By BRAD KEITH
STEPHENVILLE (February 11, 2017) — There is a lot on the line for the women’s teams at Tarleton State (11-10, 10-5) and Angelo State (18-3, 12-3) when the teams collide for the second time this season at Wisdom Gym Saturday afternoon.
The Lone Star Conference battle tips off at 2 p.m. and will be broadcast globally by WatchESPN.
While the TexAnns are alone in fifth place just a game out of a third-place tie in the LSC, ASU is just 1.5 games behind conference leader Eastern New Mexico. The Rambelles are trying to make up ground fast and claim at least a share of the conference title, while the TexAnns are looking to continue their recent surge and improve their seed in the upcoming LSC Championship in Allen.
Both are in position to succeed in those missions, but only one can win Saturday in Stephenville. And after an overtime battle won by ASU on January 5 in San Angelo, who that will be is anyone’s guess.
Tarleton has dominated its last two outings against Western New Mexico and Texas A&M-Kingsville, and took first-place Eastern New Mexico to double overtime before dropping the nail biter just nine days ago.
ASU is coming off a rare loss, dropping an 83-80 shootout at Texas A&M-Commerce Thursday, snapping the Rambelles’ four-game win streak. They defeated Tarleton 81-74 after an extra five minutes in San Angelo behind 20 points and 11 boards by Jasmine Prophet. Two of the league’s premier post players put on a clinic at Stephens Arena, with Tarleton sophomore Mackenzie Hailey collecting 23 points and 11 boards.
Prophet averages 14.4 points and 7.2 boards for the season, while Taylor Dorsey leads ASU in scoring at 17.8 per game.
Hailey is averaging close to a double-double – she’s had 12 of them this season – for Tarleton with 15.7 points and 9.1 boards per game. The TexAnns also pick up 13.9 points from Bailey Wipff, a senior guard coming off a career-best 24-point performance against A&M-Kingsville Thursday, and 11.2 points and 7.1 rebounds from senior forward Ikpeaku Iwobi.
Saturday is the 52nd meeting between the TexAnns and Rambelles. Tarleton has not lost consecutive games to ASU since 2009 and has won 13 of the last 17 meetings for a 29-22 lead in a series dating back to 1976.