Tuesday, March 8, 2011

LSC Roundup 3-8

LSC Closes “Awesome Chapter” In Bartlesville - LSC Office
The Buffaloes Are Going Dancing!  - WTAM Sports
Pioneers seeded seventh in NCAA South Central Regional  - TWU Sports

UCO's Williams Heads All-Tournament Team - LSC Office
When UCO forward Dauntae Williams arrived in Bartlesville on Tuesday of this week, it wasn’t long before he was accepting his LSC North Offensive Player of the Year award, given out at the LSC Championship banquet.

He’ll leave the town nearly a week later with more hardware after being named LSC Championship MVP in helping the Bronchos to three wins, including a convincing 68-52 win over Tarleton State.

After a quarterfinal win Thursday afternoon, UCO head coach Terry Evans said his team would have to give the star forward plenty of help in order to complete the three-game journey to win the LSC Championship.

While that definitely happened, as guys like Brent Friday and Victor Driver came up big, along with brothers Tucker Phillips and Tyler Phillips, in the end, Williams still lifted his team in all areas.

In claiming the MVP, Williams scored 56 points – second only to Tarleton State’s Corin Henry (69 points), but averaged 6.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists as well. Williams shot .486 from the field – hitting 17 of 35 attempts. He also led all players with seven assists in the tournament.

“Dauntae was our leader all year long and he deserves everything he gets,” Evans said. “He’s a great player for us and I’m proud of what he’s been able to do this year.”

Here is the rest of the 2011 all-tournament team:

Corin Henry, Tarleton State – The senior guard, who was named LSC South Defensive Player of the Year, was actually the only consistent offensive scorer for the Texans during the weekend. Henry led all scorers in Bartlesville with 69 points. Henry tied a career-high with 29 points against Midwestern State on Saturday and had 19 in the championship game – the only TSU player in double figures against UCO.

Victor Driver, UCO – In three games off the bench, Driver proved to be a scoring threat for the Bronchos, including a 25-point outburst against Eastern New Mexico on Thursday, which more than doubled his career high. Driver scored in double figures in all three games.

Brent Friday, UCO – After playing more of a supporting role in the first two games, Friday led the Bronchos with 16 points in Sunday’s championship game over Tarleton State. Friday finished the weekend averaging 13.7 points.

Chris Hagan, MSU – Despite suffering two different ankle injuries in the two games, Hagan managed to score 26 points in Thursday’s win over Texas A&M-Commerce and then 21 against Tarleton State on Saturday. Hagan scored 19 of those points in the first half against the Texans.

LaDarius Hall, WTAMU – Hall averaged 14.5 points per game in two contests, including 19 in the quarterfinal win over Cameron. Hall also had a game-tying basket in regulation during WT’s double-overtime loss to Central Oklahoma in the quarterfinals.

TWU’s Weaver Named Tournament MVP - LSC Office
While the entire squad from Texas Woman’s hoisted the trophy for winning the Lone Star Conference Championship in Bartlesville – the schools first from the LSC in any sport, there was one individual with her own hardware.

TWU’s Kayla Weaver was named Most Valuable Player of the 2011 tournament, thanks in large part to her game-winning basket that gave the Pioneers the lead with 22 seconds to play.

Ironically enough, UCO tried to answer with Alex Richardson in the final possession, but Richardson’s shot hit the bottom of the backboard as the final second ticked off the clock. Had Richardson gotten that shot to fall, not only would the Bronchos have won the game and the championship, but Richardson would’ve likely been named MVP for her three-game efforts.

But that’s how close the entire tournament went as Weaver was a catalyst in TWU’s remarkable run as the No. 3 seed in the North. The Pioneers knocked off West Texas A&M – the winner of the previous three LSC women’s titles, then No. 1 seed Northeastern State and No. 2 seed Central Oklahoma.

While Weaver was the MVP, here is the rest of the 2011 all-tournament team:

Jessica Hanna, TWU – The junior guard not only averaged 13.3 points in three games, but she hit two game-winners. Hannah hit a driving layup in the final seconds to beat WT on Wednesday and then another jumper in the final minute to give the Pioneers the lead against Northeastern State. Hannah had 18 in the final against UCO.

Brooke Shepherd, TWU – After scoring just 16 points in the first two wins, Shepherd came up huge in the third game against UCO, scoring 20 points, including several big 3’s in the second half against the Bronchos.

Alex Richardson, UCO – The junior post was dominant in all three games of the weekend, including a career-high 28 points in the final against TWU. Richardson also paced the Bronchos in the semifinals against Tarleton State with a 26-point, 19-rebound effort.

Ashley Beckley, UCO – The team’s lone senior carried the Bronchos, especially down the stretch in the semifinal win over Tarleton State when she hit clutch shots in regulation and overtime. Beckley averaged 19.3 points per game, second only to Richardson this weekend.

Shelby Adamson, Tarleton State – The junior guard continued to be the glue to the Texans’ overall attack. In two games, Adamson averaged 16.5 points. And she was sorely missed down the stretch in TSU’s loss to UCO when she fouled out late in the first overtime. Adamson’s 16 made free throws were second this weekend, only behind 17 from Weaver, who played an extra game.


Of note: ACU Coach Britt Bonneau won his 600th career game Saturday.   After this past weekends action, he has won 602 games.




Women - Outdoor Track Opens Season - TAMK Sports
Men - Outdoor Track Opens Season - TAMK Sports



Cousin of Thurman Thomas Joins Javs Backfield - KRIS TV (with video)
His grandfather and dad both played in the NFL, and his cousin is Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas. So the apple didn't fall far from the tree when Jai Cavness emerged as a dominate football star.

"We're not big guys so we have to play with a lot of heart," said the 5'8" tailback, who took advantage of any advise his cousin had to offer.

"Ball security is a big thing for (Thomas, who played in four Super Bowls with the Bills). He didn't fumble a lot and that's a big determining factor why he is in the Hall of Fame. Him helping me, even with he was busy, really made me the player I am today."

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