EDINBURG — It was the Jordan Agustus show during UTRGV’s home game against Texas A&M-Kingsville Tuesday night.
The senior graduate student from the Bronx, New York, did a little bit of everything with 10 rebounds, three assists, three blocks, and surpassed her scoring average of 9.8 points per game by dropping a career-high 21 on the Javelinas in a 66-45 win at the UTRGV Fieldhouse.
“I think she did a really nice job of just using her athleticism at both ends of the floor, and not just the offensive end where she was 10 for 16, but the defensive end blocking shots,” UTRGV head coach Lane Lord said. “We kind of played one-man zone with her today and just kind of let her help and I thought she did a great job. She got doubled a couple times and she found some shooters and we’re able to knock couple threes down, so I thought she had the complete game today for sure.”
Agustus shot 62.5% from the floor, but her two biggest plays started on the defense and ended with a UTRGV basket.
During the first quarter, freshman guard Halie Jones came away with a steal and, before landing out of bounds, found Agustus standing at the top of the key. She took a couple dribbles up court and bounced a perfectly placed pass right under the outstretched hands of two Javelinas defenders and hit a streaking Megan Johnson in stride for an easy UTRGV bucket.
Minutes later, Agustus was at it again as she rejected a Javelinas two-point attempt, recovered the ball herself and took it coast-to-coast for a right-handed layup.
When asked if she ever thought about running point, Agustus laughed and said her point guards can handle the job.
“I love my point guards,” a smiling Agustus said. “I just try to set them up in a position to succeed just like they do with me. It’s all about playing together and passing the ball.”
Lord said Agustus’ full arsenal was on display Tuesday night against the Javelinas.
“She’s a special player, and she’s going to continue to improve as we go, but you can see how talented she really is and we saw it tonight,” he said. “I mean, just what you just said is two examples of how talented she is. And then in the half court, she’s very unselfish; she’ll pass it out when she’s doubled. But just has every move in the book, we just got to continue to, to grow with her and with the team.
UTRGV improves to 3-3 on the year and will be back in action at 4:30 p.m. Saturday as the Vaqueros host the University of Texas-San Antonio. After their game, the UTRGV men’s basketball team is also scheduled to play Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 7 p.m. Saturday at the UTRGV Fieldhouse.