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Thomas Earns 3rd LSC Defensive Honor of Season

Midwestern State's Corbin Thomas earned Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors for the third time in four week as released by league officials Monday afternoon.
 
Thomas' play in the paint contributed to one of the best defensive performances in MSU history Saturday night against Tarleton State.
 
The senior transfer from Missouri State outscored the Texans' starting five on his own with 16 points while pulling down eight rebounds and swatting three shots as Tarleton's starters managed just 11 points as the Texans matched the lowest scoring output in school history in the 50-34 loss.
 
Thomas' performance was critical in MSU's historic night as the Mustangs set a school record of their own holding TSU to a 16.9-percent shooting night (10-for-59).  The 6-6 forward also became the first Midwestern State student-athlete featured on ESPN SportsCenter Plays of the Day checking in at No. 9 Saturday night. (Click the video to hear from him about that!)
 
He also notched his fifth double-double of the season with 18 points and 14 rebounds in a 74-66 loss Wednesday night at Texas A&M-Commerce.
 
For the week, Thomas averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds to go along with five blocked shots and a steal.
 
Texas A&M-Kingsville junior guard Rashad Basey garnered top offensive honors averaging 24 points while leading the Javelinas to wins over Eastern New Mexico and West Texas A&M.
 
Midwestern State returns to action on Wed., Jan. 23 at Cameron. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m.

Degelia Named LSC Offensive Player of the WeekMidwestern State's Corbin Thomas earned Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors for the third time in four week as released by league officials Monday afternoon.
 
Thomas' play in the paint contributed to one of the best defensive performances in MSU history Saturday night against Tarleton State.
 
The senior transfer from Missouri State outscored the Texans' starting five on his own with 16 points while pulling down eight rebounds and swatting three shots as Tarleton's starters managed just 11 points as the Texans matched the lowest scoring output in school history in the 50-34 loss.
 
Thomas' performance was critical in MSU's historic night as the Mustangs set a school record of their own holding TSU to a 16.9-percent shooting night (10-for-59).  The 6-6 forward also became the first Midwestern State student-athlete featured on ESPN SportsCenter Plays of the Day checking in at No. 9 Saturday night.
 
He also notched his fifth double-double of the season with 18 points and 14 rebounds in a 74-66 loss Wednesday night at Texas A&M-Commerce.
 
For the week, Thomas averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds to go along with five blocked shots and a steal.
 
Texas A&M-Kingsville junior guard Rashad Basey garnered top offensive honors averaging 24 points while leading the Javelinas to wins over Eastern New Mexico and West Texas A&M.
 
Midwestern State returns to action on Wed., Jan. 23 at Cameron. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m.

Degelia Named LSC Offensive Player of the Week

Midwestern State junior Kirsti Degelia was honored as the Lone Star Conference Women's Offensive Player of the Week for her outstanding play as she led the Mustangs in wins over Tarleton State and Texas A&M-Commerce.

Midwestern's 78-71 overtime triumph over Tarleton handed the TexAnns their first Lone Star Conference loss of the season.
 
Degelia, the leading scorer in the LSC with 16.6 points a game, scored a career-high 27 to go with six assists in leading MSU past Tarleton for the first time in 14 games or since Jan. 5, 2005.  She buried a 30-foot trey at the first half buzzer that gave MSU a halftime lead against the TexAnns as part of the effort.
 
For the week the 5-8 junior from Denton, Texas/Krum averaged 18.0 points with 6.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 3.5 steals.  She shot 40.0 percent from the floor (10-of-25), 50.0 percent from the 3-point arc (3-of-6) and 76.5 percent from the foul line (13-of-17) as MSU pulled within a half game of the LSC lead behind Tarleton.
 
Degelia joins Incarnate Word senior guard Ashlyn Green who was named the LSC Women's Defensive Player of the Week.
 
The Mustangs are in action again Wednesday when they hit the road to face Texas Woman's at 7 p.m., in Denton.

2nd-Straight Wildcat Takes NAHL Star of the Week

With a weekend home sweep of the Odessa Jackalopes, the Wichita Falls Wildcats have now won three straight games, with their offense coming alive. 

A big piece of that success this past weekend is owed to 19-year-old forward Sami Salminen. 

The Northern Michigan University recruit and native of Helsinki, Finland, recorded five points (4 goals, 1 assist) in a pair of weekend wins over Odessa. 

On Friday, Salminen (6'5/190) scored the game-winning goal late in the 1st period in a 6-2 win.  On Saturday, Salminen was even better as he had a hat-trick and added an assist in a convincing 9-3 win over the Jacks. 

Salminen has now scored five goals in his last three games, which are all Wichita Falls wins. 

"Sami is a big kid that has a great scoring touch.  He has very good stick skills, puck skills and when he is playing with a lot of energy, he is a very effective player," said Wildcats head coach Paul Baxter.

The Wildcats stay home to face Corpus Christi Tuesday and Wednesday nights at the Kay Yeager Coliseum. Both games start at 7:15 p.m.