MSU Roundup: W. Hoops Sweeps LSC Honors

Jones, Carter Earn LSC Player of the Week Honors

Midwestern State's Shambreka Jones and Andrea Carter swept Lone Star Conference awards as announced Monday afternoon by league officials.

Jones, a senior from Mesquite, notched her second double-double of the season in a big way while helping the Mustangs clinch the No. 2 seed in the Lone Star Conference Postseason Tournament with an 83-71 win over Cameron to earn defensive player of the week honors.

The 6-foot forward notched career highs with 18 points and 18 rebounds while swatting four shots as MSU held the Aggies to a 38.6-percent shooting night.

Jones became just the second player in program history to top 50 blocks in a single season and continues to lead the LSC with 2.0 blocked shots per game.

Carter erupted for a season-high 20 points to earn top offensive honors for the second time this season.

The 5-9 forward from Angleton connected on 7-of-13 shots while going 6-for-6 from the charity stripe to finish with 20 points and seven rebounds in just 23 minutes on the floor.

Carter became just the second player in Midwestern State history to amass 1,000 career rebounds in the win and ranks sixth on the school's all-time scoring chart with 1,433 points.

Midwestern State opens LSC Postseason Tournament play Wednesday afternoon against Eastern New Mexico. Tipoff is set for noon at the Allen (Texas) Event Center.

W. Golf: Mustangs Take 2nd in Las Vegas Desert Classic

Midwestern State fired the third -best round of the tournament Monday afternoon, but it wasn't enough to hold off Oklahoma Christian as the Mustangs claimed second at the Las Vegas Desert Classic played at the Par-72, 5,853-yard Desert Course at the Paiute Golf Resort -- Sun Mountain.

"We let one get away today," MSU coach Jeff Ray said. "We had three quality scores but just couldn't find that fourth one. We hit a lot of fairways and did a great job of keeping the ball in play. We didn't play well out of bunkers and didn't just the ball very well. Part of that was not being able to be outside to practice those things. Those were probably the two things that cost us the tournament."

Senior Brenna Moore carded a 75 while sophomores Hayley Dambold and Sierra Campbell logged a 76 and 77 respectively to give MSU a solid trio, but Oklahoma Christian improved by 11 strokes for rounds of 317 and 306 for a total of 623 to finish one stroke better than MSU and Central Oklahoma, who tied for second.

Campbell closed out a solid effort by taking fourth place on the individual board with a total of 150 (+6) just two shots behind top individual medallists Anna Arrese Cortadellas of Oklahoma Christian and Central Oklahoma's Marla Souvannasing.

"Sierra had a great tournament and played very consistently for 36 holes," Ray said.

Brenna Moore recovered for a shaky ending to Sunday's opening round to fire a team-best 75 in the final round to finish tied for seventh with a total of 156 (+12), while Dambold turned in a final round 76 for a total of 160 (+16) to tie for 16th.

"Brenna finished strong today and was really happy to see Hayley have a great round," Ray said. "She has been working very hard after having such a tough time in the fall."

Freshman Sarah Moore finished tied 18th with rounds of 77 and 84 for a total of 161 (+17), while sophomore Kellie Martin placed 24th with rounds of 83 and 82 for a total of 165 (+21).

The Mustangs play host to the Midwestern State Invitational on March 16 and 17 at the Wichita Falls Country Club.

M. Golf: Mustangs Finish Strong, Take 8th in Vegas

Midwestern State senior Derek Oland fired an even-Par 72 in the final round of the Las Vegas Desert Classic Monday afternoon at the Desert Course of the Paiute Golf Club -- Snow Mountain to lead the Mustangs to an eighth-place team showing.

"It wasn't a great tournament for us, but it is difficult to play at that high level every week," MSU coach Jeff Ray said. "The golf course is great and the weather was better today. It sprinkled a bit early but the weather was definitely not an issue."

The Mustangs battled back to finish at the top of their tier with a two-round total of 614 (+38) to finish ahead of Lindenwood (Mo.) (615), Illinois-Springfield (618) and Colorado State-Pueblo (620) but were 11 strokes behind seventh-place Lee (Tenn.) which carded a total of 603.

Sophomore Thomas Smith followed a first-round 73 with a 77 to finished tied for 17th with a total of 150 which was seven strokes off of the pace top individual medalist Bobby Holden of Redlands (Calif.). Holden blitzed the course with a second-round 67 to finish with a 1-under 143.

Oland bettered his first round score by seven strokes to notch a 20th-place showing with a 151 (+7) while junior Ian Gallagher turned in a quality score of 74 (+2) for a two-round total of 155 to tie for 39th.

Senior Brandon Banks fired rounds of 79 and 82 to tie for 55th with a 161 while sophomore Jared Baker was 70th with a total of 164 (85-79).

Redlands (Calif.) carded a the tournament's best total with a second round 291 for a two-round total of 590 (+14) to finish two strokes ahead of Oklahoma Christian.

The Mustangs, who had won their last two tournaments and three of the last five, compete in the St. Mary's Rattler Invitational on March 16-17 at the Dominion Country Club in San Antonio.