WICHITA FALLS, TX - Midwestern State's Jordan Stevens garnered Lone Star Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors as released by league officials Monday afternoon.
The 6-foot, 190-pound senior poured in 20-or-more points in back-to-back games to spur the 25th-ranked Mustangs to wins over LSC-leading West Texas A&M and Eastern New Mexico last week as MSU improved to 18-5 on the season.
Stevens erupted for 28 points on 10-of-19 shooting with three 3-pointers while dishing out six assists and registered three steals as MSU snapped a four-game skid with an 84-75 win over West Texas A&M Wednesday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. MSU's victory also snapped WT's seven-game winning streak as the Mustangs completed an important season sweep.
Stevens kept the hot hand Saturday at Eastern New Mexico splashing 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting with four 3-pointers while handing out six more assists in a 110-62 throttling of the Greyhounds.
The margin of victory was the largest ever for MSU in an LSC game as the Mustangs also scored their most points in a league game.
Angelo State's Thomas Tshikaya recorded his second double-double of the season with 20 points and 13 rebounds to help the Rams to a win at Texas A&M-Commerce to earn top defensive honors.
Midwestern State takes on Texas A&M-Kingsville Wednesday night on the road at the Steinke Physical Education Center. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Junior Thomas Smith fired an opening round 74 to lead Midwestern State at the opening round of the San Antonio Shootout Monday at the par-72, 7,002-yard TPC Canyons course.
The Mustangs head into Tuesday's final round in fourth place totaling 312 (+24) as a team.
"We faced a lot of cross wind today," MSU assistant coach Derek Oland said. "We struggled off of the tee and had a hard time reaching the greens so we had to fight hard without much of a chance at many birdies."
Smith carded a team-high three birdies and worked for 12 pars for a 2-over par showing is in fifth place six strokes off of the pace of Central Oklahoma's Russ Purcer, who blistered the course with a 4-under 68 in the first round.
"Thomas did a great job of working the course," Oland said. "He's a grinder and he played very well for us today. We expect a good score from him."
Midwestern State freshman Clayton Meyers, who was playing as an individual medalist, overcame a rough start to post a 4-over 76 to tie for 12th on the leaderboard.
Juniors Luke Thomas (78/+6) and Jared Baker (80/+8) joined freshman Chance Craig (80/+8) provided the Mustangs' other team countable rounds. Thomas is tied for 22nd while Baker and Craig are knotted in 39th.
Senior Ian Gallagher fired a first-round 83 (+11) to tie for 59th.
"We hit the ball in difficult spots and really made it hard on ourselves by not striking the ball well," Oland said. "You could definitely tell it was the first tournament we've played in a while."
The Mustangs sit 12 strokes off the pace of tournament leading Central Oklahoma (300/+12) right behind Oklahoma Christian (307/+19) and Southern Nazarene (311/+23).
The final round of the 36-hole tournament commences Tuesday morning at the TPC Oaks Course.
Junior Hayley Dambold carded an opening round 79 (+7) to help Midwestern State to sixth place in the opening round of the Lady Rattler Invitational played at the par-72, 5,910-yard course at The Dominion Country Club.
"After almost a month of practice, the girls were excited to play a tournament," MSU coach Jeff Ray said. "The Dominion Country Club is a great test of golf. There are 13 holes with doglegs and requires accuracy off of the tee. This is not a course you can miss and still make pars."
Dambold ranked amongst individual leaders even-par on the par-4s to stand 16th on the individual leaderboard nine strokes behind tournament leading Kelley Contreras (69/-3) of St. Mary's (Texas).
Sophomore Sarah Moore fired a 9-over 81, while junior Sierra Campbell, who was even on the par-3s, scored a 10-over 82 and junior Kellie Martin rounded out MSU's countable scores with a 12-over 74.
Freshman May Chimsuti carded a 13-over 85 for the Mustangs' fifth score.
MSU heads into the into the final round 30 strokes off the pace of leader St. Mary's (Texas) which fired an opening round total of 296 (+8) while Dallas Baptist (309/+21), Tarleton State (311/+23), West Texas A&M (318/+30) and Oklahoma Christian (320/+32) fill out the top five.
"The girls battled and played well," Ray said. "Anything round 80 is a good score for us on this golf course