For the second time this season and the second time in school history, the Midwestern State Mustangs are ranked in the WBCA's USA Today Sports Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll.
The 24-5 Mustangs, champions of the Lone Star Conference and LSC Tournament, returned to the poll at No. 25 this week. Midwestern State collected the LSC Tournament title with an exciting 85-83 overtime win against West Texas A&M on Saturday.
MSU was ranked in the poll for the first time in school history when the Mustangs reached No. 25 on Dec. 18 before a pair of losses knocked them from receiving votes for over a month.
Midwestern joins No. 4 Colorado Mesa (28-1) as ranked teams from the South Central Region. CMU is the top seed and host of the NCAA Division II South Central Regional this week in Grand Junction, Colo., while MSU is the No. 2 seed.
Abilene Christian (21-6), St. Mary's (22-6) and Texas-Permian Basin (20-7) are three other South Central region teams receiving votes in the poll.
Undefeated Clayton State (Ga.) (29-0) leads the poll as the No. 1 team.
With this week's ranking, MSU has received votes in nine weeks of the poll this season, the most ever for the program.
The Mustangs take their new No. 25 ranking into the NCAA Division II South Central Regional on Friday to face seventh seeded Tarleton State. Tipoff is set for 3:30 Central Time.
Midwestern State is receiving votes in the final regular season Division II Coaches' Poll as released Tuesday afternoon by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
The Mustangs advanced to the Lone Star Conference postseason tournament finals for the seventh time before falling 53-50 to Tarleton State. MSU finished the regular season at 21-8 to post its fifth consecutive 20-win season.
Midwestern claimed its fifth league title in the last seven years by rolling through the LSC with a 14-4 mark to earn an at-large bid into the NCAA Division II South Central Regionals beginning Saturday night at the Auraria Event Center in Denver, Colo.
Six of the eight teams advancing to regional play received mention in the final regular season poll including the No. 3-ranked host school in Metropolitan State-Denver, No. 19 Fort Lewis (Colo.) and St. Mary's (Texas) while Midwestern State, Newman (Kan.) and Adams State (Colo.) are receiving votes.
The Mustangs open their three-time defense as South Central Regional championship Saturday night at 9:30 p.m. (CDT) against Newman (Kan.).
The game will be broadcast locally on 100.9 BOB-FM and streamed live on bobradio.fm, while a live video stream will be available courtesy of GoMetroState.com.
Other first round games include: St. Mary's (Texas) vs. Metro State (Colo.) at 1 p.m., Colorado Mesa vs. Fort Lewis (Colo.) at 7 p.m. and Texas-Permian Basin at 9:30 p.m.
The Midwestern State Mustangs put it all together in the final round to collect its first team win of the 2012-13 season with a victory Tuesday in the Dave Falconer Memorial Invitational hosted by Arkansas Tech.
MSU placed four in the individual top 10 as the Mustangs posted a final round 291 to finish at 594 for the 36-hole tournament. The Mustangs bettered Henderson State's 602 by eight strokes and Southwestern Oklahoma State's 603 by nine in winning the 13-team event.
"The kids played great. I'm just so proud of them," said MSU coach Jeff Ray. "We knew it was close or tied as we approached 17 and 18, and we really finished strong."
The Mustangs two best rounds of the day came from senior Antonio Herran and sophomore Derek Oland.
Herran fired the best round of the day with a 2-under 70, and Oland a 1-under 71 as the duo tied for third at 3-over 147.
"It was a great round by Antonio," said Ray. "He was in the fairway all day and close to the green. He was very much in control today."
Herran capped his round by holing out from a green-side bunker for a birdie on the 18th.
"Derek is playing really good golf right now," Ray added. "He can win anytime he tees it up."
The Mustangs also got strong rounds from freshman Santiago Gomez and junior Jeremy LeGuen. Gomez toured the par 72, 7047 yard Chamberlyne Country Club at 2-over 74 in the final round, while LeGuen posted a 4-over 76. Both finished tied for seventh at 6-over 150.
MSU also got an 80 from freshman Ian Gallagher to finish 37th at 159.
The individual honors were won by Southwestern Oklahoma's Wouter MyBurgh who also shot a 2-under 70 on Tuesday to finish at even-par 144, a stroke ahead of Henderson's Jared Black at 1-over 145.
The Mustangs return home next week to host their only home event of the season. The MSU Invitational is Monday and Tuesday of next week at the Champions Course at Weeks Park.
The Midwestern State Mustangs snapped Florida Tech's eight-match winning streak with a 7-2 victory Tuesday at the Fee Avenue Tennis Complex.
The 40th ranked Mustangs (6-2) stunned the 16th ranked Panthers (11-4) by taking all but the No. 1 match in singles and doubles.
MSU's Madeline Schorlemmer, Kayla Casey and Lauren Pineda came through not only with their doubles points, but winning three-set singles points as well.
Schorlemmer and Casey teamed at No. 2 doubles to beat FIT's Charlotte Fahnehjelm and Abbey Keister 8-3, while Pineda and Fatima Clementino beat Jessica Vidmark and Flavia Zisi Tegou 8-1.
Then in singles, Casey at No. 3 downed Chloe Chanley 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, as Schorlemmer came back to take Fahnehjelm 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 at No. 4. Pineda stepped up at No. 5 to beat Keister 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.
The Mustangs got two-set wins from Sarita Adhikary and Kendra Casey. Adhikary defeated Stephanie Dohner 6-2, 7-5 at No. 2, while Kendra Casey handed Katie Close a 6-2, 6-3 loss at No. 6.
The only points not won by MSU were up top as Taylor Coffman was beaten by the top player in the South region, fourth ranked Kristina Huba 6-1, 6-2. Coffman and Adhikary also fell to Huba and Dohner at No. 1 doubles 8-0.
The Mustangs continue their Florida swing on Wednesday in Winter Park, facing No. 19 Rollins.