Wednesday, February 23, 2011

LSC Roundup 2-23

ASU BASEBALL: Rams sweep Ouachita Baptist - Nathan Wright, San Angelo Standard Times
Behind back-to-back home runs from Garrett Harris and Marcellous Biggins in the second game, the Rams swept Ouachita Baptist 5-4 in a 10-inning affair and 5-2 in the night cap.

After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the first, the Rams' Zach Cohen started things off with a single to the left side and scored on a Tate Allison double to leftfield. Center fielder Joseph Leftridge roped a two-out double to left to score Allison and give the Rams (6-6) a 2-1 advantage.

Buffs baseball team improves to 10-2 - Amarillo Globe News
West Texas A&M continued its hot start to the season, sweeping the University of Southwest, 12-0 and 16-2, Tuesday in a nonconference doubleheader at Wilder Park in Canyon.

The Buffs (10-2) cranked out 30 hits and 28 runs in the two games.


No. 500? It's not on Cooper's radar - Lance Lahnert, Amarillo Globe News
West Texas A&M men's basketball coach Rick Cooper would rather talk gardening than about him being one win away from reaching his 500th coaching victory.

"I don't think about it," Cooper said when asked his thoughts on the possibility of collecting his 500th win tonight if his Buffs defeat Incarnate Word. "Now, it would be very nice to get a win. We desperately need a win against a very good team that has already drilled us."

Cooper brings a 499-217 record into this crucial Lone Star Conference South Division game set to tip-off at 8 tonight in the First United Bank Center.

Rams hanging on through ups, downs - Nick Gholson, Times Record News
It has been a strange basketball season for Angelo State.

The Rams opened the year with six straight losses, despite getting 27 points a game from LaMarshall Corbett and 11.7 rebounds from Ridge McKeither. Then a dozen games into the season, Corbett — the Lone Star Conference preseason player of the year — was kicked off the team after a theft arrest. ASU responded by beating defending champ Midwestern State, 82-81 in overtime.

Four games later, Mc-Keither dislocated his knee at Eastern New Mexico, The 6-6 senior forward, averaging a double-double 18.1 points and 10.4 rebounds, was lost for the season. Then last Saturday night, the Rams tied an NCAA record with its ninth overtime game of the year.

Yet despite all that and the 11-13 record that goes with it, ASU still has a chance to go to the postseason party in Bartlesville next week.

Mustangs aim for .500 in LSC - J. Scott Russell, Times Record News
Their chance for making the postseason is through, and they can't even really play the spoiler either after Monday night's heartbreaking loss to Tarleton State.

But that doesn't mean the Midwestern State women don't have anything to play for coming into their final two games of the season.

The Angelo State Rambelles will be the opponent for the Mustangs final home game tonight in D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Lady Buffs Basketball Capsule - Ricky Treon, Amarillo Globe News
The Lady Buffs clinched a spot in the LSC tournament, beginning March 2 in Bartlesville, Okla., when Midwestern State lost to Tarleton State on Monday. ...The Lady Buffs haven’t won consecutive games since beating Texas A&M-Kingsville on Feb. 2 and Feb. 5. ...Incarnate Word has lost four of its last five games. ... Junior forward Jamie Simmons has 968 career points in two seasons at WT. Seventeen Lady Buffs have reached the 1,000-point plateau. ... Senior guard Megan McLain will make her final regular-season home start.

UCO stays 7th in basketball poll - UCO Sports
Lone Star Conference North Division champion Central Oklahoma remained No. 7 in the weekly NABC/Division II Coaches’ Poll that was released Tuesday.

The Bronchos, who clinched their fourth straight LSC North crown with Monday night’s 71-56 win over Northeastern State, earned 143 points in balloting of head coaches from around the country.

UCO, 23-3 on the year, makes its final regular season home appearance Wednesday when it hosts Southwestern Oklahoma at 7 p.m.

Unbeaten West Liberty (W.Va.) remained No. 1 in the rankings, followed by Bellarmine (Ky.), Humboldt State (Calif.), Alabama-Huntsville and Augusta State (Ga.).

LSC South Division champion Tarleton State is the only other conference team in the poll, coming in 20th.

NABC/Division II Coaches’ Poll
1. West Liberty (W.Va.)
2. Bellarmine (Ky.)
3. Humboldt State (Calif.)
4. Alabama-Huntsville
5. Augusta State (Ga.)
6. Minnesota State
7. Central Oklahoma
8. Missouri Southern
9. Arkansas Tech
10. Findlay (Ohio)
11. Central Washington
12. Southern Indiana
13. Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.)
14. Harding (Ark.)
15. Cal State-Dominguez Hills
16. Hillsdale (Mich.)
17. Fort Hays State (Kan.)
18. Rollins (Fla.)
19. Mary (N.D.)
20. Tarleton State (Texas)
21. Ferris State (Mich.)
22. Bowie State (Md.)
23. Colorado School of Mines
24. Bentley (Mass.)
25. Mercyhurst (Pa.)

LSC Weekly Basketball Release - LSC Office
Just 7 days until the LSC Basketball Championship!
Women’s championship central/information:
Men’s championship central/information:

The Lone Star Conference basketball regular season is down to just one week. Games will be played on Wednesday and Saturday to finalize the championship field.

On the men’s side, three teams - Central Oklahoma, Texas A&M-Commerce and Tarleton State - have punched tickets to Bartlesville, with the remaining five spots up for grabs.

For the women, the eight teams are set with Northeastern State, UCO, Texas Woman’s and Southeastern Oklahoma from the North Division and Tarleton, West Texas A&M, Angelo State and Abilene Christian from the South. Games this week will determine the seeding with only Tarleton positioned as the top seed in the South.

UCO has claimed the North men’s title for the fourth straight year, with only one loss at 9-1. Tarleton captured the men’s South crown to earn its fifth divisional title and first since 2006 with an 11-1 mark.

On the women’s side, Tarleton remains unbeaten in the South at 12-0 and grabbed the South title for the first time in school history.

The LSC men have a 207-164 overall record so far this season, including a 105-70 mark in the South Division and 92-84 in the North. In league crossover action, the South Division holds a 36-20 record over its North opponents including a flawless 7-0 record by West Texas A&M. In the NCAA South Central Region, the men’s teams are currently 25-12 combined versus Heartland Conference teams and 6-2 against the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA).

The LSC women are 196-195 overall, with an 87-106 mark in the South and 109-89 in the North this season. In league crossover play the North has the advantage, 38-26, including a perfect 8-0 mark by Northeastern State over the South teams. The women’s teams are currently 18-22 combined versus Heartland Conference squads and 4-2 against the MIAA in the NCAA South Central Region.

All-session tickets are now available for the upcoming Lone Star Conference Basketball Championship at a discounted rate. All tickets purchased by the February 23 deadline will come with a $20 savings off the regular price as well as a free LSC Basketball Championship souvenir.

This year’s LSC Basketball Championship will be played March 2-6 in Bartlesville, Okla., for the fourth and final time. The top eight men’s and top eight women’s teams from the conference will combine to play 14 games over a five-day span, culminating with the women’s championship game on Saturday night, March 5, and the men’s championship contest on Sunday afternoon, March 6.

All-session tickets are $35 if purchased in advance. After Wednesday’s deadline for advance purchases, the price will be $55 for all-session tickets or $12 per session. Student prices will be $27 for all-session tickets or $7 per session. The tournament will be played in eight separate sessions, with two sessions per day on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, along with single sessions on both Friday and Sunday.

Fans can purchase tickets by contacting their local athletic department through Wednesday, Feb. 23. Also, tickets are available online at the LSC website (

In men’s games played last week, the LSC had three players score more than 30 points, 20 over the 20-point mark and eight double-digit rebounders, while seven recorded a double-double. Top performances included:
Points, Men: 40, Richard Thomas, ASU vs ENMU
Rebounds, Men: 14, Chris Roussell, SE at A&M-C
Assists, Men: 10, Lionel Foster, WTAMU vs MSU
Steals, Men: 5, Dauntae Williams, UCO at ECU; Chris Roussell, SE at A&M-C

On the women’s side, the league had two players clear the 30-point mark, 10 with more than 20 points and 19 double-digit rebounders, while 17 posted double-doubles in action last week. Top performances included:
Points, Women: 38, Jamie Simmons, WT at Tarleton
Rebounds, Women: 17, Chloe Wallace, UIW at ACU
Assists, Women: 7, Four players
Steals, Women: 6, Lindsey Youngblood, ASU at UIW

Jamere King, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, JR, Guard, Tulsa, Okla., Booker T. Washington HS

King averaged 18.5 points and shot better than 58% from three-point range in leading Southwestern Oklahoma to a 2-0 week that included victories over Texas A&M-Commerce and Southeastern Oklahoma. King scored a season-high 27 points in the 80-72 win against A&M-C, which included seven three-pointers. He has taken over the conference lead in three-point accuracy making better than 47% of his shots.

Tyris Dowell, Texas A&M University - Commerce, SR, Guard, Avinger, Texas, Avinger HS/ Clarendon JC

In three games Dowell averaged 8 points, 4 rebounds, and 4.7 assists with four steals and two blocks. He had a three-steal effort in a win over Southeastern Oklahoma as the Lions held the Savage Storm to 29% shooting from the field and forced them into 19 turnovers.

Corin Henry, Tarleton State University, SR, Guard, Randallstown, Md., New Town HS

Henry led the Tarleton Texans to three wins and a LSC South Division title this week after leading the squad in scoring in all three games. He scored 13 points against West Texas A&M in Stephenville before tallying 14 points at Texas A&M-Kingsville and 10 points at Midwestern State. Henry scored the last five points of the game on Monday to give the Texans the victory. He tied the game at 47 with 1:28 left on the clock with a three from the top of the key before hitting a jumpshot from the elbow to put Tarleton ahead 49-47 with 19 seconds remaining. The win gave the Texans the LSC South title and ensured Tarleton the top-seed in the South for the LSC Championship Tournament. Henry shot .481 from the field on the week and also pulled down 14 rebounds – 11 of them on the defensive end of the floor. He led the team in steals with eight and assists with 14 – moving up to No. 12 on the Tarleton all-time assists list. He led the team with eight rebounds at TAMUK.

Donta Smith, Tarleton State University, SR, Forward, Baskin, La., Mangham HS

Smith led the Texans with a 5.3 rebounds per game average this week and two blocks. He helped Tarleton to the LSC South Division title as the Texans claimed three wins (West Texas A&M, Texas A&M-Kingsville and Midwestern State). Smith led Tarleton with seven rebounds in the game at MSU on Monday. He recorded 16 total rebounds this week - with 10 on the defensive end. Tarleton’s defense held opponents to a .341 shooting percentage form the floor, including a .208-mark from the three-point arc. Tarleton held opponents to a 42.0 points per game average.

Kayla Weaver, Texas Woman’s University, SR, Forward, Aquilla, Texas, Aquilla HS

Weaver averaged a team best 16.7 points to lead the Pioneers to a 2-1 record during the week including a win over #6 Northeastern State. She recorded her fifth double-double of the season at East Central with 16 points and 10 rebounds. On the season Weaver leads the team in scoring with 14.4 ppg and second rebounding with 7.0 rpg.

Jessica Hanna, Texas Woman’s University, JR, Guard, China Spring, Texas, China Spring HS

Hanna helped the team to 2-1 record during the week including a win over #6 Northeastern State. She cleared 17 defensive rebounds and recorded five steals in three games. She was the leader on defense against NSU and helped TWU hold the RiverHawks to 21 points below their season average (67.7) and 30 percent shooting. With the post players in foul trouble, Hanna was forced to guard NSU’s Jasmine Webb giving up three inches in height. With her help the Pioneers held Webb to 1-for-9 shooting. Hanna also drew two key charges on defense and helped the Pioneers to their third win over a top-25 team this season. She finished the week with 39 points including a game-high 16 points and 8 rebounds against Northeastern State. The Pioneers also held two of the three opponents to just 46 points.

Shelby Adamson, Tarleton State University, JR, Guard, Rockwall, Texas, Rockwall HS

Adamson scored 19 points in the first two games and 17 in the third, as the TexAnns clinched the Lone Star Conference South title for the first time in school history last week. Adamson has led Tarleton in scoring all season and last week was no different. The junior guard scored 19 points, grabbed six boards, dished out five assists, and recorded five steals in the win over West Texas A&M. She followed that up with 19 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals, while going 7-of-7 from the floor in the win over A&M-Kingsville. To finish off the week, Adamson scored 17 points and went a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line to seal a comeback victory at Midwestern State.

Lindsey Youngblood, Angelo State University, SO, Forward, Thorndale, Texas, Thorndale HS

Youngblood finished last week with a team-best seven steals and helped hold the Belles’ opponents to just 43.0 points. The sophomore forward helped Angelo State hold Eastern New Mexico to just 37 points, the first time the Zias were limited to less than 40 points in a game since 2000. Youngblood was excellent defensively for the Belles in their 53-49 win at Incarnate Word as she recorded a career-high six steals and 13 points in the game. The Thorndale, Texas, native finished the week with 21 points, 10.5 points per game, eight rebounds, 4.0 rebounds per game, seven steals, three assists and one block.


No. 7 Lady Buffs sweep doubleheader - Amarillo Globe News
The No. 7 West Texas A&M softball team swept New Mexico Highlands on Tuesday at Las Vegas, N.M.

The Lady Buffs (9-1) beat the Cowgirls 3-0 and 11-2.

In the opener, Kasey Hennderson’s two-run triple in the third inning lifted the Lady Buffs to victory. Marci Womack (5-0) went the distance, struck out five and allowed three hits.

In the second game, the Lady Buffs belted four doubles, including a three-run double by pinch-hitter Brooke Webster in a five-run fifth inning.

LSC Weekly Softball Release - LSC Office
Softball season is in full swing for Lone Star Conference teams. Angelo State is still undefeated at 15-0 marking the second-best start in school history, while Midwestern State continues its best start in program history at 15-1.

LSC softball teams are 102-60 overall, with a 54-35 record in the South and 48-25 in the North this season. The squads are currently 32-19 combined versus Heartland Conference squads and 18-11 against the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, which are the other two conferences in the NCAA South Central Region.

Emily Kennemer, East Central University, JR, First Baseman, Mesquite, Texas, Mesquite HS

Kennemer hit for the cycle as ECU blanked Pittsburg State 8-0 in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday. She drove home three runs in the contest. For the week, she had a 1.250 slugging percentage and a .636 on-base percentage for the week. She was 4-for-8 from the plate in the three game series with PSU.

Kristina Gutierrez, Midwestern State University, SR, Pitcher, Pearland, Texas, Dobie HS

Gutierrez weaved the third no-hitter in program history then followed by taking a no-no into the seventh inning as Midwestern State roll to a 4-0 showing at the MSU Invitational last weekend. The senior from Pearland struck out 14 and walked just two batters to no-hit Eastern New Mexico 10-0 on Friday, then allowed a one-hit single in the seventh inning in a one-hit win over Drury (Mo.) Sunday afternoon. For the week, Gutierrez limited the opposition to a .027 batting average while allowing one hit in 12 innings in the circle. She fanned 28 and walked two.

DeeshanaLynn Tafiti, Angelo State University, JR, 3B, Kalaheo, Hawaii, Waimea HS

Tafiti hit .526 (10-for-19) at the Southeastern Oklahoma Invitational and helped lead the third-ranked Angelo State softball team to a 6-0 week. Tafiti drove in 11 RBIs, while blasting two home runs and scoring five times during the seven-day stretch. The Kalaheo, Hawaii native had a team-high 1.000 slugging percentage and a .571 on-base percentage

Mary Kate McKay, Angelo State University, FR, Pitcher, Madill, Okla., Madill HS

McKay went 3-0 on the week and improved to 8-0 on the season. The freshman threw three complete games at the Southeastern Oklahoma Invitational, allowing just two earned runs in 21.0 innings of work for a 0.67 ERA. The Madhill, Okla., native held her opponents to a .197 batting average during the tournament.

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