The debut season for Tarleton women’s basketball in the WAC was solid and as successful as it could be, just lacking wins. The Texans recorded four conference wins with a sweep against Chicago State while splitting against New Mexico State and UTRGV. In defeats the program showed it was competitive with six of their ten conference losses coming by fifteen points or less. That includes three straight by a combined twenty one points. The Texans also were competitive with other mid-majors losing all other non power five non conference games by sixteen points or less.
For head coach Misty Wilson and company the next step is turning those close losses into wins.
Misty Wilson, 8th season
Overall: 122-80 (3 straight NCAA D2 Regional Appearances from ’16-’19)
At Tarleton: 122-80 overall, 76-52 in conference play
2021-22: 9-16 Overall, 4-10 WAC
Seynabou Thiam, 6-6, JR, C (Arkansas State)
Jenna Dick, 5-7,JR, G (Eastern Washington University)
Jurnee President, 5-10, GR, G (St. Bonaventure)
Tyler Jackson, 5-9, SO, G (Louisiana Tech)
Nya Mitchels, 6-4, SO, C (UNCW)
Hannah Matthews, 6-2, SO, C (Abilene Christian)
Marissa Escamilla, 5-9, SR, G
Iyana Dorsey, 5-6, SO, G
Predicted WAC Finish
Like a lot of WAC teams, the Texans return a solid core to compete in year two of the transition process. Leading scorers Iyana Dorsey and Marissa Escamilla (28.0 points per game combined) are back.
Callie Boyles is the most notable Texan transfer after averaging 6.1 points per game in 2020-21. Boyles is dropping back to the D2 level West Texas A&M.
Misty Wilson and her staff hit the transfer portal quite aggressively in the offseason. The Tarleton staff ended up grabbing six Division I transfers to come to Stephenville.
Jenna Dick is a big signee for the Texans who struggled from 3-point range a year ago, posting a sub 30-percent mark (28.1%) in that category. Dick made 39 starts in two years as an Eagle and has 112 career 3-pointers in that span shooting, 41.2 percent from beyond the arc. In a December matchup against Grand Canyon, Dick was 5-8 against the Lopes from outside and scored 17 points.
Misty Wilson had some powerful thoughts about the Eastern Washington transfer.
“We made Jenna a priority during the recruiting process and we’re thrilled she chose to be a Texan. Jenna brings us experience, skill, and a high basketball IQ. She’s an elite 3-point shooter and has proven to be a scorer against the level of competition we’ll see in the WAC. I can’t wait to see what Jenna achieves in her three years at Tarleton State.”
Emilia Axelsson, a junior college transfer, shot 43.2 percent from outside last year for Clarendon College and will spend her final two years as a Texan.
To move up the WAC leaderboard, Wilson and staff will have to work on a -3.7 rebounding margin along with an offense that was outshot in both total and 3-point field goal percentage.