Thursday, October 25, 2012

LSC Basketball Media Day



Tarleton State is favored by a slim margin in the 2012-13 Lone Star Conference men’s basketball preseason poll announced Thursday.

      The league's preseason polls reflect the opinions of LSC head coaches and sports information directors, plus various media representatives from throughout the region.

      Tarleton edged Midwestern State for the No. 1 spot by seven points, as both teams earned 12 first-place votes each, for totals of 269 and 262, respectively.  The Texans and Mustangs shared last year’s championship with identical 15-3 league records.

      West Texas A&M was third with 246 points and four top votes, Incarnate Word fourth (166), and Cameron fifth (139).

      Texas A&M-Kingsville was sixth (130), Abilene Christian seventh (112), Angelo State eighth (95 and one first-place vote), Texas A&M-Commerce ninth (91) and Eastern New Mexico tenth (85).

      Furthermore,  WTAMU’s Donald Sims was tabbed as Preseason Player of the Year.  Sims was the popular choice with votes on 25 of the 29 ballots.  The remaining four votes were split amongst four other players.

      Sims, a senior from Chester, S.C., led the Buffs in scoring (14.1) and rebounding (9.3) last season.  He also led the league in rebounds en route to LSC Newcomer of the Year and all-LSC second team acclaim.

      The LSC has 10 teams set for this season and if the preseason poll is any indication the league race should be as tight as ever.  The season begins November 9 with LSC teams playing a double round robin league schedule, in which each team plays a home and away contest against each of the other teams to determine the LSC champion.

      The LSC champion will be the regular season winner determined by league games, while the postseason tournament winner is designated as LSC Tournament Champion and earns the conference’s automatic qualification.  The top eight teams in the final conference standings qualify for the postseason tournament set for March 6-9 in Allen, Texas.

MEN’S BASKETBALL 1st TOTAL
1 Tarleton State  12 269
2 Midwestern State  12 262
3 West Texas A&M 4 246
4 Incarnate Word 166
5 Cameron  139
6 Texas A&M-Kingsville 130
7 Abilene Christian  112
8 Angelo State  1   95
9 Texas A&M-Commerce   91
10 Eastern New Mexico    85

Tarleton State is the top choice to defend its Lone Star Conference title, according to the 2012-13 LSC preseason women’s basketball poll announced Thursday.

      The league's preseason polls reflect the opinions of LSC head coaches and sports information directors, plus various media representatives from throughout the region.

      Tarleton (23-9 overall, 17-3 LSC) claimed its first-ever LSC Championship and Tournament crown last season.  The TexAnns earned first-place votes on 20 of the 31 ballots for a total of 323 points.  West Texas A&M finished second in the poll with seven first-place nods and 303 points.

      Midwestern State was third with 262 points and one top vote, Angelo State fourth (212 and two first-place nods) and Incarnate Word fifth (211).

      Texas Woman’s was tabbed sixth (176), Abilene Christian seventh (170 and one top vote), and Cameron eighth (157).  Texas A&M-Kingsville (98), Eastern New Mexico (93) and Texas A&M-Commerce (41) rounded out the poll.

      Additionally, ACU’s Mackenzie Lankford was honored as Preseason Player of the Year.  Lankford was the top choice on 14 of the 31 ballots cast.  Tarleton’s Kiara Wright and Peyton Adamson received four nods each, while four others collected the remaining votes.

      Lankford, a junior from Weatherford, Texas, was a Daktronics third team NCAA Division II all-America in 2011-12.  She led the league and finished fifth in NCAA Division II in scoring, with 21.5 points per game en route to All-Lone Star Conference first team acclaim.  Lankford was also named to the all-academic team.

      The LSC has 11 teams set for this season and the competition should be as close as ever.  The season begins November 9 with LSC teams playing a double round robin, in which each team plays a home and away contest against each of the other teams to determine the LSC champion.

      The LSC champion will be the regular season winner determined by league games, while the postseason tournament winner is designated as LSC Tournament Champion and earns the conference’s automatic qualification.  The top eight teams in the final conference standings qualify for the postseason tournament set for March 6-9 in Allen, Texas.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL 1st TOTAL
1 Tarleton State  20 323
2 West Texas A&M 7 303
3 Midwestern State  1 262
4 Angelo State  2 212
5 Incarnate Word 211
6 Texas Woman's  176
7 Abilene Christian  1 170
8 Cameron  157
9 Texas A&M-Kingsville 98
10 Eastern New Mexico  93
11 Texas A&M-Commerce 41


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