NCAA BASKETBALL STATISTICS (through games 11/9)
Men: West Texas A&M tops the nation in scoring defense (54.4).
Men: Texas A&M-Kingsville is fourth in field-goal percentage defense (35.7).
Men: Texas A&M-Kingsville is fifth in three-point field-goal percentage defense (24.7).
Men: West Texas A&M’s Donald Sims is fourth in field-goal percentage (72.4).
Women: Tarleton State’s Kiara Wright is third in rebounds per game (13.6) and double-doubles (six).
Women: Midwestern State’s Andrea Carter is fourth in rebounds per game (12.1).
Women: Tarleton State’s Peyton Adamson is fourth in three-point field goals per game (3.86).
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Kennon Washington, West Texas A&M University, SR, Guard, Mobile, Ala., W.P. Davidson HS
Washington had one of his best weeks as a Buffalo as WT went 1-1 with an overtime loss at Midwestern State before rebounding for an impressive victory over Cameron on Saturday in Canyon. The senior guard averaged an amazing 22.5 points per game to go along with 6.0 rebounds and a shooting percentage of .577 on the week. Washington contributed a 23 point performance on Wednesday in the loss to MSU before tallying 22 points and seven boards in the win over Cameron. The Mobile, Alabama native went 3-of-5 from behind the arc and 12-of-14 from the charity stripe.
Jason Smith, Texas A&M University - Commerce, SR, Forward, Fort Worth, Texas, Grace Prep HS
Smith was the Lions’ top player this past week as A&M-Commerce notched a pair of Lone Star Conference victories ... Smith averaged 18.0 points and 8.5 rebounds, shooting 80.0% from the floor and 85.7% from the free throw line ... He posted 17 points and five rebounds in the 90-88 victory over Abilene Christian Tuesday ... Against Angelo State, he notched his first double-double as a Lion, finishing with a team-high 19 points and 12 rebounds, shooting 87.5% from the floor (7-of-8) and 83.3% from the free throw line (5-of-6) ... Smith also added a game-high six assists against the Rams ... He is averaging 10.3 points and 5.1 rebounds while shooting 62.7% from the floor on the year for A&M-Commerce.
Corbin Thomas, Midwestern State University, SR, Forward, Chicago, Ill., Seton Academy
Thomas preserved Midwestern State’s 65-62 overtime win over then-No. 25 West Texas A&M blocking Mason White’s driving layup attempt in the closing seconds of the first overtime Wednesday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. The swat closed a big night for the senior transfer from Missouri State. Thomas notched his first double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds while swatting a season-high five shots to help the Mustangs improve to 3-0 in the Lone Star Conference.
Peyton Adamson, Tarleton State University, JR, Guard, Rockwall, Texas, Rockwall HS
Adamson led the TexAnns to back-to-back LSC wins over Angelo State and Abilene Christian last week. The junior guard from Rockwall averaged 17.5 points over those games, including a 23-point performance against ACU for her third 20-point game of the season. At Angelo, Adamson drilled a pair of deep 3-pointers to strengthen an 11-0 run to start the overtime period in the win against the Rambelles. She continued her torrid pace Saturday by going 6-11 from the floor, 5-7 from downtown and 6-6 from the free throw line in leading the TexAnns to a 78-60 win over ACU.
Dianna Jones, Midwestern State University, SO, Guard, Hewitt, Texas, Midway HS
Jones was instrumental in directing the Midwestern State attack in the Mustangs 74-55 triumph over West Texas A&M, the largest in 34 years over the Lady Buffs. The 5-9 sophomore guard from Hewitt, Texas/Midway accounted for 30 of the 74 MSU points, scoring 10 and dishing out 10 assists in the MSU triumph. She also grabbed two rebounds and collected three steals. Jones was 4-of-8 from the floor (.500) and 2-of-5 (.400) from the 3-point arc. It was the first 10 assist game for MSU since Michelle Duff dished out 11 dimes against Angelo State on Jan. 14, 2009 and the most in the LSC this season.
Kiara Wright, Tarleton State University, JR, Center, Pittsburg, Texas, Pittsburg HS
Wright was a defensive force for the TexAnns who earned victories over Angelo State and Abilene Christian while holding them to a combined .347 percent from the floor and 60.5 points per game. The junior center from Pittsburg averaged a double-double for the week with 15 points and 16 rebounds per contest. In Angelo, her 13 rebounds gave her 517 for her career which made her the 15th all-time rebounder in school history. She followed up that performance by setting a career-high in rebounds Saturday against ACU with 19 total boards (all defensive.) She also had three blocks and five steals for the week.
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