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MSU Roundup: Men's Basketball Wins 9th Straight

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Mustangs Co-Champions of the LSC

LAWTON, Okla. -- Xavier Blackburn and Cam Adderley combined for 35 points to lead Midwestern State to its ninth straight taking a 74-71 result over Cameron Saturday night at Aggie Gym.

The Mustangs (20-6, 12-2) clinched a share of their eighth Lone Star Conference championship later in the evening when Texas A&M-Commerce upended Tarleton State 79-76.

Still, MSU heads into the LSC Postseason Tournament as the No. 2 seed and faces Texas A&M-Kingsville Wednesday afternoon at the Allen (Texas) Event Center. Tipoff is set for 2:30 p.m.

The Mustangs have now 20 games in six consecutive seasons which is the second longest in run in school history as MSU claimed 20 victories in eight straight campaigns from 1973-81 under legendary coach Dr. Gerald Stockton.

Midwestern also stakes claim to its third-straight LSC championship and sixth in the last eight years.

But it wasn't easy for the Mustangs even after a strong opening half effort. MSU used a 9-2 run midway through the opening half to stretch the lead to 30-20 when Adderley hit a jumper with 7:02 to go in the first half.

The Mustangs would take a 12-point advantage into the half and pushed the bulge to 14 when Blackburn converted a layup to start the second half for a 42-28 lead.

But Cameron came storming back behind a 25-point effort by senior guard Craig Foster.

The Aggies used an 11-2 spurt to cut the deficit to 44-40 with 15:18 to play and clawed to within a point at 52-51 on Desmond Henry's driving layup with 9:25 to play.

The Mustangs just wouldn't let Cameron get over the hump and did it at the charity stripe as MSU connected on 15-of-16 free throws over the final 5:27 of the game to keep the Aggies at bay.

Blackburn finished with a team-high 18 points and pulled down nine rebounds, while Adderley hit 5-of-7 shots from the field for 17 points.

Senior guard Monzaigo Williams directed the Mustangs' attack with eight points and five assists as MSU finished the game shooting 52.1 percent from the field.

Cameron snapped the Mustangs' 15-game run of out-rebounding their opponent by finishing with a 31-27 edge on the boards.

The Aggies close the regular season with an 11-14 overall record and 5-9 in LSC play.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Mustangs crush Cameron in regular season finale, 91-58

LAWTON, Okla. -- Hot-shooting Midwestern State buried Cameron with a big second half on its way to a 91-58 win in the season finale Saturday afternoon at Aggie Gym.

The Mustangs closed the season with wins in seven of their last 10 games on the way to a 17-10 overall mark while claiming the No. 4 seed in the Lone Star Conference Postseason Tournament.

MSU takes on Angelo State in the quarterfinal round Thursday night at 6 p.m. at the Allen (Texas) Events Center.

Junior forward Taylor Dowd poured in a career-high 16 points connecting on five of her eight shots from the field while going 5-for-5 from the free throw line in 17 minutes to lead a pack of five players in double figures for the Mustangs.

Junior forward Andrea Carter pitched in 14 points and six rebounds on 6-of-9 shooting, while senior guard Kirsti Degelia added 13 points and three assists.

Junior guard Dianna Jones bombed in four 3-pointers to finish with 12 points and sophomore forward Lynn Lumpkin-Boozer pitched in 10 points and eight rebounds.

Junior guard Shatoia Gober had a solid all-around effort with four points, eight rebounds and nine assists to help the Mustangs to shoot a season-best 56.9-percent from the floor.

Midwestern scored the first seven points of the game and led by as many as 15 points in the opening half. The Mustangs continued to pull away in the second half for their largest margin of victory this season.

Ali Brown and Jazzmine Robinson had 11 points each to pace Cameron, who finished the regular season at 13-13 and 5-11.

SOFTBALL: Voigt hits walkoff as Mustangs take 2 of 3 from #1 West Texas A&M

WICHITA FALLS, Texas -- Freshman Baylee Voigt's walkoff homer carried Midwestern State to a 3-2 win over No. 1-ranked West Texas A&M in Game 1 Saturday afternoon at Mustangs Park.

The Buffs came back to claim the series finale 3-0, but still MSU took two of three from WT after claiming a 6-2 win on Friday night.

The Mustangs (14-9, 2-1) take on Eastern New Mexico in a three-game series next weekend in Portales. The teams square off for a doubleheader Friday at noon and 2 p.m. before playing a single game Saturday at noon.

Freshman pitcher Erin Knox was excellent in the circle in the opener claiming a win in her sixth consecutive start to improve to 7-2. The right-hander limited the LSC's top hitting team to two runs on six hits in eight innings to lower her season ERA to 3.85.

Voigt made the most of her first collegiate start behind the plate in place of All American Kim Jerrick, who sat out after she was hit by a softball in the seventh inning on Friday night.

Voigt delivered a clutch two-out, two-run single to center field to plate the first two runs in the bottom of the third inning.

West Texas A&M countered with back-to-back home runs by Renee Erwin and Jessica Sipe in the fifth to tie the game at 2-2.

The teams exchanged zeroes until Voigt launched her sixth homer of the season over the center field fence with one out in the eighth inning.

WT junior Rita Hokianga (8-1) suffered her first loss of the season allowing three runs - one earned - on four hits with nine strikeouts and five walks in 7 1/3 innings.

The Buffs rallied for three runs in the sixth innings to provide the difference in Game 2 to make a tough luck loser of Kat Batey, who fell to 2-3 despite limiting WT to three runs on six hits in a 7-inning complete game.

Sophomore Tori Bayer improved to 4-0 allowing two hits in five innings before giving way to Hokianga, who clinched her first save of the season closing out the final two innings. It was the first time MSU has been shutout this season.

TRACK AND FIELD: Mustangs strike gold in Distance Medley Relay

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Midwestern State claimed gold in the distance medley relay to highlight a solid opening day at the Lone Star Conference Indoor Championships Saturday night at the Texas Tech Athletic Training Center.

"There were so many teams that were so close to each other," MSU coach Koby Styles said. "This was a true team effort. All the girls put a lot into all the way around the track. This is a really big deal everyone on the team."

The team of Christina Alcantar (1,200 meters), C.J. Frizzell (400 meters), Ana Lopez (800 meters) and Ashley Flores (1 mile) combined to break the school record by 20 seconds while posting an NCAA Division II provisional qualifying time of 12:06.75.

"That will probably be a Top 25 time in the nation after it's adjusted for elevation," Styles said. "Ana ran a 2:16 split (in the 800). We were battling Eastern New Mexico the whole way."

ENMU anchor Beth Blind opened up a 2.5-second gap midway through the mile, but Flores closed strong on the bell lap to seal the victory for the Mustangs, who finished six seconds ahead of West Texas A&M (12:12.86).

The Buffs were trailed by ENMU (12:14.07), Harding (Ark.) (12:15.78), Tarleton State (12:37.08), Angelo State (13:04.15), Texas A&M-Commerce (13:22.70) and McMurry (13:30.01).

Junior Gabby Ruiz bettered her personal best time by 12 seconds by claiming second in the 5,000-meter run with a school record time of 18:00.76, while senior Abigail Gonzalez earned points finishing eighth with a PR time of 18:36.62.

Junior Michelle Krezonoski headed the rest of the MSU contingent placing ninth with a time of 18:43.22 followed by sophomore Brittany Adams (18:57.96/11th), junior Kim Krezonoski (19:20.89/14th), sophomore Maira Salinas (19:30.80), junior Cara Mack (19:57.71/19th) and junior Lucia Trejo (20:00.92/20th).

Lopez qualified for the 800-meter final by clocking a personal best time of 2:19.01, while junior Emma Ramirez (2:23.90) and freshman Maranda Rodriguez (2:28.82) finished just off the pace.

Redshirt-freshman C.J. Frizzell ran a program-best time of 1:00.25 in the 400-meter preliminaries just missing finals qualification.

"This was a great way to start off the indoor conference championship," Styles said. "We are looking forward to it tomorrow."

The championship concludes Sunday with the Mustangs competing in the mile (11 a.m.), 800-meter final (12:20 p.m.), 3,000-meter run (1 p.m.) and 1,600-meter relay (1:20 p.m.).

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