MSU Basketball Notes: Rankings & Honors

Men Fall Out of NABC D-II Poll

Midwestern State slipped out of the NABC Division II Coaches' Poll but are still receiving votes in Tuesday's latest release.
The Mustangs split a pair of contests last weekend at Colorado State-Pueblo's Al Kaly Classic claiming a 71-56 win over Oklahoma Christian before falling to the host Thunderwolves 72-69 in the finale.
Midwestern (3-1) is one of five programs out of the South Central Region to receive mention in the latest poll, joining No. 3 Metropolitan State (Colo.) and No. 20 West Texas A&M while Colorado Mines and Tarleton State (Texas) are also receiving votes.
The three-time defending South Central Region champion Mustangs hit the road to take on Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) Saturday night at Bill Vining Arena in Arkadelphia. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
MSU opens Lone Star Conference play the following weekend with games at Incarnate Word and Texas A&M-Kingsville before returning home for a showdown with rival West Texas A&M on Dec. 5 at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

Women Receiving Votes in USA Today D-II Top 25

Midwestern State is receiving votes in the most recent USA Today Sports Division II Top 25 Coaches' Poll released Tuesday afternoon.
The Mustangs are off to their best start since opening the 2000-01 with four consecutive victories on the way to the program's only Lone Star Conference championship.
The Mustangs (3-0) opened the 2012-13 campaign with wins over McMurry (79-58), Colorado Mines (67-60) and Fort Lewis (Colo.) (68-54).
MSU received 25 votes this week and were mentioned in five consecutive USA Today Sports Division II Top 25 polls last season. The Mustangs have never achieved a national ranking as an NCAA Division II program.
Midwestern is one of six teams from the South Central Region to receive mention in the poll joining No. 21 Tarleton State and No. 24 Metropolitan State (Colo.) while Fort Lewis (Colo.), Colorado Mesa, St. Mary's (Texas) and Colorado State-Pueblo are receiving votes.
The Mustangs hit the road to face Oklahoma Panhandle State Sunday afternoon in Goodwell. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m.

Carter Named LSC Defensive PotW, Again

For the second consecutive week, Midwestern State forward Andrea Carter has been honored as the Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Week.
Carter, a 5-10 sophomore from Angleton, helped lead Midwestern State to a pair of wins over Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference teams and a title in MSU's Comfort Inn and Suites Ashbrook Classic.  MSU downed Colorado Mines 67-60 and Fort Lewis (Colo.) 68-54 to lead the LSC at 3-0 on the season. 
Carter double-doubled in both games, with 12 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots against CSM and 17 points with 13 rebounds and four steals against Fort Lewis.  Carter shot 41.2 percent from the floor (7-17) and 83.3 percent from the foul line (15-18) as she averaged 14.5 points, 12.0 boards and 4.0 steals for the weekend and was named to the all-classic team.
Carter has double-doubled in all three games this season, and leads the conference in scoring and rebounding for players with more than one game played, with 16.3 points and 14.7 rebounds.  She also averages 4.3 steals a game.
Texas A&M-Commerce junior Breanna Harris was the LSC Offensive Player of the Week, scoring 30 points with 15 rebounds in the Lions season opener against Southern Arkansas.