SAN ANTONIO - West Texas A&M's Lady Buffs couldn't have picked a worse time to score a season-low 13 points in the first half or shoot a season-worst 25.4 percent from the field.
The second half wasn't much better and in the end the Lady Buffs' dismal shooting performance resulted in a 55-47 Delta State win Tuesday night in the quarterfinals of the Division II Elite Eight in front of 857 fans at Bill Greehey Arena on the campus of St. Mary's University.
''Our hats are off to Delta State,'' said Lady Buffs head coach Krista Gerlich. ''They are the most athletic team we've faced this season and their defense was good. We missed a lot of easy layups in the first half and we never did get in a good rhythm on offense. I thought we had a lot of good looks at the basket, but we never shot well. I would say it was a combination of their defense and our poor shooting.''
Lady Buffs just couldn't get it going offensively
SAN ANTONIO - 86. 78. 63. 93.
While yelling those numbers out loud might sound like a quarterback at the line of scrimmage during a game, those are the point totals the West Texas A&M Lady Buffs put up in their previous four games before Tuesday night.
Certainly not lacking for effort, and certainly playing a Delta State squad willing to play defense, West Texas A&M saw its season end Tuesday night in a 55-47 loss at the NCAA Division II national women's quarterfinal because of one simple fact: Inability to score points consistently.
"I thought we responded well defensively (the entire game)," WT coach Krista Gelrich said. "To hold them to 19 points at halftime is something. But obviously you have to have more point production. We never really found our rhythm."
WT coach appreciates seniors
SAN ANTONIO - West Texas A&M coach Krista Gerlich handed out compliments to her four seniors - Dixie Bell, Emily Brister, Jamie Dreiling and Courtney Lee - after the Lady Buffs loss Tuesday night.
Gerlich led the Lady Buffs to the Elite Eight in her third year at WT.
"This group is extremely special to me because they were sophomores when I first took the job, and they completely bought in to everything I put in front of them," Gerlich said. "They would go to war for me in a heartbeat for us. I can't think of a better group to have represent West Texas."
Gholson: In the Nick of Time (March 25)
After winning back-to-back Lone Star Conference basketball championships in 1999 and 2000, Jeff Ray ran off to see just how much greener it really was on the other side of the fence.
After one 4-24 season as assistant coach for the Mean Green of North Texas, Ray decided the other side of that fence wasn’t all that bad after all.
“I was 39 and wanted to be a Division I coach,” he told me. “I kinda got all that out of my system.”
Bronchos Ready For Spring Ball
EDMOND (March 24) – Defending Lone Star Conference North Division champion Central Oklahoma will open spring drills Wednesday as the Bronchos begin preparing for the 2009 campaign.
UCO will have 15 practices over the next four weeks, including three scrimmages. The Bronchos are set to meet at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday and Friday this week before having an early-morning session Saturday.
Afternoon practices are scheduled for Monday, Wednesday and Friday the next three weeks, with intrasquad scrimmages set for 10 a.m. on April 4 and 11 before the final spring-ending scrimmage at 6 p.m. April 18.
“We know we have a lot of work to do and we’re looking forward to getting started,” said second-year head coach Tracy Holland, named LSC North Division Coach of the Year last season. “The team has worked hard in the off-season getting ready for spring practice and this is an important time for us.
“Everybody’s excited to get on the field and do what needs to be done to keep getting better. The coaches and players want to continue building on the momentum we had at the end of last season as we keep working on getting this program where it needs to be.”
The Bronchos return 13 starters from last year’s 7-4 team that overcame a 0-4 start to win their last seven games and capture the North Division title.
UCO opens the 2009 season on Aug. 29 at perennial NCAA Division II power Pittsburg State.
Calhoun senior signs with A&M-Kingsville
PORT LAVACA - Calhoun's Jeremy Boyd enjoyed playing at Javelina Stadium in Kingsville and he is looking forward to playing there in the future.
Boyd signed a letter-of-intent on Tuesday to attend Texas A&M-Kingsville on a football scholarship in the fall.
"They have the degree that I want to get," said Boyd, who plans to major in civil engineering with a minor in wildlife management. "I like the school. It's close to home, but not too close."
The 6-foot, 245-pound Boyd played middle linebacker for the Sandcrabs, who advanced to the Class 4A, Division II regional playoffs and defeated Edcouch-Elsa in an area playoff game at Javelina Stadium.
Texas A&M-Kingsville will get the signature of two Cuero athletes on Wednesday. Seniors Isaiah Glover and Brent Johnson will sign letters-of-intent to accept track and field scholarships.
Wildcats pitchers shut down St. Mary's
The Abilene Christian softball team pushed its win streak to 10 games with a pair of nonconference victories over St. Mary's on Tuesday at Poly Wells Field.
Jacque Gregoire didn't allow an earned run in a 7-1 victory in Game 1, and Kim Partin pitched a complete-game shutout in a 7-0 victory in Game 2. ACU has allowed 14 runs 11 earned -- during the 10-game win streak. The Wildcats (26-9) play in the Lone Star Conference Crossover Tournament in Durant, Okla., Friday through Sunday, beginning with host Southeastern Oklahoma at 10:30 a.m. Friday.
ASU softball update for March 25
Of note: The No. 1-ranked Rambelles begin another challenging week with a pair of home games followed by a trip to Oklahoma for the LSC Crossover Tournament over the weekend.