Jakoriah Long is one of a handful of newcomers to Stephenville in 2023-24. Courtesy Tarleton Athletics.

2023-24 Team Preview: Tarleton Texans Women’s Basketball

After a less-than-ideal season, Tarleton State Women’s Basketball has indeed hit the reset button on this team. New Head Coach Bill Brock comes into the program with decades of experience, including under coaching icon Kim Mulkey at Baylor. Alongside Brock, the program brings in an almost entirely new roster with just three returning players.

Because of all of the new faces, this is one of those teams we’re not sure what to expect from. However, the young squad certainly has potential.  

Head Coach:

Bill Brock, 1st Season

2022-2023 Season Record:

8-21 OVR | 2-16 WAC

Post Season:

Did not make WAC Tournament


  • Emilia Axelsson – Transfer (Withdrew name from portal)
  • Jordan Brown – No Longer on Roster
  • Mayra Caicedo – Graduated
  • Chloe Callahan – No Longer on Roster
  • Jenna Dick – Transfer (Utah Valley University)
  • Viktoria Ivanova – No Longer on Roster
  • Mason Jones – Transfer (Southwestern Oklahoma State – DII)
  • Nyajah Mitchels – Transfer (UTRGV)
  • Starr Omozee – Graduated
  • Seynabou Thiam – Grad Transfer (San Fransisco)
  • Karolina Szydlowska – Graduated
  • Jordan Wright – No Longer on Roster


  • Lexi Bull 6-0, Jr., Transfer (Wyoming)
  • Vitória Carvalho 6-3, Jr., Transfer (South Plains College- JUCO)
  • Dyamon Griggs 5-11, So., Transfer (Midwestern St.- DII)
  • Teresa Maggio 5-5, Fr., Transfer (IUPUI)
  • Karyn Sanford 6-0, So., Transfer (Albany)
  • Jakoriah Long 5-7, Jr., Transfer (JUCO)

Key Returners:

  • Teresa Da Silva 5-8, Jr., G
  • Tyler Jackson 5-9, Jr., G
  • Elise Turrubiates 6-0, Jr., F

Projected Starting Lineup:

  • G- Teresa Da Silva
  • G- Tyler Jackson
  • F- Lexi Bull
  • F- Elise Turrubiates
  • F- Vitória Carvalho

There’s a ton of talent and experience in this lineup, especially at the point guard spot with Teresa Da Silva. Many expected her to join the many players that left Tarleton State. However, she instead returns to lead the team into a new era. This lineup brings height, skill, and high IQ play that will most likely result in a new brand of Texan basketball. 

Elise Turrubiates is one of the few returners for new head coach Bill Brock. Courtesy Tarleton Athletics.


The expectations aren’t super high for this team this season. They’re almost entirely new, fairly young, and coming off of a season where they sat at the bottom of the conference. However, these low expectations might end up being great for the Texans. Their star in Da Silva will be key in improving the new team and getting the squad working together in new Head Coach Bill Brock’s system. This will surely be a season where there are growing pains, but there should also be glimpses into the future success of this program. Overall, they should be really fun to watch. 

Areas of Improvement: 

You can’t win games without making shots. This was a big reason for the Texans’ lack of success. Tarleton finished 9th in scoring and 11th in field goal percentage in the conference. They absolutely must improve their shooting overall to keep up with such a top-heavy conference with a ton of offensive talent. 

Rebounding was another huge issue for this team a season ago. The Texans were dead last in the WAC when it comes to rebounding margin. They were also second to last in offensive rebounds. This is expected to improve without much change due to many of the new players on this team bringing some much-needed height. 

Bill Brock takes over a Tarleton squad that won just eight games in 2022-23. Courtesy Tarleton Athletics.

Schedule Highlights:

Before they open WAC play at home against SFA, the Texans have some very exciting match-ups. On November 10th, they’ll make the trip west to Lubbock to face the Red Raiders of Texas Tech. That road trip will also find them in Albuquerque to take on New Mexico. They close out non-conference play on November 22nd at home against Eastern Washington. These are key match-ups that will certainly be great intros for this new Texan team. 

About the author

Chelsea Mendelson

On-Air Talent and Producer with GCUTV. Former basketball player and current basketball fan. Proud to be a woman in sports.

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