MSU Roundup: Hoops & Rain

MEN'S HOOPS: Thomas, Mustangs crush Central Oklahoma, 69-48

No. 7 Midwestern State put the clamps on Central Oklahoma to roll to a 69-48 win Saturday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

It was the Mustangs' sixth consecutive win to improve to 22-2 on the season, while the Bronchos had their five-game winning streak come to an end to fall to 14-11.

Now, MSU can focus on clinching an outright Lone Star Conference championship with a pair of wins next week after Tarleton State suffered a 62-53 loss Saturday night at West Texas A&M.

The Mustangs travel to Canyon to face the Buffs Wednesday night at First United Bank Center before closing the regular season against at home Saturday against Eastern New Mexico.

MSU made this one a laugher early by scoring the first seven points of the game and limited the Bronchos to a measily16 points in the opening half which were the fewest since holding Southeastern Oklahoma to 10 points on Dec. 12, 2009 at Durant.

Senior forward Darrick Thomas tallied seven of the Mustangs' first 10 points and finished the night going 8-for-10 from the field for 19 points while grabbing nine rebounds.

The Mustangs controlled the second half and led by as many as 23 points when Chris Buttermore tapped in a miss to give MSU a 69-46 lead.

Midwestern enjoyed a stellar shooting night hitting at a 52.5 percent clip from the field (21-for-40) and 70 percent from the charity stripe (21-of-30).

Senior guard Michael Loyd added 13 points, four rebounds and four assists while junior guard JaMichael Rivers pitched in 10 points and three assists.

Spencer Smith paced Central Oklahoma with 17 points including a pair of 3-pointers.

WOMEN'S HOOPS: Mustangs drop 59-54 decision at Texas Woman's

Midwestern State got a career-high 17 points from senior Jazman Patterson, but it wasn't enough as the Mustangs fell to the Texas Woman's Pioneers 59-54 in Lone Star Conference action Saturday afternoon at Kitty Magee Arena.

The Mustangs (18-6, 14-4) saw the game hinge on play around the 3-point arc.

MSU entered the game as the top team in the LSC in 3-point shooting and the eighth best team in the nation in 3-point shooting defense. However, MSU managed only 1-of-10 from the arc offensively, while allowing Texas Woman's (13-11, 8-10) to connect on 6-of-15 (40 percent) from long-distance.

"We didn't play well together or communicate together today," said MSU Coach Noel Johnson. "TWU had a good game plan and we didn't adjust well."

The Mustangs trailed by 10 at the half and by as many as 14 in the second half.

Down 13 with 3:58 to play, the Mustangs went on an 11-0 run to close the game to a bucket at 54-52, but a missed free throw and two free throws by the Pioneers' Jessica Hanna cut the run.

TWU connected on five of eight free throws in the last 29 seconds to seal the win.

MSU shot 48 percent from the floor, but connected on just 11-of-21 shots from the foul line (52 percent). TWU shot 41 percent from the floor and connected on 9-of-13 from the foul line (69 percent).

Patterson pulled down nine rebounds to go with her 17 points and bettered her previous career-high of 16 points set Jan. 27, 2010 against Texas A&M-Kingsville.

"Jazman posted hard, she faced up and attacked the basket," praised Johnson. "She was 3-of-4 from the free throw line and she ran the floor great."

Senior Savannah Carver added 15 points, while senior Cierra Thompson popped for 12.

The Pioneers got 17 points from Hanna as the defending LSC Champions have now knocked off the top two LSC teams in consecutive home games.

Crystal Atwood scored 12 points for TWU, while Brittney Nuzum chipped in 10 points.

Coming off the loss to Tarleton State as well, MSU dropped consecutive games for the first time since Nov. 15 and 18 when they lost to Newman (Kan.) and Central Missouri.

The Mustangs must now get ready for another tough LSC road game on Wednesday when they visit West Texas A&M in Canyon.

WOMEN'S TENNIS: Midwestern shuts out Texas A&M-Kingsville 8-0

The 19th ranked Midwestern State Mustangs battled high winds and one of the longest trips of the season, but suffered little from either as they shut out Texas A&M-Kingsville 8-0 in Lone Star Conference play Saturday.

The Mustangs (3-2, 2-0) won all seven matches played and got a default in the No. 3 doubles. No contest was played at No. 6 singles.

"I'm very pleased with their performance," said MSU Coach Scott Linn. "Our ladies did a great job of battling through the trip and the 40 mile an hour winds that made it very difficult."

The Mustangs set the tone early with strong wins over A&M-Kingsville (0-6, 0-2) in doubles play.

The No. 1 team of Sarita Adhikary and Lindsey Holcomb did not lose a game in an 8-0 win over Danielle Moree and Lindle Pennington. The No. 2 team of Rozieke van Rensburg and Kendra Casey then beat Victoria Rios and Sondra Cui 8-1.

On the singles side, won all 10 sets played with six of those by a 6-0 count.

Van Rensburg battled with Moore at No. 1 singles, winning 6-4 in the first set and rolling 6-0 in the second.

At No. 2 Holcomb beat Rios 6-1, 6-0 as well as Casey at No. 4 who took down Whitney Roth by the same score.

Taylor Coffman won at No. 3 over Lindle Pennington 6-2, 6-0, while Lindsey Buenger dropped Sonra Cui 6-0, 6-0.

"The ladies played so well in the high winds," Linn commented. "Serving was very difficult and we had very few hiccups."

The Mustangs are in action again next Saturday when they open at home against Cowley County (Kan.) in both women's and men's action.

SOFTBALL: Midwestern announces schedule changes for Holiday Inn at the Falls Invitaitional

Changes have been made to the schedule for the final day of the Holiday Inn at the Falls Invitational.

Midwestern State will now face Missouri Southern at 2 p.m. and Arkansas Tech at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

The games will be preceded by an Abilene Christian versus Fort Hays State contest at 10 a.m., while Missouri Southern and Arkansas Tech will square off at noon.

All games are set for Mustangs Park.