UCO, MSU men's basketball preseason favorites
Central Oklahoma and Midwestern State are the favorites according to the Lone Star Conference men's basketball preseason polls announced Tuesday. Both teams won the divisional titles last season as the Bronchos claimed their second-straight North Division crown, while the Mustangs won the South Division and league championship titles. The LSC has 14 teams set to play this season and the league races should be as competitive as ever. Action begins on November 15.
Two Lone Star Conference men's basketball standouts were honored as the league's Preseason Players of the Year for 2009-10, as announced by the league office on Tuesday. Texas A&M-Commerce senior forward Justin Wilkerson was tabbed as the North Division Preseason Player of the Year, while Angelo State senior forward Shavar Burch earned the South Division accolade.
The league's preseason awards were selected by a vote of conference head coaches and sports information directors, in addition to several media representatives from the throughout the region.
Wilkerson received six of the 19 votes in the North, while Burch was the choice on six of the 20 ballots submitted in the South. Wilkerson, a transfer to the Lions, made appearances in 28 games for East Central last season, averaging 11.2 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. His 9.8 rebounds per game led the Tigers and ranked third in the LSC. In North Division games, he averaged a double-double and led the league with 12.3 rebounds per game.
Burch started 27 games for the Rams in 2008-09, averaging 28 minutes per game. His 7.1 rebounds per game led ASU, while his 11.9 points per game ranked third on the team.
1. Central Oklahoma (18 first place votes) 138
2. Texas A&M Commerce (2) 113
3. Cameron 81
4. Southwestern Oklahoma 80
5. Northeastern State 79
6. Southeastern Oklahoma 37
7. East Central 32
1. Midwestern State (13) 125
2. Angelo State (5) 111
3. Tarleton State (2) 104
4. West Texas A&M 92
5. Texas A&M-Kingsville (1) 82
6. Abilene Christian 48
7. Eastern New Mexico 26
Women's Basketball: UCO, WTAMU preseason picks
Central Oklahoma is favored to win the North Division, while West Texas A&M is the top pick in the South Division as the annual Lone Star Conference women's basketball preseason polls were announced on Tuesday. The Bronchos won their second straight North Division title in 2009, while the Lady Buffs have claimed four-consecutive South Division crowns and the last two conference championships.
Southeastern Oklahoma senior forward Destiny Brown and Abilene Christian senior forward Jamie Meyer were tabbed as Lone Star Conference Preseason Players of the Year for 2009-10, as announced by the conference office on Tuesday. Brown was named the LSC North Division Preseason Player of the year, while Meyer earned the South Division honor. The preseason awards were selected by a vote of LSC head coaches and sports information directors, plus media representatives from throughout the region.
SE's Brown was a nearly unanimous selection, earning 18 of the 20 ballots in the North. Savage Storm teammate Jasmine Hughey and Texas Woman's Jessica Durr each picked up one of the remaining votes. ACU's Meyer was the choice on seven of the 21 votes submitted in the South, while Angelo State's Camille Perkins received six, West Texas A&M's Joni Unruh earned five, and Tarleton State's JoAnne Jones collected the final three. Brown was an All-LSC North Division first-team, LSC All-Tournament team and Daktronics All-South Central Region second-team selection last season, guiding SE to its third NCAA regional tournament appearance, and leading the team in blocks, scoring, rebounding, and 3-point percentage. Her 16.2 points per game were third in the LSC, while her 11.5 rebounding average was second in the league and her .451 3-point percentage led the conference.
Meyer earned All-LSC South Division first-team honors last season, helping ACU to the NCAA regional tournament, averaging 14 points per game and leading the Wildcats in free throw and 3-point percentage. Her .814 free throw percentage was second in the conference, and her .420 3-point percentage was sixth. Meyer has appeared in all 87 games in her first three seasons for the Wildcats.
1. Central Oklahoma (17) 164
2. Southeastern Oklahoma (2) 138
3. Northeastern State (2) 125
4. Texas A&M Commerce 100
5. Texas Womans 97
6. East Central 56
7. Southwestern Oklahoma 40
8. Cameron 36
1. West Texas A&M (9) 124
2. Tarleton State (4) 110
3. Abilene Christian (4) 108
4. Angelo State (2) 93
5. Texas A&M Kingsville (2) 80
6. Midwestern State 45
7. Eastern New Mexico 28
Lone Star Conference Volleyball weekly release (10/27/09)
League play continues as teams compete for spot in LSC Championship
Two weeks of Lone Star Conference play remain as teams compete for one of eight spots in the LSC Championship to be played November 12-14 at the No. 1 seed. West Texas A&M, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Abilene Christian, Angelo State and Texas A&M-Commerce were each unbeaten in league action last week.
LSC Volleyball Players of the Week
Laura Prinsen, West Texas A&M, Sr., RH, Spring, Texas/Klein Collins HS
In their four wins last week, Prinsen led the Lady Buffs in kills with 56, averaging 3.73 kills per set. She also contributed 10 assists, 34 digs, and 15 blocks, including two solo blocks. She tallied double-digit kills in all four matches with her best being against LCU with 20 kills and a .240 hitting percentage. Prinsen also reached a new career milestone in digs with 1,023.
Zuela Adom, Central Oklahoma, Jr., OH, Euless, Texas/Trinity HS
Adom had a terrific week as UCO went 1-2 with a pair of heartbreaking five-set losses. The junior outside hitter collected 73 kills on the week, averaging 5.21 kills a game and 24.3 a match while hitting a stellar .283. She had 25 kills in a five-set loss to Newman, 21 in a five-set loss to Texas A&M-Commerce and a career-high 27 in a four-set road win over Texas Woman’s.
Lauren Flynn, Texas A&M-Commerce, Sr., L, Deer Park, Texas/Deer Park HS
Recorded 40 digs, averaging 8.0 per set in the Lions’ five set win over Central Oklahoma. It is the second time in 2009 that she had over 40 digs in a match. She followed that up with an 18-dig effort against SWOSU and had only her fourth kill to go along with a service ace in the straight set victory over the Bulldogs.
Katie Coleman, Angelo State, Fr., MB, San Antonio, Texas/Johnson HS
Coleman was huge in ASU’s three-game sweep of Midwestern State Sunday, ending the match with 10 kills and a season-best nine blocks. Coleman averaged 1.33 blocks per set this week as the ‘Belles picked up two key LSC wins to move into third place in the league. She also had five kills, two blocks and an ace in a five-game win over Cameron Thursday.
Katie Rickwartz, West Texas A&M, Sr., S, Canyon, Texas/Canyon HS
Rickwartz continues her leadership as the Lady Buffs’ setter, leading the team to four wins last week. She recorded 181 total assists, averaging 12.0 assists per set. She also contributed three services aces, 44 digs, and three block assists. Rickwartz also tallied two more double-double outings with double-digit assists and digs. Against LCU, she recorded 61 assists, nearly reaching her career high of 70 assists set in 2007. Rickwartz also contributed 12 setter dump kills.”
Perla Faudoa, Texas A&M-Commerce, Sr., S, Juarez, Mexico/Frank Phillips College
Recorded 58 assists in the five-set win over Central Oklahoma to go along with two service aces and four kills. Against SWOSU, she had 29 assists and four kills and two block assists in the win.