MSU Roundup: Women's Hoops Receiving Votes

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Midwestern State received votes in the USA Today Sports Division Preseason Top 25 released Tuesday afternoon by the Women's Basketball Coaches' Association.

The Mustangs, which fell to Big 12 powerhouse Baylor 99-56 Tuesday night that Ferrell Center in exhibition play, opened last season at No. 10 before receiving votes in the first four polls of the season.

MSU finished the 2012-13 season at 19th in the WBCA poll after advancing to the South Central Regional final. The Mustangs returned for a second consecutive trip to NCAA postseason play last season posting an 18-12 record.

Midwestern is one of seven teams from the South Central Region to receive mention in the poll joining No. 1 West Texas A&M and No. 8 Colorado Mesa while St. Mary's (Texas), Lubbock Christian (Texas), Tarleton State (Texas) and Texas A&M International are also receiving votes.

The Mustangs tip off regular season play on Friday, Nov. 14 against Adams State (Colo.) as part of the Comfort Inn presents the Ashbrook Classic at D.L. Ligon Coliseum before taking on Emporia State (Kan.) the following night. Both games are slated for a 7 p.m. start time.

W. Soccer: Mustangs Jump Back into Regional Rankings

Midwestern State recovered the No. 10 spot in the latest South Central Region Rankings released by the NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Committee Wednesday afternoon.

The Mustangs, who dropped out of the rankings last week, take on Texas A&M-Commerce in the semifinal round of the Lone Star Conference Postseason Tournament Friday night at the Lions Soccer Field. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

The winner moves on to face the victor of the other semifinal contest between Eastern New Mexico and Angelo State Sunday afternoon in the tournament finals with automatic bid to the NCAA postseason field on the line.

The top six teams from the region qualify for the playoff field which is set for Nov. 14 and 16 at campus sites to be announced with the tournament field on Monday, Nov. 10.

The Mustangs (8-5-5) advanced to regional postseason play following the 2010, 2011 and 2013 seasons claiming its first playoff win over St. Edward's in 2011.

Colorado Mines sits atop the region with an 14-1-3 mark followed by Metro State (Colo.) (13-1-4), Texas A&M-Commerce (13-5-0), Regis (Colo.) (13-4-1), Angelo State (Texas) (14-3-1) and Dallas Baptist (Texas) (13-3-1)..

New Mexico Highlands (10-4-4), St. Edward's (Texas) (12-4-0), Eastern New Mexico (9-7) and MSU round out the rankings.

The regional breaks down into two three-team pods hosted by each of the top two seeds with the winners advancing to a regional final to be played in conjunction with the West Region final on Nov. 21. The victors move on to face off in the national quarterfinals at the same site two days later for a berth in the Final Four set for Dec. 4-6 at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium in Louisville, Ky.

Western Washington (15-0-3) tops the West Region followed by California State, Los Angeles (14-1-3), Cal Poly Pomona (12-4-1), California State, San Bernardino (11-4-1), California State, Stanislaus (12-4-1), Sonoma State (Calif.) (14-4-1), Chico State (Calif.) (11-4-2), California Baptist (11-4-2), Seattle Pacific (Wash.) (11-4-1) and California, San Diego (9-6-3).

M. Soccer: Mustangs Fall to Third in Latest Regional Ranking

Midwestern State falls to third place in the most recent South Central Region rankings released by the NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Committee Wednesday afternoon.

The slide comes as a result of the Mustangs' 2-1 loss to Eastern New Mexico on October 27.

The Mustangs (12-4-2) closed the regular season with a pair of victories on the road, defeating West Texas A&M 2-1 and Eastern New Mexico 1-0.

MSU is 1-1-1 against teams in the South Central Region rankings boasting a win over Colorado Mesa while also playing SEU to a 1-1 draw earlier this season in Wichita Falls.

The top three teams from the South Central Region advance to the NCAA Division II national tournament field set to be announced Monday, Nov. 10 via selection on at 6:30 p.m.

The top team in the region receives an opening round bye and will serve as the host for third round matchups featuring the South Central and West region title games on the weekend of Nov. 22-23. The victors move on to square off for a berth in the Final Four set for Dec. 5-7 at Blanchard Woods Park in Evans, Ga.

The South Central Nos. 2 and 3 ranked squads meet at the site of the higher seed for the right to battle the top seed.

Colorado Mesa tops the region with a 15-2-1 mark followed by St. Edward's (13-2-1) and MSU, while Regis (Colo.) (12-5) and Colorado Mines (11-7).

Cal Poly Pomona (16-1-1) tops the West Region trailed by Seattle Pacific (Wash.) (15-1-1), Azusa Pacific (Calif.) (13-2), California State, Los Angeles (13-3), Northwest Nazarene (Wash.) (13-3-1), Simon Fraser (10-4-2), California, San Diego (9-4-5) and California State, Western Washington (9-7-1).