STEPHENVILLE – Tarleton women’s basketball head coach Misty Wilson announced the first schedule of her head-coaching career Friday, which includes an exhibition trip to Baylor, a two-day tournament in Florida and the second-annual TexAnn Tip-Off Classic.
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“We wanted a tough schedule and I believe we got it,” said Wilson. “We want every contest to prepare us for conference play and, of course, the ultimate goal of postseason play. With 24 Division II games and an exhibition with Baylor, I feel like we have a schedule that will do that.”
The TexAnns will head to Waco for their second exhibition against the Lady Bears in the last three years on November 10 at 7 p.m.
After the Division I exhibition, Wilson’s first head coaching season begins in Stephenville when Tarleton welcomes Southern Arkansas and St. Mary’s to town for the second annual TexAnn Tip-Off Classic on Nov. 14-15.
The TexAnn Tip-Off Classic is the first of three non-conference tournaments for Tarleton. The second will send the TexAnns to Lubbock Christian Nov. 28-29 for two games and to Winter Park, Florida Dec. 15-16 for another two games at the Rollins Tournament. NAIA opponents Texas Wesleyan on Nov. 22 and Arlington Baptist on Dec. 2 break up the tournaments.
“We are playing two of the top three finishers in the Heartland Conference last season – St. Mary’s and Lubbock Christian – as well as teams we’ve never played before at the Rollins Tournament. Of the teams going to Rollins, two of the teams involved won over 20 games last season,” said Wilson. “If we can have success, the advantages of playing a difficult non-conference schedule can be huge.”
When the calendar flips over to 2015, the TexAnns will switch gears to Lone Star Conference action with a January 3 visit to Texas Woman’s.
“Our conference will be extremely competitive again this year,” said Wilson. “I expect, much like last year, the final standings won’t be decided until the last game of the season. Every team in the conference has the potential to not only be in the postseason conference tournament, but the NCAA tournament as well.”
Tarleton will play a home-and-away series against all eight Lone Star Conference foes to finish out the season, in addition to two games with McMurry in the mix.
“There is nothing like knowing that every time you step onto the floor that you are playing against quality opponents. It is the ultimate challenge of stamina and will,” said Wilson. “I’m looking forward to making this journey with this team.”
Wilson is in her first season as head coach of the TexAnns after taking over the program from Ronnie Hearne, who retired following last season.