SPECIAL TO THE FLASH
STEPHENVILLE (February 22, 2016) – Bailey Wipff, who is a two-time Player of the Week award winner for her offensive skills, earned her first career defensive honor this week from the Lone Star Conference.
Wipff’s defensive presence went way beyond the numbers for Tarleton last weekend as the junior from Lubbock keyed Tarleton’s resurgence in the second half to erase a 16-point, second-half deficit Saturday night to defeat No. 9 West Texas A&M and deliver Tarleton’s seventh consecutive victory.
She may have only had four rebounds, two assists, and one steal, but Wipff took the responsibility of guarding the LSC Preseason Player of the Year and Preseason All-American Sasha Watson with eight seconds left on the clock and Tarleton leading by one at 53-52 in Wisdom Gym. She forced Watson into a miss as the buzzer expired to give Tarleton the win.
Wipff shared the defensive responsibility of WT’s guards Watson and Michaela Neuhaus, who entered the game averaging a combined 23.4 points per game on a combined .499 shooting percentage from the floor, and helped hold the duo below their season average for scoring and shooting percentage from the field for the game.
She anchored the Tarleton defense that held opponents to 56.0 points per game. In the West Texas A&M game, Wipff and the Tarleton defense held the Lady Buffs to single-digit scoring in the first and fourth quarters, including a .333 shooting clip in the second half of Tarleton’s comeback win.
This is Wipff’s third career weekly honor, all coming this season. It is also the second consecutive week that Tarleton has received the league’s defensive recognition as Wipff joins Breanna Fuller, who won the award last week.
Wipff and Tarleton will wrap up the regular season Saturday afternoon with a 4 p.m. tip-off in the Field House at Texas A&M-Commerce.