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The Lone Star Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship is this week at the Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas. The top eight teams have advanced to the LSC Championship Tournament and the postseason begins with first-round games on Wednesday, Feb. 29.
Midwestern State and Tarleton State shared the LSC men’s title with identical 15-3 records. MSU is the No. 1 seed by virtue of two wins over Incarnate Word, who defeated Tarleton. On the women’s side, Tarleton State claimed the No. 1 seed and LSC championship with a 17-3 mark.
Tickets are available through Ticketmaster outlets and Ticketmaster.com, as well as the Allen Event Center box office. Single-session tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Premium seating options are available as well, with more details available at: www.lonestarconference.org/allen.
All the championship games will be web streamed live on FoxSportsSouthwest.com. The webcasts are available free of charge. Each webcast includes both video and audio, with viewers needing only a computer with a high-speed DSL or cable modem connection to the internet.
- Tarleton State tops the nation in field-goal percentage defense (37.6).
- Midwestern State leads NCAA Division II in three-point field-goal defense (26.5).
- Texas A&M-Kingsville’s Ashton Brown is shooting 96.1 percent from the free throw line (124-129), which leads the nation.
- Tarleton State’s Peyton Adamson is shooting 92.7 percent from the free throw line (76-82), which leads NCAA Division II.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Fabian Wilson, Tarleton State University, SR, Forward, New Orleans, La., Creekside HS
Wilson averaged 22.0 points and 7.5 rebounds a game as Tarleton won a pair of games to clinch a share of the LSC Championship... The senior forward finished his regular season career in style with an 18-point, 12-rebound performance at Angelo State on Wednesday, and a 26-point night in Saturday’s win over Abilene Christian. Wilson shot 60.9 percent from the field, 50 percent from three-point range and hit 14-of-17 free throw attempts.
Devondrick Walker, Texas A&M University - Commerce, SO, Forward, Garland, Texas, Garland HS
Walker led the Lions to a pair of wins, leading A&M-Commerce in scoring in both games. Walker had 17 points against Abilene Christian and a career-high 24 points in the win over Angelo State. He shot 11-of-19 from the floor (.579) and 4-of-8 from three-point range (.500), but was key from the free throw line in both wins, hitting 15 of his 16 free throws (.938). He also averaged five rebounds per game while dishing out a career-best three assists in the win over the Rams to clinch the eight spot in the conference tournament.
Chris Harrell, Tarleton State University, SR, Guard, Elgin, Texas, Elgin HS
Harrell anchored a Texan defense that led Tarleton to a share of the LSC title. The senior guard recorded two steals and 10 defensive rebounds over the two-game stretch in which the Texans won a pair of LSC contests. Harrell also averaged 12.0 points and recorded five assists to help out.
Paige Weishuhn, Angelo State University, SR, Center, Wall, Texas, Wall HS
Weishuhn was unstoppable against No. 1 seed Tarleton State as the senior tied a career-high with 29 points on 10-of-18 shooting in the Belles 70-63 victory of the TexAnns last Wednesday, snapping ASU’s five-game losing streak. The Wall native also added her third double-double of the season with 10 rebounds and tied a personal-best with four assists in that contest in her final home game as a Belle. Weishuhn followed that performance with 13 points at Texas A&M-Commerce last week, despite sitting out most of the game with foul trouble. For the week, she averaged 21 PPG along with 7.0 rebounds per contests and tied the team-lead with six assists while shooting 50.0 percent (14-28) from the field and 75.0 percent (12-16) from the free throw line.
Haylee Oliver, Angelo State University, FR, Forward, San Saba, Texas, San Saba HS
Oliver had her first double-double of the season against No. 1 seed Tarleton State last Wednesday in the Belles 70-63 win over the TexAnns, snapping its five-game losing streak. The freshman had 13 points and 13 rebounds (10 defensive) while helping the Belles hold the TexAnns to nearly 10 points less than their average and holding the league’s second-best 3-point shooting team to only 4-of-16 shooting for the contest. Oliver also had a block on her stat line.