Three Mustangs Earn LSC Weekly Honors

Loyd, Jr. Garners LSC Offensive Honors

Midwestern State senior Michael Loyd earned Lone Star Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors Monday when league officials announced weekly honors.
The 6-1 guard from Las Vegas paced the 13th-ranked Mustangs to a pair of victories over previously red hot Cameron to sweep the Red River Rivalry.
Loyd averaged 17.5 points and 4.5 rebounds while notching three steals and two blocked shots. He led the Mustangs in scoring in both wins over the Aggies.
Loyd tallied 19 points and four rebounds in 27 minutes, knocking down a pair of 3-pointers in the final minutes as the Mustangs overcame a four-point deficit with four minutes to play in an 82-80 win Wednesday at home.
The jet-quick guard then had 16 points, five rebounds and three steals in MSU's 65-51 win Saturday in Lawton.
Incarnate Word senior guard Shaun Umeh earned top defensive honors after limiting Texas A&M-Kingsville's Ashton Brown to a total of 12 points in two games as UIW claimed two wins over the Hoggies.
Midwestern State returns to action Wednesday night when plays host to Texas A&M-Commerce at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. or 25 minutes following the conclusion of the women's game which begins at 6.
The Mustangs square off with LSC-leading Tarleton State Saturday night in Stephenville.

Carver, Patterson Honored as LSC Players of the Week

Midwestern State seniors Savannah Carver and Jazman Patterson were named the Lone Star Conference Women's Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week for their outstanding play last week.
They become the first Mustangs honored by the conference this season as MSU beat Cameron 46-41 at home last Wednesday and followed it with a 65-58 triumph in Lawton on Saturday.
Carver, a 5-10 guard from Amarillo, Texas/Randall, collected a career-high 27 points in Saturday's game two of the Red River Rivalry and added seven points in game one as in leading MSU to a sweep of the top scoring defensive team in the Lone Star Conference.

She  averaged 17.0 points for the two games along with 6.5 rebounds.  She collected four steals (2.0 per game) to go with one assist and one blocked shot.  For the week, Carver hit 11-of-34 (.324) from the floor, connected on 4-of-13 (.308) from the 3-point arc and hit 8-of-11 (.727) from the foul line (all in game two).
Patterson, a 5-11 forward from Southlake, Texas/Carroll, keyed the Mustangs defense in holding Cameron to its lowest scoring output this season in the 46-41 game one win.  MSU then turned around to hold CU to its fourth-lowest score of the season in the 65-58 triumph at Lawton in game two.

Patterson and the Mustangs held CU to just 49.5 points on the average for the series and held the Aggies to just 29.4 percent from the floor (35-119), including 10.3 percent from the 3-point arc (3-29).  MSU also outrebounded the Aggies by 11.5 boards a game.

Patterson blocked three shots (an average of 1.5) for the series and pulled down 15 rebounds (10 defensive) to average 7.5 per outing.  She also scored 7.5 points a game, just missing a double-double in Lawton.
The 13-3 Mustangs are all alone in second in the Lone Star Conference race with a 9-1 mark, a game behind Tarleton State.  MSU carries a nine-game winning streak into Wednesday's 6 p.m. game with Texas A&M-Commerce at Ligon Coliseum.

Mustangs to Return to Lone Star Football Festival

The Lone Star Football Festival will return to Cowboys Stadium this fall as a two-day, six-game even that includes all nine Lone Star Conference football teams.
The games will be held as tripleheaders on Friday, Sep. 14 and Saturday, Sep. 15, with four conference contests, a non-conference matchup and a high school game. Game times are set for noon, 4 and 8 p.m. each day.
Defending LSC champion Midwestern State is saddled with a matinee contest at 4 p.m. Friday against Texas A&M-Commerce, which will be preceded by a noon game between Incarnate Word and Eastern New Mexico and serve as the undercard for a to-be-determined high school finale at 8 p.m.
"We are pleased to be a part of the Lone Star Football Festival once again," MSU Athletic Director Charlie Carr said. "There is no question that we would have preferred a time more convenient for our great fans and supporters, but the football festival is a conference event and we will do what is in the best interest for the conference to help it grow and become a signature event for years to come."
MSU has claimed conference championships in two of the past three seasons as part of a league-best 12 consecutive winning seasons. The Mustangs rolled to their first unbeaten regular season in school history in 2011, advancing to NCAA postseason for the fourth time in program history.
The Lone Star Football Festival closes with three games Saturday as Valdosta State takes on Angelo State at noon, Tarleton State plays Abilene Christian at 4 p.m. and Texas A&M-Kingsville battles West Texas A&M at 8 p.m.
"Last year's festival proved to be a shining moment for the Lone Star Conference, and we're confident this year's version will be even better with all nine teams involved," LSC Commissioner Stan Wagnon said. "Our vision for this event remains to showcase LSC football programs while providing the LSC member schools with an opportunity to reconnect with alumni throughout North Texas. There's no better place to do that than Cowboys Stadium."
Admission to the event will be offered in daily tickets for Friday and Saturday's games along with an option for a two-day festival pass. Tickets will go on sale later this spring.
The 2011 Lone Star Football Festival drew an LSC attendance record 24,837 fans to a triple header of games which included Midwestern State defeating Texas A&M-Commerce 63-17, North Alabama beating Abilene Christian 23-17 and West Texas A&M doubling up Texas A&M-Kingsville 42-21.
The LSC, founded in 1931, has a proud history as one of the nation's greatest small college football leagues. The conference made its mark in the NAIA, especially from 1969 to 1979 when four LSC schools combined to win 10 national titles in that 11-season span. The LSC became affiliated with the NCAA in 1982 and now is annually well-represented in the Division II playoffs, with more than a dozen former players currently on NFL rosters.
Cowboys Stadium is the largest, most technologically advanced sports and entertainment venue in the world. The $1.2 billion stadium features two monumental arches, the world's largest HD quality video board, an expansive retractable roof and the largest retractable end zone doors in the world.
In addition to being the home of the Dallas Cowboys and the annual AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, the stadium will host the 2014 NCAA men's basketball Final Four and already served as the home to Super Bowl XLV in 2011, the 2010 NBA All-Star Game and 2009 and 2010 Big 12 Championship football games.

2012 Lone Star Football Festival

Friday, Sep. 14
Incarnate Word vs. Eastern New Mexico, Noon
Texas A&M-Commerce vs. Midwestern State, 4 p.m.
High School: TBD vs. TBD, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Sep. 15
Valdosta State vs. Angelo State, Noon
Tarleton State vs. Abilene Christian, 4 p.m.
Texas A&M-Kingsville vs. West Texas A&M, 8 p.m.