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Mustangs slip to fifth in NCAA II South Central Region Rankings


Midwestern State dropped one spot to sixth in the latest South Central Region Rankings released Wednesday afternoon by the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Committee.


The Mustangs (20-7) split a pair of Lone Star Conference games last week falling to Angelo State on the road before rebounding for a win over Texas A&M-Kingsville last Saturday at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.


MSU closes the regular season Saturday night against Cameron under the dome. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.


Tarleton State (20-2) tops the rankings followed by Metropolitan State (Colo.) (21-4), Colorado Mines (21-3), Angelo State (Texas) (20-3), Colorado-Colorado Springs (19-4), MSU, Texas A&M-Commerce (18-6) and Colorado State-Pueblo (19-7).


Fort Lewis (Colo.) (17-7) and Colorado Mesa (17-7) round out the rankings at Nos. 9 and 10, respectively.


The South Central Region consists of the Lone Star, Rocky Mountain Athletic and Heartland conferences. The winners of the each league's postseason tournament gains an automatic bid into the postseason while five others earn at-large access.


The top eight teams from each of the eight regions advance to the postseason which begins March 14-17 at campus sites of the top-ranked team in each region.


The winners of each regional gain a berth in the Elite Eight which is set for the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind., March 25-28


Mustangs fall to third in latest NCAA II South Central Region Rankings


Midwestern State slipped one spot to No. 3 in the latest South Central Region Rankings released Wednesday afternoon by the NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Committee.

The Mustangs (20-5) split a pair of Lone Star Conference games last week falling at Angelo State before rallying for a win over Texas A&M-Kingsville last Saturday at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

MSU closes the regular season Saturday against Cameron under the dome. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m.

Defending regional champion West Texas A&M (24-2) tops the ranking followed byColorado Mesa (20-4), MSU, Colorado-Colorado Springs (20-5), Arkansas-Fort Smith (16-8), Cameron (15-9), Colorado State-Pueblo (15-9) and Tarleton State (13-9).

Fort Lewis (Colo.) (13-9) and Regis (Colo.) (15-9) round out the poll at Nos. 9 and 10, respectively.

The South Central Region consists of the Lone Star, Rocky Mountain Athletic and Heartland conferences. The winners of the each league's postseason tournament gains an automatic bid into the postseason while five others earn at-large access.

The top eight teams from each of the eight regions advance to the postseason which begins March 13-16 at campus sites of the top-ranked team in each region.

The winners of each regional gain a berth in the Elite Eight which is set for the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D., March 24-27.

Mustangs receiving votes in NFCA Top 25


Midwestern State is receiving votes in the National Fast-pitch Coaches' Association Top 25 released Wednesday afternoon.

The Mustangs completed a 5-0 showing at the North Texas Softball Bash last weekend in Mansfield to extend their current winning streak to 10 games.

It is MSU's first 10-game winning streak since the Mustangs won 10 consecutive games from Feb. 17-March 15, 2013 as Midwestern improved 13-4 on the season.

The Mustangs are one of five teams from the South Central Region to receive mention in the poll joining No. 1 West Texas A&M, No. 5 St. Mary's (Texas), No. 6 Angelo State (Texas) and No. 24 Metropolitan State (Colo.).

Midwestern opens Lone Star Conference with a four-game set against Eastern New Mexico this weekend at Mustangs Park. The teams are slated for a doubleheader Friday at 5 and 7 p.m. before closing the set with two more Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.


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