Monday, November 16, 2009

LSC Roundup 11-16

WTAMU tops ACU to win fourth straight and 11th overall league title
No. 6 West Texas A&M dropped the first set but rebounded to top Abilene Christian, 3-1, in the Lone Star Conference Volleyball Championship game in front of a crowd of 1,569.

WT will hit road for v-ball regional
The No. 6 West Texas A&M Lady Buffs will travel to Warrensburg, Mo., for the NCAA Division II South Central Regional, the D-II women's volleyball committee announced Sunday night.

WT (34-3), the third seed in the eight-team field, will face sixth-seeded Truman State (24-12) on Thursday in the quarterfinals. Host Central Missouri is the top seed, while Washburn earned the second seed.

ACU misses volleyball playoffs
The Abilene Christian volleyball team won’t be advancing to the NCAA Division II playoffs, despite putting together a 29-6 record — its best since 2005. West Texas A&M (31-3), which beat ACU 3-1 in the Lone Star Conference tournament final on Saturday, is the only LSC team to get in. The No. 3-seeded Buffs play No. 6 Truman (24-12) in the first round of the South Central Region tournament on Thursday in Warrensburg, Mo.

The three conference champions in the region, plus the next five highest ranked remaining teams advance to the region playoffs. ACU was ranked No. 8 in the region, but for the second straight year an unranked team kept ACU out of the playoffs. Dallas Baptist got the eighth and final spot by winning the Heartland Conference tournament. The Patriots (20-16 play No. 1 seed Central Missouri (32-4) in the first round.

Lions Volleyball Adds Five for 2010
Texas A&M University-Commerce head volleyball coach Mark Pryor announced recently the signing of Kayla Bond, Chelsee Hudson, Alyssa Hatton, Ciara Holmes and Jordan Neal to letters of intent.

WTAMU advances in NCAA Regional
No. 13 West Texas A&M defeated Truman State 1-0 on Sunday afternoon on their home field in Canyon, Texas in the second round of the NCAA South Central Regional.

The Lady Buffs' Becky Hewson put home a shot early in the second half and goalkeeper Kelly Skehan made three saves to preserve the shutout victory.

WTAMU (15-2-3) will play No. 22 St. Edward's on Friday in San Diego, Calif. at 2:30 p.m., with the winner advancing to the national quarterfinals. The teams played Sept. 11, with the Lady Buffs winning 1-0.

#3 Buffs fall in NCAA-DIV. II Regional Final, 3-1, to #1 Fort Lewis
After a delay due to weather conditions, the West Texas A&M men's soccer team was unable to find their offensive rhythm during Sunday's NCAA regionals final round and were defeated by #1 Fort Lewis College, 3-1.

WTAMU defeats MSU in first round of NCAA regional
No. 3 West Texas A&M defeated Lone Star Conference foe No. 8 Midwestern State 3-0 on Friday afternoon in Durango, Colo., in the first round of the NCAA regional, after the teams played to two ties during the regular season.


Javelinas' season ends in double OT classic - With Video
Texas A&M-Kingsville and Tarleton St. squared in a playoff battle that will be remembered by both sides for years to come, and in the end it was the Javelinas that saw their season come to an end.
Related: Area College Football Roundup: Nov. 16, 2009
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'Belles start basketball season with LSC title on mind
The Angelo State University women’s basketball team is out to put a disappointing 2008-09 season behind it. A season ago, the Rambelles went 16-12 and lost in the first round of the Lone Star Conference tournament. They failed to make the regional tournament for the first time in eight seasons.

Eight returning players will be joined by a talented freshman class to try to get the team back to the top of the LSC and the South Central Region. ASU opens the 2009-10 season tonight at home against St. Edward’s. Tip off is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Junell Center.

Lady Buffs win opener; reserves provide spark
West Texas A&M Lady Buffs head coach Krista Gerlich didn't particularly want to open the basketball season with a pushover game. Instead, the Lady Buffs took on Incarnate Word, which won 21 games last season, returned a handful of seniors and played in its first South Central Region tournament.

Gerlich came away from Sunday's opener before 790 fans at the First United Bank Center happy with what she saw. The Lady Buffs forced 27 turnovers of which they converted into 28 points en route to a 59-50 triumph.

Hot second-half helps MSU women take opener
An 11-0 run to end the half gave the Harding Bison a 31-24 lead over the Midwestern State women Sunday afternoon. But something Mustangs head coach Noel Johnson said during the intermission must have made a difference.

MSU responded by shooting 70 percent from the floor over the final 20 minutes, while limiting the visitors to 27 percent as the Mustangs opened the 2009-10 season with a 69-58 win in D.L. Ligon Coliseum. The Mustangs will play in the Skyhawk Classic in Durango, Colo., this weekend facing Western State on Friday and Fort Lewis on Saturday. They return home on Nov. 29 for a 2 p.m. game against Northeastern State.

Hagen spurs Mustangs past Trinity
Chris Hagen scored seven of his game-high 22 points during a decisive 8-minute stretch to lift Midwestern State to a 63-52 win over Trinity Sunday afternoon in the St. Edward’s Shootout.
The Mustangs (1-0) close the tournament against the host team tonight at 7 p.m.

Hagen and Mustangs answered the bell after NCAA Division III Trinity chiseled away at a one-time, 12-point Mustang lead to tie the contest at 45-45 on a Ryan Beall jumper with 8:42 to play.

“At that point, you want to see which one of your guys is going to be the one that decides you’re not going to lose,” said Grant McCasland, who won his first game as MSU’s coach. “He was that guy tonight.”

Greyhounds ready to make some strides
Bronchos Host Emporia Monday
Opening Disappointment
PITTSBURG, Kan. (Nov. 15) -- No. 12-ranked Central Oklahoma dropped a disappointing 70-69 season-opening decision to Pittsburg State here Sunday afternoon when the Gorillas converted a last-second three-point play.

Javs Open Season on Right Foot
KINGSVILLE, TEXAS – The Texas A&M-Kingsville women’s basketball team picked up where they left off last season by defeating Lone Star Conference North Division rival East Central University, 81-57 on Sunday afternoon at Kingsville Hampton Inn Court. (box score) The Javelinas (1-0) struggled from the field in the first half, but were scorching hot in the second half making 50 percent of their shots. They outscored the Tigers (0-1) 26-8 over the final 10:45.

Lady Tigers drop opener at TAMUK
KINGSVILLE, Texas ? East Central failed to overcome 30 turnovers and 36.2 percent shooting as host Texas A&M-Kingsville rolled to an 81-57 season-opening victory over the Lady Tigers Sunday afternoon in a Lone Star Conference women's crossover basketball game on Hampton Inn Court.

Lions Win Season Opener Over St. Edward's, 73-60
Senior Ronnie Morgan had the first double double of his career, scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, to lead Texas A&M University-Commerce to a 73-60 win over host St. Edward's in the season opener on Sunday afternoon in Austin at the 2009 St. Edward's Shootout.

RiverHawks Win Home Opener
RiverHawks behind Jasmine Webb win home opener over Missouri Southern 67-50

M. Basketball: SE Drops Double OT Thriller
DURANT, Okla. ? Despite having six players, including all five starters, score in double figures, Southeastern was unable to hold off a second half rally by Oklahoma Baptist which sent the game to a pair of overtimes before handing the Savage Storm a 106-101 loss on Thursday night.


Bronchos Place Seven
WARRENSBURG, Mo. (Nov. 14) -- Heavyweight Dustin Finn knocked off the defending Division I national champion en route to a runner-up finish in leading seven Central Oklahoma placers at the Central Missouri Open here Saturday.

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