Looks like her patience is finally paying off.
Marah Guzman, the ex-Edinburg star, transferred to The University of Texas-Pan American after two seasons of small-college ball at Western Texas College in the Panhandle, but prior to Wednesday, she’s seen only limited action for the Lady Broncs.
But she never lost focus, despite having averaged about eight minutes of basketball through the team’s first 17 games.
Against Texas A&M-International, it all came together for the 5-foot-2 junior, as she scored 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the field, nailing a pair of three-pointers in the unit’s 84-47 home win. She’d come into the game averaging less than 2 points per contest, though she was fifth on the team in steals and assists.
Guzman, a two-time All-Valley star at EHS who fired away for nearly 30 points per game as a Lady Bobcat senior, got the start Wednesday and showed that she can still light it up. Her high school coach, Rachel Carmona, has always been a big supporter; she and husband Frank Carmona counseled Guzman to hang in there, and not to let the lack of playing time affect her work ethic.
The Lady Broncs are now 10-8 for the season, and stand a good chance of setting a program record for wins. The all-time mark is 14 wins, and with 10 contests left, Coach DeAnn Craft’s club has but to go .500 to become the winningest in UTP history.
The Lady Broncs have four home games left, starting Jan. 17 against Cal State-Bakersfield. Then they welcome Houston Baptist to the Valley two days later and also play Chicago State (Jan. 31) and New Jersey Institute of Technology (Feb. 21) at home before the season-ending National Independent Showcase in Oram, Utah, March 5-7.
Junior Rose Esther Jean enjoyed her best night as a Lady Bronc against International (located in Laredo), with 20 point and 10 rebounds.
NOTES: UTPA dropped a 73-57 decision to Bakersfield Saturday night as Guzman scored four points in 18 minutes.