Midwestern State picked up 28 more votes and sits just outside of the latest
National Association of Basketball Coaches'/Division II Poll released Tuesday
The Mustangs are riding a season-best five-game winning streak and have won 10 of their last 12 games on the way to a 16-5 mark. MSU's last five victories have been by 10-or-more points.
With 31 points, Midwestern sits just 12 points off of the pace of No. 25 Washburn (Kan.) with five games remaining in the regular season.
The Mustangs are one of six teams from the South Central Region currently receiving mention in the poll which includes No. 1 Metropolitan State (Colo.) and No. 22 Fort Lewis (Colo.) while MSU, Newman (Kan.), Adams State (Colo.) and Colorado Mesa are receiving votes.
Midwestern State opened the season ranked 22nd in the NABC Division II Preseason Poll before slipping to No. 23 for one week then out of the poll after falling to Colorado State-Pueblo on Nov. 17.
The Mustangs play host to Abilene Christian Wednesday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Midwestern State's Eddie D'Haiti garnered Lone Star Conference Defensive Player
of the Week honors Tuesday afternoon when league officials announced weekly
The junior transfer from Youngstown State played a central role in one of Midwestern State's most dominating efforts for the season Wednesday night at the First United Bank Center in Canyon.
D'Haiti was credited with two blocked shots and severely altered five more shots as the Mustangs forced NCAA Division II field goal percentage leader and LSC Preseason Player of the Year Donald Sims into a 4-of-14 shooting night.
D'Haiti's efforts helped MSU limit the Buffs to 3-of-23 shooting (13 percent) officially in the opening half as the Buffs managed their second lowest scoring output since moving to NCAA Division II in 1986-87. It was just MSU's second win in the facility and first since 2007.
D'Haiti blocked three more shots to help Midwestern to its season-high fifth consecutive win Saturday night against Eastern New Mexico.
Eastern New Mexico's Rodney Blackmon garnered top offensive honors after averaging 23 points, 5.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds a game as the Greyhounds split contests against Cameron and MSU. The junior guard from Los Angeles netted 24 points Saturday against MSU.
Midwestern State plays host to Abilene Christian Wednesday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
The Midwestern State Mustangs received votes in the USA Today Sports Division II
Top 25 Coaches Poll for the first time since falling from the No. 25 spot in the
poll in early January.
Since dropping from the poll after losing a pair of games around the holiday period, Midwestern State has gone on an 11-game winning streak, the second longest in school history and the second longest in the Division II South Central Region this season.
The Mustangs sport an 18-3 overall record, with a 13-2 record to lead the Lone Star Conference by a full game.
MSU is one of four South Central teams receiving mention in the poll, and with 24 points in this week's poll, the highest ranking team behind No. 4 Colorado Mesa. Tarleton State and Colorado-Colorado Springs also received mention.
By receiving the votes this week, the Mustangs mark six weeks this season they have received votes in the poll, the most in MSU history.
MSU host Abilene Christian in a showdown for the LSC lead on Wednesday night. Tipoff at Ligon Coliseum is 5:30 p.m.
Midwestern State sophomore Andrea Carter was selected as the Lone Star
Conference Defensive Player of the Week for her stellar play last week. It's
the fourth time this season Carter has been selected for the
Carter led Midwestern in a in a pair of victories including the Mustangs first win in Canyon in a decade to place the Mustangs alone at the top of the Lone Star Conference standings.
The 5-10 forward from Angleton had 12 points with seven rebounds and a blocked shot in the Mustangs 58-55 win at West Texas A&M, the first for MSU at the First United Bank Center since 2003.
She followed that with her 11th double-double of the year, collecting a career-high 21 points with 10 rebounds in a 67-52 win over Eastern New Mexico where she added three steals.
For the week, Carter shot 73.7 percent from the floor and 62.5 percent from the foul line while averaging 16.5 points and 8.5 rebounds. She helped MSU hold its opponents to 53.5 points and shooting 38.5 percent from the floor as the Mustangs extended their conference-best winning streak to 11 games, the second-best winning streak this season in the South Central Region.
Carter is joined by Abilene Christian guard Mackenzie Lankford who was named the LSC's Offensive Player of the Week after pouring in 31 points in a win over Tarleton State.
LSC leading Midwestern State and Abilene Christian meet Wednesday night at Ligon Coliseum in a league leading showdown at 5:30 p.m.