By BRAD KEITH
STEPHENVILLE (January 7, 2017) — Tarleton State visits Texas A&M-Kingsville for a Lone Star Conference doubleheader at 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday.
The No. 9 Texans (13-1, 5-0) will be looking to remain unbeaten in LSC action while keeping A&M-Kingsville (7-5, 0-3) winless in conference play in the 2 p.m. matinee before the women’s contest in the 4 p.m. finale.
The Texans have won 10 straight including an impressive 92-60 thrashing of No. 5 Angelo State in San Angelo Thursday. It was the biggest road win by the Texans since a 94-60 win over ASU February 11, 2006.
Chantz Chambers posted career highs with 22 points and six steals in the eye-popping Thursday performance, while Romond Jenkins scored 20 points, all in the second half, after sitting out the rest of the first half following two fouls in the opening 32 seconds.
Tarleton shot 55 percent at ASU and is hitting 49 percent on the season including 38 percent from the arc. The Texans, who are outscoring opponents by 18.5 points per game, are limiting foes to 38 percent from the field and just 29 percent from the arc.
Tarleton is out-rebounding opponents by more than eight boards per game, thanks largely to Jenkins, who averages a double-double with 13.3 points and 11.4 boards. He is trying to become the first Texan to average a double-double for a whole season since Eric Williams in 2008-09. Jenkins entered the week third in the nation in shooting at 70.5 percent, and is up to 71.6 percent after going 9-11 from the floor at ASU.
Ridell Camidge leads the team in scoring at 15.5 points per game, and Chambers is up to 11.5.
The Javelinas are averaging 71 points and allowing 66 currently, with the Hogs shooting 41 percent and opponents 40 percent. Both A&M-Kingsville and its opponents hit 30 percent from the arc, and the Javs are being out-rebounded by almost four boards per game but make up for it with an advantage of almost four turnovers less per game than their foes.
The Javs have a big three leading the way in Trey Sumpter, 14.2 points and 4.9 rebounds, Duan Wright, 10.7 and 5.6, and Caelan Neal, 10.6 points.
The women’s contest features teams trying to bounce back from narrow conference losses. Tarleton lost in overtime Thursday at No. 5 Angelo State, 81-74, while the Javelinas fell at home to Texas A&M-Commerce, 78-71.
It’s a much improved A&M-Kingsville (7-4, 2-3) women’s team that will try to snap a 13 game losing streak to the TexAnns (4-7, 3-2) that dates back to January 30, 2010, when the Javelinas prevailed at home, 62-61.
TAMUK shoots 38 percent for the season, two points higher than their opponents, and are limiting foes to just 29.1 percent from the arc, where they are 34.9 percent on the season. Turnovers have been a big story in their games, with the Javelinas giving it away 18 times and taking it away 19 times.
A&M-Kingsville is led by Kaylin Roher at 11 points per game, but she’s the only player averaging close to double-digits for the balanced Javs. Tee Moore scores 7.9 and Kaylee Kana 7.7.
The TexAnns score 64 points and their opponents 65 per game this season. Tarleton is shooting 40 percent and its foes 42 percent, but the real trouble has come from the 3-point line, where the TexAnns are just 28 percent for the year. It’s opponents aren’t much better shooting 3s, hitting just 31 percent.
Mackenzie Hailey averages 15.6 points and 8.8 rebounds while shooting 52 percent from the floor. She is coming off a 21-point, 11-rebound double-double at ASU. Bailey Wipff scores 12.2 for Tarleton and Ikpeaku Iwobi averages 10.2 and 6.8.
The TexAnns and Texans return to Wisdom Gym Tuesday for a 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. doubleheader against LSC rival Texas A&M-Commerce.