By Joshua Orozco
Senior guard Dabrasia Baty will play her 28th game as a member of the Bobcats on Saturday against UT-Arlington during Senior Day, the final home game of her career.
In the 218 total minutes she has played in her Texas State career, Baty has dished out 33 assists to go along with the 25 points she has scored as a Bobcat. Baty also left her presence felt on the defensive side of the basketball while grabbing 19 career rebounds and nine steals.
Texas State women’s basketball coach Zenarae Antoine has played a vital role in Baty’s progression as both a basketball player and as a young woman. Coach Antoine expressed her appreciation for the guard from Dallas, Texas.
“She’s done a good job of keeping up her academics and making us really proud,” Antoine said. “She comes into practice being someone you can turn to if you really need somebody to lead the younger ones on the basketball floor.”
Under the tutelage of Coach Antoine, Baty learned valuable lessons both on and off the court during her two years at Texas State. She undoubtedly appreciates Coach Antoine’s faith in her abilities.
“She’s made me a better person in ways she may not even know,” Baty said. “I’m just super grateful. I plan on coming back and showing love because that’s what I got here.”
Baty’s most minutes played in one game came in an impressive blowout victory over the ULM Warhawks last season. She made her mark as she finished with six assists, three steals and two rebounds which led to Baty earning her first start as a Bobcat. Baty was inserted into the starting lineup against the Georgia State Panthers on Feb. 22, 2018 where she attributed two rebounds and an assist in a winning effort.
Throughout her college career, Baty has accumulated an impressive resume throughout every level of basketball. Baty entered the college circuit as a top 100 point guard in the 2015 recruiting class conducted by ESPN after leading Bryan Adams High School to their first state appearance in school history. She also earned First Team All-District 12-4A honors.
Not impressive enough? Well, Baty was just getting started. In addition to her accomplishments in high school, she led the South Plains College Lady Texans to a 48-17 record during her two years in Levelland, Texas including a run in the NJCAA tournament during her sophomore year. Baty was selected to First Team All-Western Junior College Athletic Conference as well as earning a spot in the NJCAA All-Star game.
This season, Baty has transitioned into a valuable role in guiding the younger core of Bobcats to seek more success after she graduates. She also provided great advice, not only in the basketball realm, but also life in general.
“Everything might not go your way but that still doesn’t mean that things are going the wrong way,” Baty said. “Stay down and continue to pray.”
In quite arguably her best game a Bobcat uniform, Baty compiled five points on 100 percent shooting along with three assists and three steals on Dec. 14, 2018 against the University of St. Thomas.
As a management major, Baty makes just as big of an impact off the court with her volunteer work at the Southside Community Center. Academically in the business department, she also has made the dean’s list at Texas State.
On the court, Baty has provided leadership that will be passed down to the next generation of Texas State women’s basketball players.
The resiliency and leadership displayed during her time as a Bobcat made an impact outside the game of basketball. Baty’s leadership will be an important piece to fulfilling her aspiration in the music and business industry after she graduates.
Baty, along with seniors Toshua Leavitt and Zandra Emanuel, will play her final game inside Strahan Arena during Senior Day on Saturday against the UTA Mavericks. Tune into the regular season finale at 2 p.m. on KTSW 89.9.
Featured photo by Texas State Athletics.