Wednesday, January 23, 2013

LSC Roundup 1-23

Colby Carthel named A&M-Commerce's 19th Head Football Coach - TAMC
Colby Carthel: Recruiting his top priority - Mark Haslett, Amarillo Globe News
Colby Carthel named new head football coach at A&M-Commerce - 88.9 KETR


Lone Star Conference to have four-team football playoff beginning in 2014 - George Vondracek, Corpus Christi Caller-Times




A conference playoff in football was arguably the most notable in a series of changes endorsed by the Lone Star Conference Council of Presidents this past Friday at the annual winter meeting for the league’s governing group.
      
President Dan Jones of Texas A&M University-Commerce served as chair for the meeting, which was held in conjunction with the NCAA Convention in Grapevine.
      
The Council’s unanimous approval of a conference playoff is set to begin with the 2014 football schedule.  After playing six conference games over the first nine weeks of an 11-week regular season, the LSC’s seven football teams will split into two brackets to conduct a two-week conference playoff.
      
“College football fans everywhere believe in the playoff system, and this is going to transform the back end of  our schedules and add some real excitement with high stakes,” LSC commissioner Stan Wagnon said. “Not many conferences get the opportunity to conduct their own two-week playoff, and I applaud our presidents for seeing this as a creative solution to the challenge of finding enough non-conference opponents to accommodate our teams.”
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WT men's capsule - Lance Lahnert, Amarillo Globe News
WT women face ENMU - Jacob Mayer, Amarillo Globe News



Mustangs, Aggies renew Red River Rivalry - MSU MBB
Aggie men face Mustangs in LSC Rivalry Week - CU MBB
Men's Basketball To Face Angelo State, Needs Two Wins To Enter Postseason Picture - ACU MBB
LSC leading Mustangs visit Cameron in Red River Rivalry - MSU WBB
Women's Basketball Preview: Texas Woman's - TSU WBB
Lady Buffs Ride Three-Game Winning Streak into Eastern New Mexico Series - WTAM WBB


LSC Basketball Weekly Release: Rivalry Week on tap - LSC Office
Lone Star Conference teams are set for Rivalry Week, during they will play each other twice in home-and-home contests.  Midwestern State leads the men’s standings, while there is a three-way tie between Abilene Christian, MSU and Tarleton State on the women’s side.
    
On the men’s side, the top four teams - MSU and Cameron along with Incarnate Word and Texas A&M-Kingsville - will face each other as part of Rivalry Week.
    
The competition on the women’s side matches teams from the top and bottom of the standings.
    
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.
    
The LSC men have a 89-68 overall record so far this season.  In the NCAA South Central Region, the men’s teams are currently 14-15 combined versus Heartland Conference teams and 3-1 opposed to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
    
The LSC women are 83-87 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.
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NCAA BASKETBALL STATISTICS (through games 01/17)
Men: West Texas A&M is second in the nation in scoring defense (55.4).
Men: Texas A&M-Kingsville is third in field-goal percentage defense (37.8).
Men: WT’s Donald Sims is second in field-goal percentage (67.7).
Women: Tarleton State is first in field-goal percentage (47.8).
Women: Abilene Christian is fifth in three-point field goals per game (9.1).
Women: Abilene Christian is third in three-point field-goal defense (22.8).
Women: Tarleton’s Kiara Wright is third in field-goal percentage (61.6), fourth in rebounds per game (12.6) and fifth in double-doubles (10).

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
MEN’S OFFENSIVE
Bryan Hammond, Angelo State University, JR, Guard, New Orleans, La., St. Augustine HS

Hammond continued his offensive surge last week with a pair of great performances against Texas A&M-Kingsville and Incarnate Word. Hammond scored 17 points in an 81-67 win over the Javelinas on Wednesday before pouring in a career-high 26 points in a loss to Incarnate Word on Saturday in San Antonio. The junior guard is averaging 9.8 points per game for the season and has led the Rams in scoring the past four games. His mentality to attack the basket has translated into getting to the free-throw line where he has shined. He made 13 free throws against the Javelinas and 10 against the Cardinals.

MEN’S DEFENSIVE
Jon Cathey-Macklin, Tarleton State University, JR, Forward, Milwaukee, Wis., Washington HS

Cathey-Macklin averaged 6.0 boards a game this week and was a huge part in the Texans allowing opposing teams to less than 55 points a contest and just 39.0 percent shooting from the field. The junior forward dominated opposing team’s post players to a combined 20 points. ENMU’s big men scored just four points in the contest and Cathey-Macklin helped limit WT’s Donald Sims to just 10 points in Tarleton’s 65-50 win over the Buffs.

WOMEN’S OFFENSIVE
Renata Marquez, Abilene Christian University, JR, Forward, Conroe, Texas, Willis HS

Marquez led ACU to a pair of conference comeback wins this week over Incarnate Word and Kingsville, averaging 19.5 points to go along with eight rebounds, six assists, two blocks and eight steals. She also made 61.9 percent of her shots from the floor, including 4-7 from beyond the arc, and was 9-of-10 from the free-throw line. In addition to scoring 18 points vs. the Cardinals, Marquez also established a new single-game career high with seven steals. She then dropped 21 points on Kingsville in addition to blocking a career high two shots.

WOMEN’S DEFENSIVE
Devin Griffin, West Texas A&M University, JR, Forward, Lubbock, Texas, Coronado HS

Griffin continued her impressive start to 2013 as she tallied her fifth double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds in the 70-60 upset win at league-leading Tarleton State Saturday. She was 8 of 19 from the field and pulled down 10 rebounds, including nine on the defensive end, along with four assists, one block and two steals. Griffin helped lead the Lady Buff “D” to hold the TexAnns to just 38.5 percent shooting from the field and .182 from beyond the arc. The TexAnns became the ninth-straight team WT has held under 40 percent from the field. In the 72-51 win over Texas A&M-Commerce on Wednesday, Griffin had 22 points and six rebounds and tallied a career-high five blocks against the Lions. She led the team in minutes played averaging 39.5 for the week. Griffin and the Lady Buffs held their opponents to just 55.5 points in the two games and have allowed over 60 points just one time since Dec. 17 - a span of seven games and a 6-1 record since then. In addition, Griffin has helped lead the Lady Buffs to under 31 percent from beyond the arc in the past five games and under 20 percent in the last three for a .288 average for the season.


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Yamoah Earns Pair Of Honors For Collegiate Debut - TAMK Track
Diarra, Farquharson and Ouedraogo Earn Lone Star Conference Weekly Honors - ACU Track











INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
MEN’S TRACK
Johnathan Farquharson, Abilene Christian University, FR, Freeport, Bahamas, Orlando Christian Preparatory

Farquharson won the 55-meter dash twice while making his collegiate debut at the Masked Rider Open hosted by Texas Tech. Farquharson posted the fastest prelim time of 6.33 seconds in a field of 70 runners and then edged freshman David Winters of Barton County CC by .003 seconds with a time of 6.30. Farquharson’s provisional mark is currently the sixth fastest among all D-II athletes and places him just outside the school’s all-time top-10 list. Farquharson also ran the leadoff leg for an ACU 4x400 relay that placed sixth in 3:20.12.

MEN’S FIELD
Jordan Yamoah, Texas A&M University - Kingsville, FR, Arlington, NY, Arlington HS

Yamoah made a splash nationally in his first meet as a Javelina in the pole vault. He earned national honorable mention from the USTFCCCA after clearing a height of 5.25m (17’2-3/4”) at the Masked Rider Open. The height is an automatic qualifier for the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships and is tops in the nation by a foot and a half.


WOMEN’S TRACK
Elea Diarra, Abilene Christian University, FR, Lyon, France

Diarra, a 2012 London Olympian, chased down several runners over the final 100 meters to win the 400m in 55.73 seconds and later ran anchor for the 4x400-meter relay, which finished fourth overall with a time of 3:49.09. Both of Diarra’s times were NCAA provisional marks and rank among the top-10 performances in D-II this season.

WOMEN’S FIELD
Amanda Ouedraogo, Abilene Christian University, SR, Hauts de Seine, France, Descartes HS

Ouedraogo, a four-time all-American, will be heading back to the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships this winter to defend her triple jump title after winning her marquee event Saturday at Texas Tech’s Masked Rider Open. Ouedraogo, a senior and native of Hauts de Seine, France recorded a distance of 41 feet-0.25 inches (12.50 meters) against a field of 22 competitors. Her triple jump is the second best in NCAA D-II this season to Kearah Danville’s leap of 41-11.25 (12.78m). 

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