The holiday break is here, which means seven consecutive days off for Lone Star Conference teams due to the NCAA Division II Life in the Balance Initiative. Games resume on Dec. 29 with non-conference and league action through the New Year.
In league play, two men’s squads - Midwestern State and Texas A&M-Commerce - and two women’s teams - Incarnate Word and Tarleton State - remain undefeated.
The LSC men have a 58-42 overall record so far this season. In the NCAA South Central Region, the men’s teams are currently 13-14 combined versus Heartland Conference teams and 3-1 opposed to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
The LSC women are 48-56 overall. The women’s squads are currently 15-11 combined versus Heartland teams, and 5-1 against the RMAC, which are the other conferences in the NCAA South Central Region.
The LSC champion will be the regular season winner determined by conference games, while the postseason tournament winner is designated as LSC Tournament Champion and earns the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA Championship. The top eight teams in the final conference standings qualify for the postseason tournament set for March 6-9 in Allen, Texas.
NCAA BASKETBALL STATISTICS (through games 12/16)
Men: West Texas A&M is second in the nation in scoring defense (54.4).
Men: Texas A&M-Kingsville is second 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 second 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 fifth in rebounds per game (12.1).
Women: Tarleton State’s Peyton Adamson is third in three-point field goals per game (3.86).
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Craig Foster, Cameron University, JR, Guard, Lawton, Okla., Lawton HS
Foster led the Aggies was a key contributor in the Aggies three games this week. Against Eastern New Mexico, he was one assist shy of getting a double-double with 12 points and nine assists. Foster was a major factor in the Aggies 17 point comeback against Florida Tech, where he shot an amazing 58.3 percent from the field, on his way to a 21 point game. In the game against Rollins College, he led the Cameron back from a 28 point deficit to get the game to within seven late in the second half. Foster had his career high in points against Rollins with 26, along with five assists and three rebounds. Foster averaged 20.7 points this week with a 50 percent shooting percentage. He was 37.5 percent from behind the arc and 80 percent from the free throw line.
Denzel Livingston, University of the Incarnate Word, SO, Guard, Houston, Texas, Waltrip HS
Livingston was outstanding in the Cardinals’ 80-59 win over Texas A&M-International. He scored a season high 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the floor. He grabbed eight defensive rebounds, dished out four assists, blocked five shots and had three steals in his best all-around game of the season. He scored 15 points in the second half when the Cardinals outscored the Dustdevils, 45-29. He was a key reason why TAMIU shot just 33.3 percent from the field.
Ashlyn Green, University of the Incarnate Word, SR, Guard, Irving, Texas, Irving HS
Green came off the bench to lead the Cardinals to an important 59-52 LSC win on the road at Texas Woman’s. The win improved the Cardinals to 3-0 in conference play. She poured in 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds. She scored the final six points of the game to prevent a TWU comeback. She connected on 8-of-10 from the foul line, including four straight in the final 29 seconds.
Haylee Oliver, Angelo State University, SO, Forward, San Saba, Texas, San Saba HS
Oliver recorded her fourth consecutive double-double of the season in a 80-66 win over Texas A&M-International. The sophomore led all scorers with 22 points and hit four 3-pointers. All 10 rebounds for Oliver came on the defensive end. The Belles held the Dustdevils to 33.3-percent shooting (25-75) on the night. She added two assists and one steal to move the Belles to 6-4 on the season.