(January 11, 2015) — EJ Reed and Xavier Smith of the Tarleton State men and Bailey Wipff of the TexAnns women’s team were each named Lone Star Conference Players of the Week by league officials in Richardson Monday.
Tarleton visits Midwestern State in Wichita Falls on Wednesday, and athletic officials have arranged for three fan buses to make the trip [Info].
The men’s game will be the fifth for Tarleton in the last two seasons to be between two teams ranked in the top 10 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Entering this week, Tarleton is No. 9 and Midwestern No. 6. The new rankings from the NABC come out Tuesday, and each team should move up. We’ll have the complete poll on The Flash.
Below is a look back at the big weeks of Reed, Smith and Wipff from an LSC press release:
EJ Reed, Tarleton State University, SR, Forward, Mesquite, Texas, Mesquite HS
Reed’s 18 points and 10 rebounds helped No. 9 Tarleton defeat No. 4 Angelo State 85-67. It was Reed’s LSC-leading eighth double-double of the season, which ranks second in the nation. Reed was 6-11 from the floor and 6-6 from the free-throw line in the win. Reed followed with a 17-point, 8-rebound performance in a win on the road at A&M-Kingsville, the first home loss for the Javelinas this season. Reed averaged 17.5 points on 55 percent shooting and nine rebounds in the two wins as Tarleton improved to 13-2 overall and 3-0 in the Lone Star Conference.
Xavier Smith, Tarleton State University, JR, Forward, Richardson, Texas, Plano East HS
Smith posted nine points and seven rebounds in 19 minutes off the bench for the No. 9-ranked Texans in an 85-67 win over No. 4 Angelo State. Smith led the Texans’ defense in limiting Angelo State to season lows in points (67) and field goal percentage (36.5) when the Rams came in averaging 95 points per game. Smith also prevented the Rams from a single second-chance point, the only time all season for ASU. Smith followed with four blocks and four rebounds in a tough road win over A&M-Kingsville. With the help of 6-foot-8 Smith protecting the rim and altering shots, the Texans limited the Javelinas to only 47 points on 30 percent shooting. It was the third four-block game of the year for Smith and the ninth double-digit block game for the junior forward. With Smith in the paint, opponents only averaged 57 points against Tarleton on 33 percent shooting.
Wipff is off to an incredible start to Lone Star Conference action, which includes back-to-back 20-point performances last week to lift the TexAnns to a pair of wins over Angelo State and Texas A&M-Kingsville. She is averaging 20.0 points per game through the first four LSC games this season and leads the league with 80 total points in LSC action. Wipff poured in a career-high 22 points against Angelo State on 9-11 shooting from the floor and 3-4 from downtown. The junior from Lubbock followed up with a 20-point performance, including 10 in the fourth quarter, to lead a Tarleton comeback over the Javelinas in Kingsville and improve Tarleton to 2-0 for the week. Over the last two games, Wipff totaled 42 points for an average of 21.0 points per game on .609 shooting from the floor, .571 shooting from downtown, and .857 from the charity stripe. She also totaled five assists, five steals, and a rebound for the week.