never looked back en route to a 74-59 victory. Arceneaux-Francis and Gaby Guzman set the pace with 14 points apiece while Boone-Rodgers contributed 13 points and seven assists. 

“Shorty (Boone-Rodgers) played two very good games this week,” Ricks said. “Her scoring is up, her assists are up and her turnovers are down. She wants to win, and she is backing it up with her play.”

Ricks said the Celts dive head first into Red River Athletic Conference play this week knowing they have a lot of work to do. 

“We have played well in stretches so far this season, but it hasn’t been enough” Ricks said. “We have to keep getting better if we want to accomplish our goals. Both the players and the coaches are committed to the process. We have a hard working group and seeing that work come to fruition has been and will continue to be a rewarding feeling.”

The Celts travel to Our Lady of the Lake University for a game at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 29 in San Antonio, Texas. The game will be broadcast live on Premier Sports Network. Download the full viewing schedule here.

Pictured: Gaby Guzman

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