Off to the best start in school history, Tarleton State — ranked No. 11 in NCAA Division II — hits the road for the first time when the Texans head to the South Point Holiday Hoops Classic in Las Vegas.
The Texans (8-0) will face two teams from the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, Central Washington (4-4) at 1 p.m. Saturday and No. 5 Western Washington (8-0) at 5 p.m. Sunday.
“We are going to play two outstanding teams,” Tarleton State coach Lonn Reisman said. “They are both very well-coached and we are going to face some adversity for the first time.”
Western Washington, a Division II Final Four participant last season, features four starters averaging double digits in scoring.
Five players have led the Texans in scoring. Senior Chuck Guy, a Fort Worth Eastern Hills product, has led the team three times and averages 16.4 points a game, good for sixth in the Lone Star Conference.
“We have a lot of guys that are going to score the ball,” Reisman said. “It tells you that we have depth. You cannot rely on one or two people to score to be successful, we have four or five guys that can score. It makes it to where the opponents can’t just pick somebody out to try to stop us.”
The Tarleton State women’s basketball team is 19th in the USA Today/ESPN Division II Coaches Poll. The TexAnns, winners of their past five games, rose from No. 22 and are 8-1. The TexAnns return to the court at 7 p.m. Jan. 2 against Texas College in Stephenville.
TWU seeks SAC win
Texas Wesleyan men’s basketball opened its first Sooner Athletic Conference schedule with two defeats, including a 97-93 loss Saturday against Saint Gregory’s.
Four Rams scored in double figures, but TWU could not overcome an 8-0 run in the second half.
Wesleyan’s next opportunity comes at 5 p.m. Jan. 4 at home against John Brown.