SPECIAL TO THE FLASH
STEPHENVILLE (November 13, 2015) — The Texan Tipoff Classic is Friday and Saturday at Wisdom Gym and both the Texans and TexAnns will be in action. Here’s the full preview from Tarleton Athletic Communications:
TexAnns vs. Concordia-Irvine, Texas A&M-International
Tarleton will open the season with the third annual Whataburger TexAnn Tip-Off Classic at Wisdom Gym in Stephenville Friday and Saturday. The TexAnns will welcome Concordia-Irvine and Texas A&M International, as well as Texas A&M-Kingsville, to town for the two-day, four-team tournament beginning Friday at 5 p.m.
The game will have a live radio broadcast presented by the Tarleton Sports Network presented by North Texas Ford Dealers. The Voice of the TexAnns, Keltin Wiens, will serve as the play-by-play for Tarleton basketball this season. The radio broadcast can be heard on KTRL 90.5 FM in Stephenville and surrounding areas or online at TarletonSports.com/ListenLive. The pregame show will begin 15 minutes prior to tip-off.
THE OPPONENT: UCI
When the Eagles of Concordia-Irvine take the floor on Nov. 13 against Tarleton, it will be the first NCAA basketball game in its program. CUI is coming off a 23-7 season in their final year at the NAIA level, in which they qualified for the NAIA National Championship, finished ranked No. 9 in the nation, and had two All-Americans in the second season under head coach Trisha Stafford-Odom.
THE OPPONENT: TAMIU
A year removed from qualifying for the South Central Regional Tournament, Texas A&M International looks to get back to the NCAA postseason following a 13-13 campaign last season. The Dustdevils finished off their .500 season last year in thrilling fashion, carrying momentum into the offseason after defeating Heartland Conference champion Lubbock Christian in the finale.
THE SERIES: UCI
Tarleton and Concordia-Irvine will meet for the first time in school history to open the 2015-16 season.
THE SERIES: TAMIU
Tarleton and Texas A&M International will square off for the fourth time in school history and the first time since meeting in the opening round of the 2014 NCAA South Central Regional Tournament in Canyon. The TexAnns have won all three previous meetings against Texas A&M International, dating back to the inaugural meeting in 2003.
Tarleton State was picked to finish fifth in the Lone Star Conference preseason rankings during the LSC’s Online Basketball Media Day in October. The TexAnns received 135 total votes, which was just behind Cameron (140) and ahead of Texas A&M-Commerce (128). West Texas A&M, Texas Woman’s, and Midwestern State were named the top three in the poll.
Morgan Ashmore enters the 2015-16 season with 244 career assists, which currently has her at No. 12 on the all-time list. She is 38 assists away from taking over the No. 11 spot from Jenn Doroga (281) and 47 assists shy of jumping into the top 10 by passing Tina Proctor (290).
Junior Ikpeaku Iwobi is currently the only
TexAnn to record a double-double in any game this season, having done so on 10 different occasions.
IMPROVING ON IMPRESSIVE ROOKIE YEAR
In her first season at the helm, Misty Wilson put together the best season of a rookie head coach at Tarleton since the school became an NCAA institution in 1994. Wilson won 17 games in her first year, topping Ronnie Hearne’s 14 wins in his first year with Tarleton in 2003.
TARLETON IN THE CLASSIC
This is the third season of the annual TexAnn Tip-Off Classic, which began in 2013. Tarleton is 3-1 in their home-opening tournament all-time and 1-1 in the classic under Wilson.
Tarleton added five fresh faces to the mix this offseason, primarily at the guard position. Karah Sicurella (Sunnyvale HS), Nia Jackson (Mansfield Summit HS), and Shelby Mankins (Joshua HS) join the TexAnn back court while Catherine Okwilagwe (Lakeview Centennial HS) is Tarleton’s lone post addition this offseason. Shelby Drews, a guard from Decatur, is also in her first season with Tarleton and is expected to redshirt as a true freshman.
UP NEXT FOR TARLETON
Tarleton will return to action on November 18 in Wisdom Gym against Our Lady of the Lake at 5:30 p.m.
Texans vs. Colo.-Colorado Springs; Adams St. (Colo.)
No. 2 Tarleton will open the 2015-16 season at home for the Texan Tip-Off Classic. The Texans play Colorado-Colorado Springs on Friday at 7 p.m. in a rematch of last season’s NCAA Tournament second round. Tarleton take on Adams State on Saturday at 7 p.m.
THE OPPONENT: Colorado-Colorado Springs
The Mountain Lions are 1-2 on the season after playing three games in California. UCCS was picked to finish fifth in the RMAC after winning the conference last season.
THE OPPONENT: ADAMS STATE
The Grizzlies were picked eighth in the RMAC preseason poll and fifth in the Mountain Division. Head coach Russ Caton is in his first season. ASU defeated Northern New Mexico College 91-80 in an exhibition game.
THE SERIES: UCCS
This is the second all-time meeting between the two schools with Tarleton winning the first game 84-62 on March 15 last season in Stephenville in the second round of the NCAA South Central Regional Tournament.
THE SERIES: ADAMS STATE
Tarleton and Adams State have played twice prior to this season with Tarleton winning both match-ups. The Texans and Grizzlies last played in 2008 with Tarleton winning 83-55 in Stephenville. The first meeting took place in 1994 in Durango, Colo. with Tarleton winning 62-56.
Tarleton was named the preseason favorites in the Lone Star Conference on Oct. 28 during the LSC’s Online Basketball Media Day. The Texans received 173 total votes and 19 first-place votes, edging Midwestern State (151, 3 first-place votes) for the top honor in the preseason rankings.
TARLETON IN NATIONAL POLLS
After returning nine lettermen and three starters from last year’s 31-4 team that reached the NCAA Final Four, Tarleton is ranked No. 2 in the NABC Preseason Poll, No. 1 by The Sporting News, Basketball Times and HERO Sports, and No . 3 by The Division II Bulletin and D2Sida.
Head Coach Lonn Reisman enters the season with 589 career wins in 27 seasons at Tarleton (610 overall). Reisman is fifth on the active NCAA Division II head coaches’ win list.
REISMAN IN NOVEMBER
Reisman is 37-5 in November games since 2007 for a .881 winning percentage. The Texans have won 11 straight games in November.
TEXANS IN SEASON OPENERS
Tarleton is 24-3 in season openers under head coach Lonn Reisman and 24-1 in season openers in Stephenville. The Texans have won the last two season openers and 13 of the last 14.
This is the 12th annual Texan Tip-Off Classic, continuing the tradition that began in 2004. Since the tournament began, Tarleton is 21-1 all-time in their home tournament including six straight Texan Tip-Off victories.
Michael Hardge is 11 points away from 600 in his career.
Michael Hardge is 4 assists away from 200 in his career.
Malcolm Hamilton is 15 points away from 300 in his career.
Nosa Ebomwonyi is seven points away from 200 in his career.
ENTERING THE TOP 15
4-year Texan Michael Hardge, who has 196 career assists and 73 career steals, needs 30 assists and 19 steals to enter the top 15 on the all-time Tarleton basketball records list.
UP NEXT FOR THE TEXANS
Tarleton will take on Delta State on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Wisdom Gym.