Tarleton State (4-0) is yet to be tested on the hardwood, winning its first four women’s basketball contests by an average of 44.3 points per game.
That number may be skewed considerably by Tuesday’s 109-29 thumping of Division III Concordia, but the remaining three wins all came against Division II opponents.
The TexAnns beat Pittsburg State 75-46 after PSU had defeated No. 12 Central Oklahoma. Tarleton also blew out Texas-Permian Basin and Western New Mexico.
Everyone around the Tarleton camp is expecting a true test when the TexAnns travel to Austin to face St. Edward’s at 2 p.m. Saturday. At the very least, they will have a measuring stick.
St. Edward’s (0-4), a member of the Heartland Conference, may be winless, but all of the Hilltoppers’ games have been against members of the Lone Star Conference and they have been competitive in three of them.
SEU has dropped two games to Angelo State, one a 71-69 defeat in regulation, the other a 76-64 loss when the Hilltoppers ran out of gas in overtime. They have also been edged by Abilene Christian (72-62) and blown out by Southeastern Oklahoma State (86-60).
SEU has three seniors averaging double-figures, led by Sophia Holguin, a 5-9 guard, at 17.5 points per game. Kelli Payton, another 5-9 guard, scores 15.8 points per night, and Sara Head, a 6-1 forward, is averaging a double-double with 12.0 points and 11.0 rebounds.
Two other Hilltoppers, Brittany Ward (8.8 points) and Sarah Milewski (8.5) score at least eight per night.
The TexAnns, who lead the LSC in nine statistical categories early in the season, have been paced so far by JoAnne Jones (13.5 points, 6.0 rebounds) and Brittnie Haley (11.5 and 7.5). Sonya Sundberg is just short of double figures at 9.8 points per game, and three other TexAnns - Shelby Adamson, Tori Skarke and Morgan Stehling - all average 8.8. Kelsey Benford is scoring 7.5 per contest and Tara Towns averages 7.0, giving Tarleton eight players with an average of at least seven points per game.
Tarleton’s opponents have turned the ball over almost twice as many times (123) as the TexAnns have (67), and they are out-shooting opponents by more than 20 percentage points (52.5-30.2).
After the brief road trip, Tarleton will be back home Monday night as the TexAnns begin LSC crossover play against rival Central Oklahoma.