Dec. 14, 2011
Dalton Pool, Texas Media Relations -
AUSTIN, Texas -- Almost a year since arriving on the Forty Acres, Kayla Brewer finally made her first appearance in uniform for Texas Women’s Basketball on Wednesday against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, but she wasted little time in making an impact.
Less than a minute after entering the game during the first half, Brewer confidently hit a long-range baseline jumper to score her first two points for the Longhorns, who rolled to a 79-40 victory at the Frank Erwin Center.
Head coach Gail Goestenkors says that is exactly what everyone can expect to see from Brewer.
“She has good range. We need our posts to be able to hit from about 15 to 17 feet to draw people out,” Goestenkors said. “She’s good from that area, and I was happy to see her first shot fall.”
Brewer, a 6-foot-1 sophomore forward from Jacksonville, Fla., ended the game a perfect two-for-two from the field to score five points. She also collected three rebounds, one block and one steal in just 15 minutes of action.
Despite only taking two shots from the field, Brewer’s athleticism and understanding for the game were apparent. Brewer played sound defense throughout and looked comfortable playing her first official game with a new team.
Wednesday’s game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff was the first game Brewer was eligible to play this season, following her transfer from South Carolina last winter. Due to NCAA transfer regulations, Brewer had to sit out until this year’s first collegiate semester ended.
Brewer’s size and athleticism could allow her to be called upon more as the season goes on, particularly as the Longhorns begin Big 12 Conference play.
“It felt great to finally be out there with my teammates battling it out and working hard,” Brewer said. “The atmosphere was just amazing. I can’t wait until we play again.”