MSU Roundup: LSC Awards Banquet

Thomas, Grayer on All-LSC Team

Midwestern State's Corbin Thomas and Kevin Grayer garnered All-Lone Star Conference accolades when the league announced annual postseason honors Tuesday night.

Thomas was the Mustangs' only first team selection after leading the team to its fifth conference title in the last seven seasons with a 19-7 overall record and 14-4 league mark.

The junior transfer from Missouri State notched 10 double-doubles while ranking sixth in the LSC in scoring average at 14.0 points per game while rating third with 8.7 rebounds per game.

Thomas, who was also named Newcomer of the Year along with Abilene Christian's Eric Lawton and Eastern New Mexico's Rodney Blackmon, led the conference with 4.3 offensive rebounds per game.

The 6-8 forward scored at least 20 points on four occasions including a season-high 27-point, 18-rebound performance in MSU's conference clinching win over Texas A&M-Commerce on Feb. 20 at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Thomas tallied 10-or-more points 19 times and grabbed double figure rebounds in 10 games.

Grayer, a senior guard out of Tallahassee, Fla., was named to the second team after averaging 11.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists. The 6-3 guard tallied double figure points in 18 games including a season-best 24-point outburst against Eastern New Mexico on Feb. 9.

Other first-team honorees include Cameron junior guard Craig Foster, Incarnate Word senior forward Dionelle Rucker, Tarleton State junior guard Chuck Guy and Eastern New Mexico junior guard Rodney Blackmon.

West Texas A&M senior forward Donald Sims, Abilene Christian senior guard Eric Lawton, Texas A&M-Kingsville junior guard Rashad Basey and Eastern New Mexico junior forward Rafael Love joined Grayer on the second team.

Foster garnered LSC Player of the Year honors averaging 16.3 points and 5.9 assists per game for the second-place Aggies, while Tarleton State's Jon Cathey-Macklin gained Defensive Player of the Year accolades.

Angelo State's Jovan Austin and Incarnate Word's Kyle Hittle shared top freshman honors while Cameron's Wade Alexander was named LSC Coach of the Year.

Midwestern State opens LSC postseason tournament play Wednesday night against Texas A&M-Commerce at the Allen (Texas) Event Center. Tipoff is set for 8:30 p.m.

Carter, Degelia on All-LSC Team

Midwestern State sophomore Andrea Carter was named one of three Lone Star Conference Defensive Players of the Year that headlined the naming of the 2013 All-Lone Star Conference Team.

The Lone Star Conference Champion Mustangs, who posted a 21-5 record and 16-4 in league play, picked up two All-LSC selections.
Carter, a 5-10 sophomore forward from Angleton, Texas, was selected to the All-LSC first team after posting stellar numbers.  She was selected with Tarleton State's Kiara Wright and Incarnate Word's Ashlyn Green for LSC Defensive Player of the Year.

Junior guard Kirsti Degelia, who finished the regular season third in the LSC in scoring and led MSU with 15.7 points a game, was tabbed as a second team selection.
Carter is second in the LSC in rebounding, 14th nationally, with 10.6 points a game, and second in steals with 2.5 an outing, 54th nationally.  She is eighth the league in scoring with 12.9 points a contest, and ranks seventh in the league with a 48.4 percent field goal percentage.

Degelia is fourth in the league in assists with 3.4 per game to go with her scoring.  She is also fourth in the Lone Star Conference in free throw percentage, nailing 79.9 percent (143-of-179) and fifth in the league with a 1.1 assist/turnover ratio as she leads the LSC by playing 34.1 minutes a contest.
The top seed in the 2013 Lone Star Conference Tournament, Midwestern State faces No. 8 seed Eastern New Mexico in quarterfinal action on Wednesday night at 6 p.m. at the Allen Event Center.

Mustang Women Still Receiving Votes

The Midwestern State Mustangs continued to receive votes in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's USA Today Sports Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll this week for the eighth time this season.
Lone Star Conference Co-Champion MSU (21-5, 16-4 Lone Star Conference) received 12 points in the poll, moving six places away from the Top 25.
MSU is the third team of four from the South Central Region receiving votes.  Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference champion Colorado Mesa is No. 4 and the only South Central team in the poll.  LSC Co-Champ Abilene Christian got 14 points and is five away from the Top 25, while Heartland Conference champion Texas-Permian Basin garnered three tallies.

MSU has been ranked as high as 25th this season by the WBCA.

By receiving votes this week, MSU has received more votes in the poll during this season than they have in all previous season combined.
MSU opens play in the Lone Star Conference Tournament in Allen on Wednesday.  The top-seeded Mustangs face eighth seed Eastern New Mexico at 6 p.m.

Softball: Batey Named LSC Pitcher of the Week

Midwestern State's Kat Batey garnered Lone Star Conference Pitcher of the Week honors Tuesday when league officials announced weekly awards.
The freshman right-hander from Plano hurled the fourth perfect game in school history by retiring each of the 15 batters she faced in a 9-0 win over Oklahoma Panhandle State on Sunday.
Batey allowed eight hits in 11 innings over two starts which also included a 13-5 run-rule win over Northeastern State.
She improved to 7-2 on the season while posting 10 strikeouts and three walks while holding the opposition to a .200 batting average.
Texas Woman's junior outfielder Haley Colwell earned top hitting honors after she became the sixth player in NCAA history and third player in Division II to hit two grand slams in the same inning Monday against Northeastern State.
Midwestern State claimed the Courtyard by Marriott Invitational title by claiming a 10-9 come-from-behind victory over No. 13 Emporia State before rolling to run-rule wins over Northeastern State (13-5), St. Mary's (8-0), Oklahoma Panhandle State (9-0) and Northeastern State (14-0).
The Mustangs open Lone Star Conference play with a three-game series at Eastern New Mexico this weekend. MSU plays a doubleheader at 2 and 4 p.m. on Friday before wrapping up the set with a single game on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.

Men's Tennis: #31 Mustangs Calm Savage Storm, 7-2

The No. 31 Midwestern State Mustangs went to 5-2 on the season with a 7-2 victory over Southeastern Oklahoma State on Tuesday at the Southeastern Tennis Complex.
The Mustangs swept the top of both the singles and doubles, dropping matches only at No. 3 doubles and No. 5 singles.
"We played well against Southeastern," said MSU Coach Scott Linn.  "I was really pleased with the way our (No.) 1, 2, 3 singles finished today."
The Mustangs got another outstanding performance from senior Colby Meeks who teamed with Luke Joyce at No. 1 doubles to beat Luka Radulovic and Martin Bedecarratz 8-4, then won at No. 3 singles over Bedecarratz 6-3, 6-2.
"He was steady the whole match," said Linn of Meeks.
Joyce, ranked 39th nationally, won at No. 1 singles over Radulovic 7-6, 6-3.
At No. 2 doubles, MSU's Kyle Davidson and Franko Siljeg shutout Filip Pavlovic and Tiago Ferrieria 8-0, with Davidson beating Pavlovic at No. 2 singles 6-4, 7-6 and Siljeg outlasting Ferrieria 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 at No. 4 singles.
MSU also won at No. 6 singles with Kacper Boborykin beating Guillermo Haugen 6-3, 6-4.
The Savage Storm (7-5) scored in doubles as Haugen and Laercio Lobo downed MSU's Tomas Grejtak and Austin Crawford 8-4, and in singles as Lobo defeated Crawford 7-5, 6-2.
Midwestern is idle until next Monday when the Mustangs begin a spring break swing through Florida starting with Embry-Riddle in Daytona Beach.