Midwestern State scored the first five points and led by as 26 points in the first half as the Mustangs cruised to a 79-59 win over Texas A&M-Kingsville Saturday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
The win was the third straight for MSU, which improved to 14-5 on the season and to 10-2 in the Lone Star Conference. The Mustangs now own a two-game lead in the conference standings after Cameron claimed 69-60 win over Incarnate Word Saturday night in Lawton. Cameron and UIW are tied for second at 8-4.
Midwestern commanded the glass by a +24 margin for the second consecutive game resulting in a 12-4 edge in second-chance points.
Five different players grabbed at least five rebounds including nine by Eddie D'Haiti, eight each by Corbin Thomas and Derek Kaster and five by Kevin Grayer and Cam Adderley.
Adderley, a junior guard from the Bahamas, paced the Mustangs with 17 points including a season-high three 3-pointers. He has now scored in double figures in each of his last eight games.
Kaster was an efficient 6-of-8 from the field while notching a season-high 14 points in 19 minutes off of the bench, but it was a total team effort for the Mustangs.
Freshman Conner Geiser sparked MSU with a career-best nine points while dishing out two assists and making a steal in 14 minutes off of the bench. He had appeared just once in the previous 12 games before logging 10-or-more minutes in each of Midwestern's last two games.
D'Haiti dealt his best all-around effort of the season with nine points, eight rebounds and six assists in 20 minutes while senior forward Jeff Grayer splashed in a pair of treys to finish with eight points of his own.
Senior guard Kevin Grayer notched seven points and seven assists while Thomas pitched in seven more points as all 10 players appearing the game for the Mustangs tallied points.
Junior guard Rashad Basey scored 14 points and dished out five assists to lead the Javelinas, who fell to 9-10 on the season and to 5-7 in league play.
Midwestern State takes on West Texas A&M Wednesday night at First United Bank Center in Canyon. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m.
The win was the 11th straight for Midwestern State over Texas A&M-Kingsville dating back to the 2007-08 season.
Red-hot Lisa Hampton drilled five 3-pointers for a career-high 17 points to lead Midwestern State to its ninth-straight victory in a 61-42 rout of Texas A&M-Kingsville Saturday afternoon at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
The Mustangs improved to 16-3 on the season and moved to 11-2 in Lone Star Conference play while taking over sole possession by a half-game over Tarleton State.
Hampton's first trey -- from the left wing -- at the 12:37 mark of the first half kickstarted a 10-3 run as MSU claimed its first double figure lead when her second 3 game put the Mustangs up 21-10 at the 10:44 mark.
The Kennedale native canned two more 3-pointers before the end of the half as MSU constructed a commanding 41-20 advantage at the break.
The Mustangs put the game away with an 11-0 run to push the lead to 56-27 on a Shatoia Gober jumper in the lane with 8:48 to play as MSU led by as many as 30.
Sophomore forward Andrea Carter narrowly missed her 11th double-double of the season with 11 points and nine rebounds as the Mustangs played all 14 active players.
Ashley Rush added seven points and five assists while Kirsti Degelia had six points and five assists and Gober pitched in six points of her own.
Ashley Viera scored 12 points off of the bench to pace the Javelinas, who fell to 4-15 and 2-11.
Midwestern State takes on West Texas A&M Wednesday night at First United Bank Center in Canyon. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.
Midwestern State's Laci Belovsky struck out 13 batters to lead the Mustangs to a 4-1 win over Western New Mexico Saturday afternoon in the GCU Invitational at Stapleton-Pierson Field.
The Mustangs close tournament play Sunday with games against Grand Canyon and Western New Mexico at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.
Belovsky nearly recovered from a no out, bases loaded jam in the seventh inning after allowing the first three WNMU hitters to reach on a walk and two singles. She bared down to fan the next two batters before issue a bases loaded walk to Ricki Gentry for only run of the game.
Belovsky allowed seven hits and three walks while improving to 2-0 on the season.
Elena Bennett gave the Mustangs a 1-0 lead in the first inning scoring on senior first baseman Christina Roosmalen's run-scoring ground out.
MSU scored three runs on a two-out rally in the second inning keyed by junior catcher Kim Jerrick's run-scoring double to the left-field gap and sophomore third baseman Kelley Schaefer's RBI-single to left field.
That was all the Mustangs would muster off of WNMU ace Domi Shone, who allowed four runs - all earned - on eight hits with three strikeouts and three walks in six complete innings.
Midwestern State improved to 3-1 on the season while Western New Mexico fell to 0-4.
Grand Canyon cashed on five Midwestern State errors to hand the Mustangs their first loss of the season 5-3 Saturday afternoon in GCU Invitational play at Stapleton-Pierson Stadium.
The Antelopes (2-1) took advantage of four MSU miscues in the second inning to pile on three runs to take an early lead.
Midwestern manufactured a pair of runs in the third inning as Chelsey Wall and Kelley Schaefer drove in runs to pull the Mustangs to within 3-2.
But Grand Canyon tacked on two more runs with the aid of another MSU error in the fourth inning as Lauren Regester's single to center field drove in Kelsey Barak to give the Antelopes a 5-2 advantage.
Midwestern State junior catcher Kim Jerrick doubled to the right-center gap to lead off the fifth inning then scored on Schaefer's double to left field to pull the Mustangs within 5-3. They wouldn't get any closer.
GCU's Kiki Sepulveda claimed her first win of the season allowing three earned runs on seven hits in the complete game victory.
Schaefer led the Mustangs at the dish going 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs.
Freshman Katherine Batey took the loss to fall to 1-1 on the season. The right-hander permitted five runs - four earned - on 12 hits with two walks in six innings.