Wednesday, December 23, 2009

LSC Roundup 12-23

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My two cents (Lance Lahnert - Amarillo Globe News)
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Buffs basketball: Hey, it looks like West Texas A&M men's hoops coach Rick Cooper has his team jelling after Monday's impressive win over previously 9-1 Texas A&M-Commerce. Nice job.

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Officiating: There is no excuse for the actions of Texas A&M-Commerce basketball player Ronnie Morgan on Monday night - spitting on a referee and kicking chairs. But from these eyes, that officiating job at the physical game between West Texas A&M and Texas A&M-Commerce was pathetic both ways and did nothing to calm down the tempers of the players.

Stephen F Austin 102, ECU 68 -box score - Tigers upended by Lumberjacks

Lumberjacks rip Division II Tigers
There was no bah-humbug or holiday blues for Danny Kaspar after his team's performance Tuesday that leads up to the Christmas break. With his team holding a high-scoring Division II opponent to 68 points, the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack basketball coach had nothing but cheer to spread.

SFA held the Tigers' offense in check and got another glowing game from junior Jordan Glynn in a 102-68 dismantling of East Central Oklahoma at William R. Johnson Coliseum.

Midwestern State is the only remaining Lone Star Conference basketball team with a perfect record. The Mustangs matched the best start in school history by improving to 12-0 with wins over East Central, Cameron and Southwestern Oklahoma last week.

The LSC men have a 93-57 overall record so far this season, including a 51-23 mark in the South Division and 42-34 in the North. In league crossover play the South has the advantage, 21-14. In the NCAA South Central Region, the men's teams are currently 19-6 combined versus Heartland Conference teams and 3-1 against the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA).

The LSC women are 69-47 overall, with a 33-26 mark in the North and 36-21 in the South this season. In league crossover action, the South Division holds a 26-15 record over its North opponents. In the NCAA South Central Region, the women's teams are currently 18-8 combined versus Heartland Conference squads and 5-4 against the MIAA.

In men's games played last week, the LSC had three players score more than 30 points, 19 over the 20-point mark and 15 double-digit rebounders, while 12 recorded double-doubles.
Points, Men: 36, LaMarshall Corbett, ASU at A&M-C
Rebounds, Men: 14, Two players
Assists, Men: 8, Lanard Donnell, ECU vs Rhema Bible
Steals, Men: 5, Two players

On the women's side, the league had 11 score over 20 points and 11 double-digit rebounders, while nine posted double-doubles in action last week. Top performances included:
Points, Women: 27, Jamie Meyer, ACU at TWU
Rebounds, Women: 14, Joni Unruh, WTAMU vs TWU
Assists, Women: 9, Two players
Steals, Women: 6, Two players

Players of the Week
Dauntae Williams, Central Oklahoma, Jr., Junior, Missouri City, Texas/Elkins HS
Williams led UCO to two league crossover road wins, averaging 20.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 2.3 steals and 2.0 blocked shots a game while shooting 56.4 percent (22-of-39) from the field last week. The junior guard had 20 points and nine rebounds in a 93-69 win over Abilene Christian, then followed with a 25-point, 11-rebound outing with five 3-pointers in a come-from-behind 95-93 victory over Angelo State. He had 16 points and six boards in the loss to Rogers State.

Dauntae Williams, Central Oklahoma, Jr., Junior, Missouri City, Texas/Elkins HS
Williams keyed two conference crossover wins with big production on offense and defense. He had 23 of his 26 rebounds on the defensive end while also making seven steals and blocking six shots last week. The junior guard had eight defensive rebounds and four steals in a 93-69 victory over Abilene Christian, then pulled down nine defensive boards and blocked two shots in a 95-93 win over Angelo State. He grabbed six defensive boards and recorded two blocks in the loss to Rogers State.

Craig Green, Midwestern State, Sr., Guard, Keller, Texas/Keller HS
Green averaged 21.3 points per game while leading No. 10 Midwestern State to three LSC crossover wins as the Mustangs matched the best start in school history by improving to 12-0. The senior from Keller erupted for a career-high 32 points including 21 in the first half of a 103-85 win over East Central on Dec. 14. Green netted 13 points and battled for a season-high eight rebounds in an 86-83 overtime win over Cameron on Saturday before scoring a team-high 19 points and dishing out five assists in an 89-70 win over Southwestern Oklahoma Monday night. For the week, Green averaged 21.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and two steals per game.

Jeremiah Wilson, Tarleton State, Sr., F, Chicago, Ill./Hyde Park HS
Wilson led the Texans in rebounds in all three games, including defensive rebounds. He tallied 18 total defensive rebounds as he helped Tarleton to a 3-0 record last week. Wilson averaged 9.7 points and 10.3 rebounds in the three contests, including claiming back-to-back double-doubles in the wins over Southwestern Oklahoma and Cameron. He had 13 points and 10 rebounds against SWOSU and 11 points and 13 rebounds against CU. He had eight defensive rebounds against the Bulldogs and seven defensive rebounds against the Aggies. He also recorded four blocks (two vs. SWOSU and one each in the other two games) while having four steals as well. In the game against Cameron, the Aggies only scored six points against the Texan senior.

Jourdan Clark, East Central, Fr., Guard, Ada, Okla./Carl Albert HS
Clark averaged 14.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 3.5 steals as the Lady Tigers beat Midwestern State 71-58 and Southwestern Christian 75-49 to go 2-0 in games last week. The freshman guard shot 47.4 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from 3-point range and 77.8 percent from the free throw line.

Cristina Yarbrough, Central Oklahoma, Sr., Guard, Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe HS
Yarbrough helped UCO split a pair of LSC crossover road games, averaging 5.5 defensive rebounds and 4.0 steals a contest. The senior guard had 11 of her 13 rebounds on the defensive end, including seven in a 65-49 win over Angelo State, with five of her eight steals coming in that victory. Yarbrough also averaged 7.5 points in the two games.

Brittnie Haley, Tarleton State, Jr., Forward, Duncanville, Texas/Duncanville HS
Haley continues to impress during the 2009-10 season after sitting out all of last year due to a recovering injury. She averaged 16.3 points per game on .467 percent shooting and guided the TexAnns to a 2-1 record over the week. Tarleton improved to 10-1 overall, giving this TexAnn team the most victories in school history before Jan. 1. Haley led the TexAnns in scoring in two out of the three contests this week, including her season-high 21-point effort in Tarleton's 81-56 win over Southwestern Oklahoma on Saturday. The junior forward has been most impressive at the charity stripe this week as she extended her consecutive free throws made streak to 21. She missed her first shot at the foul line last Monday against Southeastern Oklahoma before rattling off 14 straight to end the game. She has been perfect since then, going 3-for-3 on Saturday and 4-for-4 on Monday as she carries her streak into the New Year. The Duncanville native has been am imposing threat on the boards as well, grabbing 18 total rebounds with eight of them coming in an offensive effort.

Joni Unruh, West Texas A&M, Jr., Guard, Amarillo, Texas/Amarillo HS
Unruh is proving herself as a strong player on both sides of the court for the Lady Buffs. Her defensive performance in the last three games was solid as she tallied a team-leading 10 steals. Against Cameron, she grabbed six steals and added four more against Texas A&M-Commerce. She tallied eight offensive boards and 13 defensive boards for 21 total rebounds and an average of 7.0 rebounds per game. In addition to her defensive play, Unruh tallied 38 points, averaging 12.7 points per game and shooting 44.8 percent from the field.

NABC/Division II Coaches' Poll
(South Central Teams only)
1. Central Missouri
9. Midwestern State
11. Southwest Baptist
13. Fort Hays State
Receiving Votes - Texas A&M-Kingsville

Recruiting News
Chase Neumann’s entire football destiny took root in a mid-game snap decision.

“He started off as a sophomore playing outside linebacker,” Dewey High head coach Chris Revard said about his All-State defensive lineman. “In his first game against Nowata, coach Henley said ‘He can’t cover the flats.’ I said ‘We’ve got to have him on the field,’ so in the middle of the game we moved him to defensive tackle.”

Thus, history was born.

Neumann’s selection as an Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State defensive lineman, on the East squad, breaks a loooooonnng All-State drought for the Dewey program.

The last Dogger so honored was quarterback Brad Woodard — back in 1991.
Several colleges are aware of Neumann’s on-the-field and classroom strengths.

Southwestern Oklahoma has offered him a fullride scholarship, and a handful of Ivy League and private schools are in contact also with him, Revard said.

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