MSU Men Finish at #5 in NABC Poll

Midwestern State will head into the NCAA Division II South Central Regional at No. 5 in the National Association of Basketball Coaches' Association's final regular season poll.
The Mustangs claimed its sixth Lone Star Conference title with a 57-51 win over then-No. 7 Tarleton State Saturday night in Allen and will play host to the regional beginning Saturday at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
The stacked South Central Regional features six nationally ranked programs including No. 5 MSU, No. 9 Tarleton State, No. 15 Arkansas Tech, No. 19 Washburn (Kan.), No. 21 Northwest Missouri and No. 23 Missouri Southern as well as unranked West Texas A&M and St. Mary's.
Colorado Mines took over the top spot as the unanimous No. 1 followed by Alabama-Huntsville, West Liberty (W. Va.), Bellarmine (Ky.) and MSU while Southern Indiana, Shaw (N.C.), Christian Brothers (Tenn.), Tarleton State and Indiana (Pa.) round out the Top 10.
Northern Kentucky leads off the second 10 as the Norse are trailed by Western Washington, Metropolitan State (Colo.), Anderson (S.C.), Arkansas Tech, Alaska-Anchorage, Charleston (W. Va.), Kentucky Wesleyan, Washburn (Kan.) and Hillsdale (Mich.).
Northwest Missouri, Montevallo (Ala.), Missouri Southern, Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.) and Findlay (Ohio) round out the polls at Nos. 21-25, respectively.

MSU Men's Golf Struggles in Wind

The Midwestern State Mustangs struggled through once again as they finished 14th at the St. Edward's Invitational that ended Tuesday at the Grey Rock Golf Club in Austin.
The Mustangs tallied a 322 in the final round to post a three-round total of 945 to tie with Cameron.
Nova Southeastern (Fla.) won the event with a 883, with Barry (Fla.) five strokes back at 888, with host St. Edward's third at 900.  Abilene Christian was fourth at 902.
Jeremy LeGuen turned his game around on Tuesday, leading the team with a four-over 76, while freshman Derek Oland shot a seven-over 79 in the round.  Unfortunately for MSU, those were the only sub 80 scores.
Antonio Herran added an 80 for the Mustangs in the final round, while Sam Smith put up an 81 and Raine Copeland an 82.
For the tournament, Oland was the leader at 233, a stroke ahead of Smith's 234.  LeGuen and Herran each shot 242, with Copeland at 243.
The MSU men are off until March 19-20 when they host the MSU Invitational at the Wichita Falls Country Club.

Whittley Leads MSU Women in Lufkin

The 13th ranked Midwestern State Mustangs battled high winds and a quality test of golf as they finished sixth in the SFA Ladyjack Crown Classic at the Crown Colony Country Club.
The Mustangs, the only NCAA Division II team in the field, finished sixth with a 1,004 after a 337 on Tuesday in the three-round event.
Kendra Whittley led the way for the Mustangs as she finished in a tie for 16th at 246 after an 81 in the final round.
"It was another tough day on an absolutely great golf course," said MSU Coach Jeff Ray.  "The wind got up, but we competed well.  We learned a lot from this tournament and it will help us get where we want to go to challenge in the conference and region."
Brenna Moore carded an 81 on Tuesday as well for Midwestern and finished five strokes behind Whittley in 22nd with a 251.  Lauren Romines finished 24th at 253 following an 88 in the final round.
Taylor Klutts suffered a 91 in the last round to drop to 259, while Lindsay Burkhart posted an 83 to finish at 268.
"The course requires you to play smart or you end up in very tough conditions," Ray added.  "This tournament will help us later in the year."
The Mustangs finished eight strokes behind Oklahoma City University who was fifth at 996.
Lamar claimed the team title with a 952, just five strokes ahead of Texas A&M's B team at 957 and Redlands Community College at 984.  Sam Houston State was fifth with a 986.
The Mustangs placed ahead of six teams in the field, including Texas-Pan American and host Stephen F. Austin.
The MSU women compete again next week in Charlotte, N.C., in the Dana Rader Intercollegiate hosted by Pfeiffer.