By BRAD KEITH
STEPHENVILLE (November 22, 2014) — Tarleton State has been idle a week since opening its season, and both its women’s and men’s teams look to show improvements when they take the court tonight at Wisdom Gym.
The No. 12 Texans and Dallas Christian will complete the night after the TexAnns tip off the Wisdom Gym doubleheader at 5 p.m. Saturday against Texas Wesleyan.
Tarleton’s men (2-0) held off a late charge by Lubbock Christian last Saturday for an unbeaten weekend in its Whataburger Texan Tipoff Classic. The Texans cruised to a 72-52 win over New Mexico Highlands on opening night of the event.
Mo Lee was named MVP of the classic with 17 points against Highlands and 18 along with 10 boards against St. Mary’s. TaShawn Mabry scored 17 and nine and made the all-tournament team, along with Davene Carter who had nine points then doubled up with 12 points and 11 boards. Carter is 16 points shy of 500 for his career.
With four new faces in the starting lineup, the Texans have opened slowly on the offensive end. In neither of last week’s wins did they approach last season’s 8.58 scoring average. Tarleton is shooting just 41.1 percent.
“We struggled to get into our offense and run it effectively, but we knew that would take some time with four new starters out there,” Reisman explained after the game. “What we needed was playing time together, and now we have to build on these experiences so they benefit us later in the season.”
That’s what they have spent the last week doing, building on their experiences from the tipoff classic.
The TexAnns (1-1) split a pair of tight tipoff classic games, edging Southern Arkansas 72-71 in overtime before falling to St. Mary’s, 56-53.
Tarleton is struggling from the floor -36.3 percent – and especially from the arc – 22.6.
Leading the women’s club is Ikpeaku Iwobi. After coming on strong at the end of her freshman campaign last season, Iwobi is off to a strong start, averaging 14.5 points, nine boards and three steals through two games. Forward Breanna Fuller averages 11 points and guard Kathy Thomas is scoring 10.5.