The West Texas A&M Lady Buffs have had less than 48 hours to learn from their first loss of the season to Angelo State on Thursday night.
WT hopes that has been more than enough time to rebound when they wrap up a long Lone Star Conference road trip with a meeting against Texas A&M-Kingsville at 4 p.m. today at the Gil E. Steinke Physical Education Center in Kingsville.
WT (14-1 overall and 6-1 in the LSC) had an uncharacteristic showing against the Rambelles in a lopsided 68-51 loss. WT was outscored 46-29 in the second half, turned the ball over 26 times while shooting a season low 36 percent.
For the first time all season, not one Lady Buff player scored in double-digits. Sophomore guard Lexy Hightower came the closest, shooting 3-of-11 from the floor, to put up a team-high nine points.
Defensively, WT was also out of sync. After holding ASU to 8-of-33 shooting in the first half, the Rambelles found their way around a talented WT defense, shooting 17-of-33 (51.5 percent) in the second half, placing four players in double figures.
ASU seniors Keanna Kelly and De’Anira Moore led the attack scoring 15 points each.
“You have to be great on the road and we were not,” WT coach Kristen Mattio said. “We need to shoot the ball better from the perimeter and get better looks side to side. I thought the post players didn’t play deep enough. ASU shot the ball well. Moore had a great game. She is a solid post player. Kelly hurt us from the 3-point line. They had good length and we didn’t respond well.”
Texas A&M-Kingsville snapped a nine-game losing streak by earning its first LSC win on the year with a 59-55 victory against UT Permian Basin on Thursday night.
TAMK doesn’t look threatening on paper at 1-6 in the conference and 3-12 overall.
But the Javelinas are one of the better defensive teams in the league, holding opponents to 59 points a game and 35 percent shooting from the floor.
“Kingsville is a scrappy team,” Mattio said. “They like to put pressure on you like Angelo State, if not more. We need to regroup and learn from it and keep moving forward. This game against Kingsville is our most important game because it’s the next game in front of us.”
Lady Buff stuff: Despite giving up the hot shooting to Angelo State, WT is still one of the best defenses in the conference. The Lady Buffs are with Eastern New Mexico, allowing opponents to shoot 33 percent from the floor.
Offensively, WT will want to get back to shooting the way they have all season. Even with the woes Thursday, WT is still head and shoulders above the rest of the conference shooting 49 percent as a team.
Hightower is the team’s leading scorer at 13.3 points a game.
West Texas A&M Lady Buffs
Overall Record: 14-1
LSC Record: 6-1
Head coach: Kristen Mattio (3rd Year)
Texas A&M-Kingsville Javelinas
Overall Record: 3-12
LSC Record: 1-6
Head coach: Wade Scott (4th Year)
West Texas A&M;6-1;14-1
Eastern New Mexico;4-3;8-6
UT Permian Basin;3-4;5-10
Western New Mexico;0-7;0-15
Eastern New Mexico at Midwestern State, 2 p.m.
Western New Mexico at Cameron, 2 p.m.
UT Permian Basin at Angelo State, 2 p.m.
Texas A&M-Commerce at Texas Woman’s 2 p.m.
West Texas A&M at Texas A&M-Kingsville, 4 p.m.
Angelo State 68, West Texas A&M 51
Texas A&M-Kingsville 59, UT Permian Basin 55
Tarleton State 71, Texas Woman’s 67
Midwestern State 64, Western New Mexico 47
Eastern New Mexico 57, Cameron 53