Both the Tarleton State Texans and TexAnns are scheduled to take the floor this Saturday — weather permitting.
The TexAnns (9-3) are scheduled to head to Denton for a Lone Star Conference South Division match against Texas Woman’s. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The Texans (10-4), who dropped out of the National Associaton of Basketball Coaches Division II poll this week, had an open weekend but scheduled a home game against Rhema Bible College. Tip off is at 4 p.m. in Wisdom Gym.
Tarleton’s previous two double-headers — at Northeastern State in Oklahoma and at Texas A&M-Kingsville — were postponed due to bad weather.
“We really just need to get in a basketball,” said men’s head coach Lonn Reisman. “If we don’t play Saturday, it will be two weeks between our last game (at Central Oklahoma, Jan. 11) and our next one (at West Texas A&M, Wednesday).
“That is too long for us to go without playing someone other than ourselves in practice, so this is going to give us a chance to shake off the snow and dust and get back into our game mode.”
The Rhema Eagles (7-12), of Broken Arrow, Okla., won last year’s United States Collegiate Athletic Association championship and the 2005 Association of Christian College Athletics championship.
Last month, the Eagles were annihilated by perennial Division II power Pittsburg State, 82-49. Their leading scorer is 6-3 forward Gabe White, who averages nearly 13 points per game.
The Texans will be without senior swingman Rich Francis, who was suspended for violating team rules.
“We’ll have some people that will step up and play hard,” Reisman said, naming Jeremy Gilbert, Tanner Morgan and J.D. Robinson as potential replacements.
The Texas Woman’s Pioneers (8-8) are 2-1 in LSC South play after losing a 62-61 heartbreaker at Midwestern State Thursday.
The TexAnns have beaten MSU twice for a 2-0 mark in LSC South action.
The Pioneers are led by 6-1 senior post Margaret Wimbish, who averages 16.7 points per game, third best in the LSC. Wimbish also averages nearly eight rebounds per game, fifth-best in the conference.
The TexAnns are stocked with several talented young posts in Krystal Cole, Brittnie Haley and JoAnne Jones, but the freshman trio will almost certainly have their hands full against their more experienced opponent.
The Pioneers have juggled their lineup this season, as Wimbish and sophomore guard Maggy Deweber are the only players to have started more than 10 games so far this season. But freshman guard Jessica Durr and freshman post Chelsea Cook have both provided scoring for the Pioneers, averaging just under 10 per game.