MSU Roundup: Hoops, Softball, Tennis

MEN'S HOOPS: No. 9 Midwestern swarms Hoggies, 71-50

No. 9 Midwestern State got tough to deal its second straight opponent its worst lost of the season Saturday with a 71-50 Lone Star Conference win over Texas A&M-Kingsville at Steinke Center.

The Mustangs improved to 20-2 on the season and to 13-2 in league to set up a crucial battle with rival Tarleton State Monday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

"This is just a testament to the guys and how they have worked, but there's still a lot of work to be done," MSU coach Nelson Haggerty said. "We did a great job swarming and attacking the basketball. We knew if we guarded the initial ball screen well, we could defend the rest of their offense. We really turned it up defensively."

The loss was the Hoggies' worst at home since losing by 21 to Tarleton State at the end of the 2009-10 campaign.

The Mustangs second-half blitz covered a sloppy first half as MSU committed 13 turnovers allowing Texas A&M-Kingsville to hang within 28-25 at halftime.

"We were able to make some tough baskets inside in the first half, but we just turned ball over too much," Haggerty said. "And that was from our primary ball handlers. That's just so uncharacteristic of them. They did a much better job in the second half of getting us into our offense."

The Mustangs broke open a tight game with an extended 18-5 run highlighted a consecutive treys by Kevin Grayer, Derrell Gibbs and DeJuan Plummer in a stretch ignited by six points from David Terrell including a pair of dunks. MSU pushed the advantage to 46-33 on Plummer's 3-pointer with 12:40 to play.

The Mustangs pulled away by capping the Hoggies to 34.8 percent shooting from the field in the second and a 3-for-14 showing from the arc for the game.

Terrell led the way with 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting as 11 different Mustangs hit the scoring column.

Junior guard JaMichael Rivers splashed three treys to finish with 11 points, four rebounds and three assists while junior Kevin Grayer notched a season-high with 10 points and four rebounds connecting on a pair of 3s.

Ryan Layssard had 12 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals to lead the Javelinas as TAMUK fell to 11-14 on the season and to 6-10 in LSC play.

The Mustangs play host to No. 5 Tarleton State Monday under the dome. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. or 25 minutes after the conclusion of the women's game which begins at 6.

WOMEN'S HOOPS: Mustangs use team effort to overpower TAMUK, 86-64

Midwestern State got just what it wanted and needed in its 86-64 Lone Star Conference win over Texas A&M-Kingsville Saturday afternoon at Hampton Inn Court in Steinke Center.

"This is a tough place to play and a tough road trip," MSU coach Noel Johnson said. "This was redemption for the kids with way we played her last year. And I was proud of the energy we showed on the road. This is how you have to play all of the time."

Aided by the memory of the Javelinas' 20-point win on its home floor last season, the Mustangs were able to spread out key contributions and limit playing time in preparation for Monday night's showdown against league leading Tarleton State at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

"There wasn't one individual standing out," Johnson said. We were focused on getting the ball where we could hurt them."

Freshman guard Dianna Jones led a group of five MSU players to score in double figures with 16 points and was joined by sophomore Kirsti Degelia (15 points, seven rebounds), freshman Andrea Carter (15 points, six rebounds) and senior Jazman Patterson (12 points, four rebounds).

"We needed to get the ball inside," Johnson said. "I feel the game play that coach (Christopher) Reay and JB (Jillian Samuells) put together was great. We knew were going to grind it out and do what we do. If we did that, we were going to win."

The Mustangs also got solid contributions from freshman Taylor Dowd, who notched a season-high eight points while junior guard Ashley Rush added eight points and three assists.

Midwestern worked a 10-0 run in the first half to turn an 11-8 early deficit into a 19-11 lead when Degelia converted a three-point play 11:09 before intermission.

The Mustangs would expand the lead to 38-28 at halftime and continued to build the lead to the game's final margin of 22.

Inekka Stevenson had 17 points and six rebounds to pace Texas A&M-Kingsville which slipped to 7-16 on the season and to 6-11 in LSC play.

The Mustangs now set their sight on Tarleton State as they can tie the Texans for the league lead with a win under the dome Monday night. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.

"We're pretty pumped about this game," Johnson said. "These seniors are so determined to leave a legacy with what we're doing. Hopefully, what we did tonight will show again Monday night."

SOFTBALL: No. 20 Mustangs holds of Southern Nazarene, 4-3

Midwestern State's Lindsi Glenn won her fifth consecutive start to lead the Mustangs to a 4-3 win over Southern Nazarene (Okla.) Saturday afternoon in the Texas A&M-Kingsville Invitational at Hubert Park.

It was the fourth straight win for the Mustangs who improved to 5-2 on the season.

The Mustangs struck for a pair of runs in consecutive innings keyed by a two-run single by senior third baseman Mallory Mooney in the third while Carey Campbell and Elena Bennett drove in runs in the fourth.

The runs turned out to be just enough breathing room for Glenn, who went the distance while allowing three runs on six hits. The lefty notched two strikeouts and permitted a walk.

The Red Storm took an early lead on Katie Turner's homer to left field in the first inning, and then chipped away at the Mustangs' lead with an Amy Madden solo shot in the fourth before Kaylee Allen pulled SNU within a run with an RBI double in the sixth.

Junior outfielder Courtney Bingham paced the Mustangs' nine-hit attack by going 2-for-4 with a run scored while freshman shortstop Kelley Schaefer and junior first baseman Christina Roosmalen accounted for MSU's lone extra-base hits with doubles.

Southern Nazarene fell to 1-2 on the season.

SOFTBALL: Bats stay hot, Mustangs rake Southeastern Oklahoma for 5th straight win

Midwestern State rolled to its fifth straight win Saturday afternoon by thumping former Lone Star Conference foe Southeastern Oklahoma 11-5 in the Texas A&M-Kingsville Invitational at Hubert Field.

MSU shelled Savage Storm pitching for 15 hits including home runs by Christian Roosmalen, Courtney Ford and Carey Campbell to improve to 6-2 on the season.

The Mustangs close tournament play Sunday morning against Southern Arkansas. First pitch is set for 9 a.m.

Freshman Brenna Hennan picked up her first collegiate win as the Burkburnett tempered the Storm to just two runs over the opening five innings. SOSU chased her with three runs in the sixth inning as Hennan allowed five runs - four earned - on eight hits while walking three in 5 2/3 innings.

Fellow frosh Lindsi Glenn came on for the final four outs with one strikeout.

The Mustangs jumped on Southeastern ace Audra Rhudy for single runs in the opening two innings. Senior third baseman Mallory Mooney continued her torrid start with an RBI double to plate Courtney Bingham, who reached on a leadoff single.

Christina Roosmalen launched her first homer of the season to left center field to push the MSU advantage to 2-0.

Rhudy, who dropped to 2-3, retired six of the next seven batters allowing SOSU to knot the game at 2-2 before the Mustangs erupted for six runs on six hits in sending 11 hitters to the dish in the fifth inning.

Bingham tripled to right field to start the rally and came plate ward on Elena Bennett's double to left field. Mooney drove in Bennett on a sacrifice fly, while Roosmalen added a two-run double and Nicki Duff had a run scoring single to highlight the frame.

Ford launched her third homer of the season on a two-run blast to left field in the sixth and Campbell banged a solo shot in the seven to close out scoring.

Bingham paced MSU's 15-hit attack by going 4-for-5 with two runs scored while Mooney (2x3, 2 RBI), Roosmalen (2x4, 3 RBI) and Bennett (2x5, RBI) had two hits each.

Southeastern Oklahoma fell to 3-4 on the season.

MEN'S TENNIS: Mustangs fall at Incarnate Word, 6-3

Midwestern State won most of the tightly contested matches Saturday at the Mabry Tennis Center before dropping its Lone Star Conference opener 6-3 to Incarnate Word.

Sophomore Jarrod Liston combined with freshman Tomas Grejtek to upend the regionally ranked tandem of Chris Lawson and Leury Arias 9-8 and 7-3 in the tiebreaker, but Incarnate Word edged out the Mustangs in the other two doubles' position to take a 2-1 lead into singles' play.

Junior Colby Meeks outlasted Lawson 1-6, 6-0, 7-6 at No. 2 and Grejtek battled for a 7-6, 4-6, 12-11 win over UIW's Luke Trautmann at No. 6 to account for the Mustangs' winners.

Arias (ranked 14th regionally) edged MSU's Rory de Boer (17th regionally) at the No. 3 position 6-2, 7-5.

The Mustangs (ranked 5th regionally0 fell to 2-2 on the season and to 0-1 in league play, while UIW (ranked 8th regionally) climbed to 2-1 and 1-0.

Midwestern takes on St. Mary's (Texas) Friday afternoon back in San Antonio.

WOMEN'S TENNIS: No. 19 Mustangs roll past Incarnate Word, 7-2

Strong doubles' play propelled No. 19 Midwestern State to a 7-2 win over Incarnate Word in its Lone Star Conference opener Saturday at Mabry Tennis Center.

No. 18 doubles' duo Rozike Janzen van Rensburg and Kendra Casey edged regionally ranked Ivana Katavic and Maggae Doney of Incarnate Word 9-7 at No. 1 doubles to highlight a doubles' sweep for the Mustangs.

Lindsey Holcomb and Sarita Adhikary bested Casey Bulls and Malisa Vatanadilok 8-4 at No. 2, while Taylor Coffman and Lindsey Buenger dropped Anid Botha and Francesca Bassoo 8-6 at No. 3.

Midwestern closed out the match with four singles wins as van Rensburg defeated Katavic 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1, Adhikary rolled Bulls 6-3, 6-3 at No. 3, Coffman outlasted Botha 6-4, 6-7, 11-9 at No. 5 and Buenger beat Bassoo 6-4, 6-2 at No. 6.

The Mustangs improved to 2-2 on the season and to 1-0 in league play, while Incarnate Word fell to 1-2 and 0-1.

Midwestern State returns to action with a pair of matches next weekend. The Mustangs play at St. Mary's (Texas) in San Antonio Friday before continuing to Texas A&M-Kingsville on Saturday.