They’re both among the country’s elite Division II teams this season. Between them they’ve won 41 of their combined 44 games. They’re Nos. 1 and 2 in the Lone Star Conference. And they meet on a collision course Wednesday night at Wisdom Gym.
Tarleton State, No. 11 in the nation, hosts Lone Star Conference leader and No. 4 ranked Angelo State in the nightcap of a double-header Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
The Texans, currently in second place in the LSC standings at 7-2, have won seven in a row, dating back to Jan. 14. Their goal is to extract vengeance from the Rams for a 78-60 road loss in early January.
ASU, 21-1 on the campaign and an unblemished 9-0 against conference foes, has not lost in 2015. In fact their lone loss came to Colorado Mesa in a Thanksgiving tournament.
The Rams bring an impressive 1-2 punch to bear on the Texans. Offensively, they lead the conference scoring more than 89 points a game. Their top scoring threats include Demarlo Mayfield, who is raining points at a 16.5 ppg clip, and Chris Jones, who connects for just under 16 each outing. Jones is among the conference leaders in accuracy, hitting more than 63 percent of his field goal attempts..
The Rams’ perimeter game is stellar, as well. Led by Cameron Lee’s 48 percent from beyond the arc, ASU buries about39 percent of their trey attempts.
Defensively, the Rams are the second stingiest in the conference, giving up about 63 points a game.
Tarleton’s 61.3 ppg scoring defense is tops in the league. The Texans, led by LSC Defensive Player of the Week Damion Clemons, drag down more than 30 defensive boards per game.
On offense, the Texans, led by senior Mo Lee’s 14 ppg, score about 77 per outing, including 87 in Saturday’s home win over Cameron.
The TexAnns battle ASU in Wednesday’s early game.
Trying to recover from back-to-back losses to Midwestern State and Cameron, TSU is looking for a win over the Rambelles to even their conference record for the season’s home stretch.
Angelo State brings a 6-14 overall mark into Wednesday’s 5:30 p.m. game. The ‘Belles are 1-9 in LSC play, including a 77-6-9 loss at Eastern New Mexico over the weekend.