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MSU Woman's Basketball ranked 24th in Division II Media Poll

Midwestern State remained at No. 24 in the latest Division II Media Poll sponsored by the Sports Information Directors of America (D2SIDA) released Tuesday afternoon.

The Mustangs edged Arkansas-Fort Smith 70-66 Wednesday at D.L. Ligon Coliseum to improve their current winning streak to six games to move to 7-1 on the season.

MSU matched its best start through eight games in program history with its only loss coming to top-ranked Emporia State (Kan.).

Midwestern is one of three teams from the South Central Region to receive mention in the poll joining No. 3 West Texas A&M and No. 14 Colorado-Colorado Springs.

Emporia State (Kan.) is the unanimous No. 1 after improving to 7-0 with wins over Northwest Missouri State and Newman (Kan.) last week, while Lewis (Ill.), WT, Adelphi (N.Y.), Florida Tech, Northern State (S.D.), Carson-Newman (Tenn.), West Chester (Pa.), Alaska-Anchorage and Wayne State (Mich.) round out the Top 10.

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

MSU plays host to Lubbock Christian (Texas) Saturday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. 

Mustangs receiving votes in WBCA Top 25

Midwestern State picked up more support but is still receiving votes in the USA Today Sports Top 25 Coaches' Poll released Tuesday afternoon.

The Mustangs edged Arkansas-Fort Smith 70-66 Wednesday at D.L. Ligon Coliseum to improve their current winning streak to six games to move to 7-1 on the season.

MSU matched its best start through eight games in program history with its only loss coming to top-ranked Emporia State (Kan.).

Midwestern, which is up 16 votes from last week with 49, is one of five teams from the South Central Region to gain mention in the poll joining No. 4 West Texas A&M while Colorado Mesa, Tarleton State (Texas) and Colorado-Colorado Springs are also receiving votes.

Emporia State claimed 26 of the 31 first-place votes to retain the No. 1 spot for the second straight week, while Lewis (Ill.) (four first-place votes), Northern State (S.D.), West Texas A&M, Tampa (Fla.), Pittsburg State (Kan.), Wayne State (Neb.), Wayne State (Mich.), Alaska-Anchorage (one first-place vote) and Adelphi (N.Y.) round out the Top 10.

Men's Soccer Finishes Season Ranked

Midwestern State closed the 2014 campaign ranked 20th in the Continental Tire/National Soccer Coaches' Association of America's final postseason poll as released Tuesday afternoon.

The rating marks the eighth time in the last nine seasons the Mustangs carried a ranking in the final poll.

MSU battled to a 13-4-2 mark gaining their 10th NCAA Division II playoff berth since the start of the 2002 season before falling to eventual national semifinalist Colorado Mesa in the second round of the tournament.

The Mustangs are one of four teams from the South Central Region to receive mention in the poll joining No. 4 Colorado Mesa and No. 12 St. Edward's (Texas) while Colorado Mines received votes.

Lynn (Fla.) claimed its second national championship in the last three years by taking a 3-2 win over Charleston (W. Va.) Saturday in Louisville.

Charleston finished second followed by national semifinalists Quincy (Ill.) and Colorado Mesa while Young Harris (Ga.), California State-Los Angeles, Southern New Hampshire, Seattle Pacific (Wash.), Mercyhurst (Pa.) and Limestone (S.C.) round out the Top 10.

The second 10 consists of Long Island-Post (N.Y.), St. Edward's, Saint Leo (Fla.), Fort Hays State (Kan.), Merrimack (Mass.), Saginaw Valley State (Mich.), Southern Connecticut State, Christian Brothers (Tenn.), Azusa Pacific (Calif.) and MSU.

Northeastern State (Okla.), Wingate (N.C.), Drury (Mo.), Notre Dame (Ohio) and Northwood (Mich.) round out the poll.

Midwestern State carried final rankings of No. 10 in 2006, No. 3 in 2007, No. 5 in 2008, No. 19 in 2009, No. 2 in 2010 and No. 16 in 2011. The Mustangs finished the 2012 campaign unranked before closing 13th in 2013 and 20th this season.

MSU has appeared in 91 national rankings since the start of the 2006 season including 47 of those weeks within the Top 10. The Mustangs spent three weeks at No. 1 during the 2008 campaign.

Football Trio Earns Beyond Sports All-Region Honors

Midwestern State placed three players on the Beyond Sports Network All-Super Region Four squad released earlier this week.

Senior center Shadow Stokes garnered first-team honors and junior safety Marqui Christian was tabbed to the second team while redshirt-freshman punter Mitchell Henton earned honorable mention.

Stokes, a senior from Kilgore, became the fourth offensive lineman in MSU history to repeat as a Daktronics all-region selection earlier this month joining All-Americans Tony Burson (2006, 2007), Amini Silatolu (2010, 2011) and Ken Van Heule (2011, 2012) as Mustangs to achieve the feat.

Stokes is a two-time All-Lone Star Conference performer who also became the third MSU offensive lineman to garner LSC Offensive Lineman of the Year honors in the last five seasons last month.

He was tabbed to the All-Super Region Four's second team by Daktronics and Don Hansen's Football Gazette in 2013.

The 6-3, 290-pounder anchored an offensive line which paved the way for NCAA Division II's ninth best rushing attack (274.5 yards per game) as the Mustangs also ranked 14th in total offense churning out 493.7 yards per game.

Christian, a two-time All-LSC first-team performer, recorded 10-or-more tackles in six of his eight outings this season including a career-high 18 against Eastern New Mexico then logged 16 more with an interception and two pass breakups in the season finale against Tarleton State.

The Spring native closed the year with 81 tackles including 3.5 for loss and one sack while posting two interceptions.

Christian gained Daktronics and Don Hansen All-Super Region Four second-team accolades after leading MSU with 95 tackles as a sophomore in 2013.

Henton earned second-team All-LSC honors after leading the league and ranking 11th in NCAA Division II with a 42 yards per punt average.

The redshirt-freshman out of Lake Highlands High boasted six punts of least 50 yards and placing 12 inside the 20-yard line.

Midwestern State (6-4) completed its 15th consecutive season with a winning record.
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