More the 40 JUCO programs from Texas, Louisiana, Iowa, Kansas, Colorado, Arkansas and Oklahoma were on hand to gain some exposure and experience at the showcase.
Approximately 225 four-year college and universities had coaches in attendance to find a prospective player or two that might fit their needs back home.
The showcase was CBC’s first exposure to the level of competition they will experience in NJCAA Division I women’s basketball this year.
The Cougars played three scrimmages of 24-minute halves in which the score was reset at the beginning of each half. The Cougars outscored their opponents in two of the six halves and remained in striking distance (within a 10-point margin) in the other four halves.
The experience was invaluable to the first year Cougars. The 2013-14 season will be the first year of existence for the Beeville squad, and they will need to gain as much floor time against top competition as possible in their preseason scrimmages.
“Last weekend’s JUCO Showcase was a great learning experience for this new program. The majority of this team has not previously participated or even observed women’s basketball at that level; thus, they were a bit intimidated by the other teams’ size and speed at first,” said Cougar head coach April Bruene.
“However, they quickly overcame that intimidation and revealed their ‘scrappy’ nature. Additionally, the showcase was the perfect opportunity to introduce CBC’s new program to a large audience.”
The team will be back in Dallas this weekend to participate in the Southwest Association of Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Super Scrimmage.
CBC high scorers at the Oct. 11 showcase were: Briana Williams - 18 points, An’Jonae Woodson - 18 points, J.J. Hernandez - 12 points, Deizarae McCoy - 12 points, Ashlon Gaines - 10 points and Jasmine Gomez - 10 points. Krystal Cuellar added eight points with Dominque Davila hitting for five markers. Maria Moncada had four points.