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MSU Women vs TWU Postponed

Midwestern State's scheduled women's basketball game Thursday night against Texas Woman's University has been postponed due to inclement weather and potential of hazardous wintry conditions in the North Texas region.

The game will be rescheduled at a later date.

The Mustangs are scheduled to return to action Saturday, Dec. 14 against East Central (Okla.) at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m.

Mustangs Sign Frisco Heritage Star Tori Tripp

Midwestern State coach Noel Johnson announced the signing of prep standout Montoria Tripp to a National Letter of Intent Thursday afternoon.

"Tori has great knowledge of the game and can play the 1 or 2 positions," MSU coach Noel Johnson said. "She can fill any role we need her to fill in those positions."

Tripp, a 5-5 point guard, averaged 16.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and three assists a game while leading Frisco Heritage High School to its first postseason wins over Highland Park and Dallas Carter last season.

The four-year varsity starter coach Amy Justice was a unanimous District 9-4A first-team selection as a junior last season while garnering all-region honors from the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.

Tripp became the first Heritage High player to score 30 points in a game last season finishing with 30 points, seven steals, five rebounds, four assists and a blocked shot in a win over R.L. Turner High School.

"Her personality and mentality of doing whatever it takes to win. She is the prototypical Midwestern State women's basketball player," Johnson said. "She's a very smart and highly intelligent young lady and has some athleticism about her which allows her to finish at the rim. She can shoot the 3 and is a great facilitator."

Tripp earned All-State honors in track & field last spring and gained honorable mention as a sophomore on the hardwood.

Tripp plans to be a Pre-Medicine major at Midwestern State. She is the daughter of Michael and Kendra Tripp of Frisco.

Football Places Five on Daktronics All-Super Region Squad

Midwestern State senior career record holders Keidrick Jackson and Neiko Conway head Mustangs contingent on the 2013 Daktronics All-Super Region 4 team announced on Thursday. The team is selected by super regions members of the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Jackson and Conway are joined on the Daktronics All-Super Region 4 first team by offensive tackle Bryan Keith, while junior center Shadow Stokes and sophomore safety Marqui Christian were honored on the second team.

Jackson, the 5-9, 210 pound senior running back from Arlington, Texas/Bowie, rushed for 1,177 yards on the season. His 117.7 yards per game led the Lone Star Conference and ranked 21st in NCAA Division II. He also led the LSC in rushing touchdowns (19) and was second in the conference in scoring overall (9.0 points per game) and was named the league's offensive back of the year.

Jackson became Midwestern State's all-time leading rusher during the season and finished his career with 4,004 yards becoming just the eighth player in Lone Star Conference history to rush for more than 4,000 yards.

Conway, the 5-10, 185 pound senior cornerback from Houston, Texas/Lamar led the Lone Star Conference with five interceptions and ranked 16th nationally in interceptions per game. He ranked fourth on the team with 48 total tackles (4.8 per game) and led the squad with nine pass breakups.

Conway's 15 career interceptions ranks second at MSU and he holds the school record for career interception return yardage with 362.

Keith, the 6-5, 271 pound senior left tackle from Wichita Falls High, started for three of his four playing seasons at MSU. He helped the Mustangs lead the Lone Star Conference in rushing in all three seasons he started, averaging 261.9 yards a game in 2013.

Stokes, the 6-3, 280 pound junior center from Kilgore, Texas, has been a part of the line the last three season, with 2013 his first as a starter. He helped the Mustangs rank 36th in Division II in fewest pass sacks allowed at 1.3 per game.

Christian, the 6-1, 200 pound sophomore whip safety from Spring, Texas, established himself as one of the top defenders in the conference. Christian was the first player in nearly a decade to record more than 90 tackles in a season, leading the team with 95 stops including 45 unassisted tackles. His 9.5 tackles per game ranked him fifth in the LSC and 46th in Division II.

All five Mustangs were also selected to the 2013 All-Lone Star Conference first team.

As first team All-Super Region, Jackson, Conway and Keith will all move on to the Daktronics All-America ballot.

The NCAA Division II Sports Information Directors Association All-America teams in football, men's soccer, women's soccer, women's volleyball, men's basketball, women's basketball, baseball and softball are sponsored by Daktronics, Inc., an acknowledged world leader in scoring, timing and programmable display systems for virtually every sport at every level of competition. The teams are voted on by the members of D2SIDA.