By BRAD KEITH
STEPHENVILLE (Januaray 6, 2015) — Tarleton State (7-6, 1-2) exploded for season highs in shooting percentage, assists and bench scoring in a decisive 94-65 victory over Angelo State (7-4, 0-1) at Wisdom Gym Wednesday night, snapping a three game losing streak and avoiding an 0-3 start to Lone Star Conference play.
Junior guard Bailey Wipff scored a career best 22 points on 9-11 shooting including 3-4 from the 3-point arc to lead the TexAnns, who shot 58 percent, dealt 28 assists and picked up 47 points off the bench in their 10th straight home win over ASU dating back to February 4, 2006.
Tarleton also avoided dropping below the .500 mark for the first time in its two seasons under head coach Misti Wilson, and Wipff, the star of the show, believes it was the best the TexAnns have played this season.
Meagan O’Dell poured in a career high 21 points off the bench for Tarleton, which visits Texas A&M-Kingsville at 6 p.m. Saturday. After going 8-12 from the floor and 4-7 from the arc, the senior guard agreed with her teammate concerning the team’s performance.
Averie Mack and Ikpeaku Iwobi made it four in double figures with 10 points each, while Iwobi also to collected eight boards. Senior guards Morgan Ashmore and Raven McGrath didn’t have to score to impact the victory, as each dealt seven assists. Ashmore also scored five.
Leading Angelo State was Jasmine Prophet with 11 points. ASU shot just 33 percent from the floor and had only 10 assists. The Rambelles entered the game average 85 points and shooting 45 percent.
Tarleton never looked back after a big first half, when ball movement and hot shooting led to a 49-33 advantage at the break. It was the highest scoring opening half for Tarleton against an NCAA opponent this season.
Notes: Tarleton did have 56 points in a half and 28 assists for the game against Arlington Baptist College, not a member of the NCAA… Tarleton does not return to Wisdom Gym until Sunday, January 17, when the TexAnns host Texas Woman’s at 2 p.m.