Mustang Women Looking for Sweep vs TSU

In January, MSU beat Tarleton State for the first time in almost eight years.

They followed that up by winning in Stephenville for the first time in ten years.

Now, they need to get a third win against the TexAnns to keep their LSC Tournament title hopes alive.

Cliche says that's hard to do, but MSU's not looking at it that way.

"You can think about it that way," Head Coach Noel Johnson said. "Three times in a year is really a mentality, and it's a mental focus."

"It's not tough, because we know what they do," sophomore forward Shambreka Jones said. "I just feel like it's the team that wants it more."

Tarleton advanced with a big win over Incarnate Word. Their star junior center Kiara Wright scored 30 points with 20 rebounds, while also passing the 1,000-point mark for her career.

MSU needs to rotate players on Wright. That duty will mostly fall to Jones and fellow sophomore Andrea Carter, who shared LSC Defensive Player of the Year honors with Wright.

"[Wright]'s really good when she gets the ball in the paint," Coach Johnson said. "Creating her own shot, drawing fouls, getting her own rebounds and put-backs."

"We just have to work on keeping her from going baseline, and keeping her in the middle," Jones said.

"She doesn't like pressure," Carter said. "So our plan is to pressure her and just keep her out of the paint."

With a win, MSU would advance to the LSC Championship Game for the first time since 2002, when a lot of these current players were nine or ten years old.

"I think it's a confidence-builder if we can get to that, not just for the program but for these kids," Johnson said.

"We take a lot of pride in tradition," Carter said. "So we're ready to make a tradition."

"Man, it would mean a lot," said Jones. "We've already done a lot this year, and broke different records, and done big things this year. And so why not win it all and keep going?"

During Tarleton's post-game interviews Thursday night, they implied they owed MSU some payback after the two losses this season, especially the game in Wichita Falls where two of Tarleton's top players were lost for the season due to injuries.

Tonight we'll see if MSU can prevent that from happening.

The game tips off at 6:00 p.m. at the Allen Event Center in Allen, TX.

We'll have highlights and post-game reaction on Newschannel 6 at 10!