MSU Roundup: Basketball And Soccer

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Midwestern State entered the Division II Media Poll sponsored by the Division II Sports Information Directors of America (D2SIDA) for the first time Tuesday entering the first-year rankings at No. 24.

The Mustangs extended their winning streak to five games with victories over Oklahoma Panhandle State and Ouachita Baptist to improve to 6-1 on the season.

MSU suffered its only loss of the season to No. 1-ranked Emporia State (Kan.) earlier this season in the Ashbrook Classic at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

Midwestern is one of three teams from the South Central Region to receive mention in the poll joining No. 7 West Texas A&M and No. 18 Colorado-Colorado Springs.

Emporia State gathered 14 of the 16 first-place votes to top the poll followed by No. 2 Lewis (Ill.), No. 3 Nova Southeastern (Fla.), No. 4 Stonehill (Mass.) and No. 5 Seattle Pacific (Wash.).

The Mustangs are ranked third in the South Central Region rankings behind West Texas A&M and Colorado-Colorado Springs followed by St. Mary's (Texas), Tarleton State, Texas-Permian Basin, Lubbock Christian, Regis (Colo.), Colorado Mines and Metro State (Colo.).

MSU Woman's Basketball

Midwestern State continues to receive votes in the USA Today Sports Top 25 Coaches' Poll released Tuesday afternoon by the Women's Basketball Coaches of America.

The Mustangs upped their current winning streak to five games with a victory over Ouachita Baptist Sunday afternoon at D.L. Ligon Coliseum to improve to 6-1 on the season .

Midwestern's only loss came to top-ranked Emporia State (Kan.) in the Ashbrook Classic during the season opening weekend in Wichita Falls.

MSU is one of five teams from the South Central Region to gain mention in the poll joining No. 6 West Texas A&M and No. 14 Colorado Mesa, while Texas A&M International and Tarleton State (Texas) are also receiving votes.

Emporia State took over the top spot obtaining 22 of the 32 first-place votes while No. 2 Wayne State (Neb.), No. 3 Lewis (Ill.), No. 4 Nova Southeastern (Fla.) and No. 5 Northern State (S.D.) filled out the first five.

Midwestern State plays host to Arkansas-Fort Smith Wednesday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

MSU Soccer

Midwestern State placed three players on the National Soccer Coaches' Association of America All-South Central Region squad released Tuesday afternoon.

Juniors Alex Edwards and Morgan Hannon were named to the region's third team along with freshman Destinee Williamson.

Edwards, a center back from Mansfield, made 18 starts while spearheading a back line that limited the opposition to a 0.84 goals against average while positing six clean sheets.

A lethal option on restarts and corner kick, Edwards got forward to net goals against Southwestern Oklahoma and Southern Nazarene while notching assists against Oklahoma Christian and Texas Woman's. She also earned second-team All-Lone Star Conference acclaim this season.

Hannon, a second-team pick as a sophomore in 2013, accounted for two goals and dished out two assists serving as MSU's difference maker in the central midfield.

The 5-5 junior from Midland tallied goals against Southern Nazarene and Texas A&M-Commerce while helping the Mustangs to a 19th consecutive Lone Star Conference Postseason Tournament appearance.

Hannon also garnered first-team all-conference for the second consecutive season.

Williamson burst on the scene delivering strong results in her first collegiate campaign.

The 5-7 speedster from Bedford earned LSC Freshman of the Year honors scoring a team-high nine goals while dishing out four assists.

Williamson netted two goals against Southern Nazarene before netting her first career game winning goal in a 1-0 victory at St. Edward's. She knocked in four goals during league play including a go-ahead goal against Texas A&M-Commerce at the LSC Postseason Tournament semifinals.

Hannon and Williamson also garnered second-team all-region honors from Daktronics last month.

Representing the Lone Star Conference on the first team were Angelo State sophomore defender Ashley Exford, Angelo State sophomore midfielder Haley Mendel, Angelo State junior forward Sierra Anderson and Texas A&M-Commerce sophomore forward Savannah Henderson.

Named to the second team were Texas A&M-Commerce sophomore defender Vicky Back, Eastern New Mexico senior defender Renee Romero, Texas A&M-Commerce junior forward Jade Bell and Texas Woman's sophomore forward Natalia Diaz.

Texas A&M-Commerce junior goalkeeper Courtnie Northern, West Texas A&M senior defender Rhea Belgrave and Eastern New Mexico senior midfielder Alyssa Prince joined MSU's trio on the third team.

Midwestern State finished the 2014 season with an 8-6-5 mark advancing to the Lone Star Conference Postseason Tournament semifinals.