Thursday, January 7, 2010

Weekly Basketball Release


Midwestern State improved to 13-0 and is the only remaining undefeated Lone Star Conference basketball team.

The LSC men have a 109-65 overall record so far this season, including a 60-25 mark in the South Division and 49-40 in the North. In league crossover play the South has the advantage, 21-15. In the NCAA South Central Region, the men's teams are currently 24-10 combined versus Heartland Conference teams and 3-2 against the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA).

The LSC women are 106-73 overall, with a 49-41 mark in the North and 57-32 in the South this season. In league crossover action, the South Division holds a 26-16 record over its North opponents. In the NCAA South Central Region, the women's teams are currently 25-10 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, 10 over the 20-point mark and 11 double-digit rebounders, while eight recorded double-doubles.
Points, Men: 31, Eric Allen, ECU at Southwest Christian
Rebounds, Men: 16, William Slones, SE at St. Edward's
Assists, Men: 9, Two players
Steals, Men: 6, Two players

On the women's side, the league had 13 score over 20 points and 11 double-digit rebounders, while nine posted double-doubles in action last week. Top performances included:
Points, Women: 29, Felicia Soza, TAMUK vs Texas A&M-Int'l
Rebounds, Women: 16, Destiny Brown, SE at Ouchita Baptist
Assists, Women: 10, Two players
Steals, Women: 6, Jessica Hanna, TWU at St. Edward's

Players of the Week
NORTH MEN'S OFFENSIVE
Tyler Phillips, Central Oklahoma, So., G-F, Edmond, Okla./Oklahoma Christian School

Phillips helped UCO to a perfect 3-0 week by averaging 18.0 points and 6.0 rebounds a game while shooting 51.6 percent (16-of-31) from the field -- including 47.4 percent (9-of-19) from 3-point range -- and 86.7 percent (13-of-15) from the line. The sophomore guard-forward had 18 points while making 7-of-8 free throws in a 98-80 rout of Missouri S&T, had four 3-pointers in a 21-point outing in a 91-83 win over St. Edward's and chipped in 15 points and eight rebounds in an 89-73 win over league rival Texas A&M-Kingsville.

NORTH MEN'S DEFENSIVE
Dauntae Williams, Central Oklahoma, Jr., G, Missouri City, Texas/Elkins HS
Williams had another stellar all-around week in helping the Bronchos go 3-0, earning MVP honors in the St. Edward's Classic on Dec. 29-30 in the process. The junior guard averaged 17.3 points, 9.0 rebounds (6.3 defensive), 4.3 assists and 2.7 steals a game while shooting 54.1 percent from the field and 83.3 percent from the line. Williams had 15 points, nine rebounds (five defensive) and five steals in a 98-70 rout of Missouri S&T, 22 points, nine rebounds (six defensive), two steals and a blocked shot in a 91-83 win over St. Edward's and 15 points, nine rebounds (eight defensive) and one steal in an 89-73 victory over Texas A&M-Kingsville.

SOUTH MEN'S OFFENSIVE
LaDarius Hall, West Texas A&M, Jr., G, Thomasville, Ga./Thomasville

Normally playing the role of the Buffs' sixth-man, junior LaDarius Hall saw starting duty against Oklahoma Panhandle State. During that contest, the Thomasville, Ga., native tied his season-high with five three-pointers, en route to an 18-point outing. One game earlier, he hit 18 points in his accustomed reserve role against New Mexico Highlands on Dec. 29. Over the past week, he averaged 18.0 points and 3.0 rebounds while shooting 52.3 pct. from the field and 46.2 pct. from beyond the arc. For the season, Hall is averaging 12.9 ppg.

SOUTH MEN'S DEFENSIVE
Corin Henry, Tarleton State, Jr., G, Randallstown, Md.

Henry helped the Texans to three wins thanks to nine steals and 12 defensive rebounds. Off of those steals, the Texans scored nine points while 12 of the junior's 14 rebounds came on the defensive end of the floor. The Texan also averaged 8.0 points per game with a week-high of 11 points. The point guard averaged just 26.0 minutes per game after averaging over 32 minutes prior to the three games. He averaged 3.0 steals per game while also recording 16 assists as well.

NORTH WOMEN'S OFFENSIVE
Ashley Beckley, Central Oklahoma, Jr., Forward, Turpin, Okla./Turpin

Beckley helped guide UCO to a 3-0 week, averaging 15.7 points and 6.3 rebounds a game while shooting 53.6 percent (15-of-28) from the field. The junior forward had 20 points and nine rebounds in a 78-65 win at St. Mary's, added 14 points, five rebounds and three steals in a come-from-behind 83-73 victory over Incarnate Word and 13 points while making 7-of-8 free throws despite foul trouble in a 100-81 rout of Texas A&M-Kingsville.

NORTH WOMEN'S DEFENSIVE
Jessica Hanna, Texas Woman's, So., Guard, China Spring, Texas/China Spring

Hanna was named the Hilltopper New Years Classic MVP after averaging 16.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.0 steals in two games. She helped the Pioneers to 2-0 record with 10 points and six steals against the host St. Edward's and 22 points and 10 rebounds against Texas A&M International. Hanna recorded a career-high six steals against SEU and helped the Pioneers rally from a 13-point deficit for an one point win in the final 10 minutes.

SOUTH WOMEN'S OFFENSIVE
Megan McLain, West Texas A&M, Jr., G, Channing, Texas

McLain's tenacity on the court served her well over the holidays as she posted new career highs and double-digit scoring in three of the four Lady Buff outings. She totaled 56 points for an average of 14.0 points per game. She was also third on the team in rebounds with an average of 5.8 per game. She shot at a 62.2 percent clip from the field, making 23-37 attempts and was 8-10 from the free throw line. She also dished out 14 assists and tallied six steals and a block. Against Hawaii-Pacific, McLain recorded her first 20-plus scoring game with 22 points. She set a new career high in rebounds with eight against Chaminade. McLain was also a solid performer in the win over #7-ranked Fort Lewis with 15 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals.

SOUTH WOMEN'S DEFENSIVE
Joni Unruh, West Texas A&M, Jr., G, Amarillo, Texas

Unruh continues to perform well both offensively and defensively for the Lady Buffs. In the last four games, she led the team in steals with nine and defensive boards with 17, averaging 6.5 rebounds per game. WT averaged 20 more points than each team, as Unruh helped hold teams in the last four games to an average of 61.5 points, including holding Chaminade under 50 points with a final score of 88-46. Offensively, Unruh led the team in points, averaging 15.5 points per game. She shot 60 percent from the field and was 8-9 from the charity stripe for a 88.9 percent accuracy. She also dished out a team-leading 18 assists. Unruh tallied double-digit scoring in all of the last four games, enjoying her third double-double outing with 16 points and 10 rebounds against BYU-Hawaii.

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