Weekly Honors for MSU, WF Wildcats

Hampton Swats, Swipes Way to Def. Player of the Week

Midwestern State guard Lisa Hampton became the fourth different Mustangs women's player honored as a conference player of the week this season as she was named the Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Week.
Hampton led Midwestern defensively as the Mustangs extended their winning streak to nine with wins over Incarnate Word and Texas A&M-Kingsville.
The 5-10 guard from Kennedale, Texas/Nolan Catholic tallied a career-high three blocked shots against UIW on Thursday, then added two more against A&M-Kingsville on Saturday.  She also recorded five steals for the two games as the Mustangs held the teams to a combined 28.5 percent shooting from the floor.
Hampton led MSU in scoring with a career-high 17 against TAMUK, tying her career-best with five 3-pointers.  She also had 12 points against UIW.  For the week, Hampton averaged 14.5 points with 4.0 rebounds, shot 66.7 percent from the floor (8-of-12), 63.6 percent from the 3-point arc (7-of-11) and made all six of her free throws.  She gathered five assists as well to average 2.5 assists, steals and blocks for the week.
Hampton, who collected her first LSC Player of the Week honor, was joined by Tarleton State forward Kiara Wright who was selected as the league's offensive player of the week.

Hampton becomes part of the group of Andrea Carter, Kirsti Degelia and Dianna Jones that has won the LSC Player of the Week Award this season.

Midwestern, who leads the conference by a half game over Tarleton State, travels to West Texas A&M on Wednesday for a 6 p.m. contest.

Grauer, Ledford Honored by NAHL

Wichita Falls swept Odessa in a three-game series this past weekend in Odessa.

While no Wildcat was named NAHL South Division Star of the Week (that honor went to Amarillo Goalie Paul Berrafato), two were honored.

Forward Eliot Grauer was named the division's Second Star of the Week after scoring a goal and adding five assists, finishing +5 for the weekend.

Also Forward Tyler Ledford was named an honorable mention for the week after recording two goals and three assists in Odessa.

Cowley Joins Team USA in Sweden

Wildcats' goalie Evan Cowley will be representing the United States this week, playing for the National Under-18 Team at the Five Nations Tournament in Jonkoping, Sweden.

Cowley is the lone player on the team not from the United States National Team Development Program, whose U17 and U18 teams play a USHL schedule.  He is the first Wildcats' player ever to appear in the Five Nations and one of two goalies on the roster.

The Americans won the U18 Five Nations four years in a row before their winning streak was snapped in a third-place finish last season. The Tournament features teams representing Finland, Sweden, Czech Republic, and Russia in addition to the United States.

Several future NHL players have played in the U17 and U18 Tournament including Kyle Palmieri, Patrick Kane, Phil Kessel, Matt Greene, and Jack Johnson just for the USA alone.

The Tournament takes place this week, February 6-10.  You can follow the results on Twitter @USAHockeyScores and with the hashtag #5nationsU18.