WBB Small College Recap: Walla drops 35 for St. Mary's, Mary Hardin-Baylor cracks Top 25

DIVISION II

IN THE RANKINGS:

West Texas A&M moved up two spots to No. 5 in this week’s WBCA top 25 poll. The Lady Buffs move up following two wins last weekend in the PAK-A-SAK Thanksgiving Classic. WT beat two fellow south central region foes on consecutive days as they beat New Mexico Highlands 100-59 on Friday before an impressive 91-70 win over Colorado State-Pueblo on Saturday.

Lubbock Christian fell eight spots to No. 18 this week after the Lady Chaps suffered two losses last week. The Lady Chaps lost 67-56 on the road to a good Tarleton State squad last Wednesday. LCU then played in the St. Mary’s Thanksgiving Classic where they defeated Kutztown 72-47 on Friday before falling to then No. 1 Central Missouri 67-62 on Saturday.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:

Heartland Conference:

Women’s Basketball Player of the Week

Kaitlin Walla, St. Mary’s

Guard, Sr., Georgetown, Texas

St. Mary’s redshirt senior Kaitlin Walla scored a career-high 35 points, one-point shy of the St. Mary's single-game record, in the Rattlers' stunning upset of No. 1-ranked and defending national champion Central Missouri. Walla shot 5-of-7 from beyond the arc in the game and 10-of-11 from the free-throw line to fuel the double-overtime victory. For the week, she averaged 18.7 points and 3.0 rebounds as the 7-1 Rattlers went 3-0 with wins over Texas A&M-Commerce, Central Missouri and Kutztown. This is Walla’s first career player of the week award.

Lone Star Conference:

OFFENSIVE
Kaylee Allen, Tarleton State University, SR, Sociology, Guard, Cincinnati, OH, Winton Woods HS

Allen was spectacular for Tarleton as the TexAnns upset No. 10 Lubbock Christian 67-56 last Wednesday, handing the Lady Chaps their first loss of the season.  She led the team with 17 points on 6-12 shooting from the floor, including 3-4 from downtown, and 2-2 at the charity stripe. Allen also grabbed two rebounds and dished out two assists. In addition to her work on offense, she put together a career game on the defensive end with eight steals as she led Tarleton in forcing 26 turnovers. The 26 turnovers for the Lady Chaps were the most since Ashland forced 28 on Nov. 24, 2017. Allen’s defensive efforts held Lubbock Christian to a season-low for points scored (56), field goal attempts (42), three-pointers made (3), and three-pointers attempted (12).

DEFENSIVE
Kaylee Allen, Tarleton State University, SR, Sociology, Guard, Cincinnati, OH, Winton Woods HS

Allen was spectacular for Tarleton as the TexAnns upset No. 10 Lubbock Christian last Wednesday, handing the Lady Chaps their first loss of the season. Allen put together a career game on the defensive end with eight steals as she led Tarleton in forcing 26 turnovers and defeating the Lady Chaps 67-56. The 26 turnovers Tarleton forced against the Lady Chaps were the most since Ashland forced 28 on Nov. 24, 2017. Allen’s defensive efforts held Lubbock Christian to a season-low for points scored (56), field goal attempts (42), three-pointers made (3), and three-pointers attempted (12). In addition to her work on the defensive end, Allen led the team with 17 points on 6-12 shooting from the floor, including 3-4 from downtown, and 2-2 at the charity stripe. Allen also grabbed two rebounds and dished out two assists.

AROUND THE STATE:

Angelo State – Did not play last week

Lubbock Christian – Lost at Tarleton State 67-56; Won vs Kutztown 72-47; Lost vs No. 1 Central Missouri 67-62

Midwestern State – Did not play last week

St. Edward’s – Won vs Kutztown 60-54; Won vs Texas A&M-Kingsville 62-43

St. Mary’s – Won at Texas A&M-Commerce 62-51; Won vs No. 1 Central Missouri 101-97 (2 OT); Won vs Kutztown 55-45

Tarleton State – Won vs No. 10 Lubbock Christian 67-56

Texas A&M-Commerce – Lost vs St. Mary’s 62-51; Won at Southeastern Oklahoma State 76-67

Texas A&M International – Lost at Texas A&M-Kingsville 80-69; Lost at Colorado School of Mines 88-64; Lost at Regis (Colo.) 66-49

Texas A&M-Kingsville – Won vs Texas A&M International 80-69; Lost at St. Edward’s 62-43

Texas Woman’s – Won vs Huston-Tillotson 83-48

UT Permian Basin – Lost at Regis (Colo.) 61-41; Lost at Colorado School of Mines 82-58

West Texas A&M – Won vs New Mexico Highlands 100-59; Won vs Colorado State-Pueblo 91-70

 

GAMES TO WATCH:

Angelo State at Texas A&M-Commerce Thursday at 1 p.m. in Commerce, Texas

Angelo State at Tarleton State Saturday at 2 p.m. in Stephenville, Texas

Huston-Tillotson at Texas A&M International Saturday at 2 p.m. in Laredo, Texas

 

DIVISION III

IN THE RANKINGS:

Mary Hardin-Baylor enters the top 25 this week as they hold the No. 23 spot in the WBCA poll. The Crusaders are 4-0 this season with three of their victories on the road. The Cru last week defeated a solid NAIA squad in Texas Wesleyan on Tuesday 70-65 and won a decisive 71-56 victory over Schreiner on Sunday afternoon.

East Texas Baptist moved up two spots in the latest poll to No. 10. The Lady Tigers are 6-0 on the season and won two games in Colorado Springs, Colo. last weekend. ETBU defeated Johnson & Wales (Denver) 89-56 on Friday and won 72-48 on Saturday over Colorado College.

UT Dallas fell three spots this week to No. 17 as they suffered their first loss of the season to undefeated Austin College 60-57 last Saturday. The Comets also scored a 66-53 win over Southwestern (Tex.) last Wednesday.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:

American Southwest Conference:

EAST DIVISION PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Taylor Singleton, Fr., G, East Texas Baptist
East Texas Baptist freshman guard Taylor Singleton (Friendswood, Texas) had an all-around great pair of games in Colorado, averaging 11.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 5.5 steals and 1.5 blocks per game and helping the No. 12/14 Tigers to a pair of wins. In an 89-56 victory over Johnson & Wales (Colo.), she scored 12 points with eight assists in 18 minutes of play. Singleton then recorded 11 points, seven boards, five assists, five steals and three blocks in the 72-48 win at Colorado College. 

CO-WEST DIVISION PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Taylor Gaffney, Jr., G, Hardin-Simmons
Hardin-Simmons junior guard Taylor Gaffney (Frisco, Texas) earned her second Player of the Week of the season, leading the Cowgirls to a 3-0 record. She scored a career-high 25 points in Sunday’s 87-86 double-overtime victory against Southwestern, netting eight points in the final 28 seconds to help overcome a six-point deficit for the win. For the week, Gaffney averaged 18.0 points, 4.0 assists and 1.7 steals per game.

CO-WEST DIVISION PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Hannah Holt, Jr., G, Mary Hardin-Baylor
Mary Hardin-Baylor junior guard Hannah Holt (Lumberton, Texas) led the Cru in scoring in a pair of victories last week, shooting 57 percent (13-of-23) from the field and averaging 16.5 points and 7.5 rebounds. Holt scored 10 points with seven rebounds and three assists in a 70-65 win against Texas Wesleyan. She then had 13 points and eight boards in a 71-56 victory at Schreiner to earn her fourth career Player of the Week honors.

Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference:

BRYCE FRANK OF AUSTIN COLLEGE, a senior forward from Granbury, Texas., has been named the SCAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week from Monday, November 19 through Sunday, November 25. Frank led the Roos’ to a 60-57 upset victory over No. 14 UT-Dallas scoring 23 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in the win. After UTD had taken a 51-50 lead late in game, the senior forward scored four straight to put Austin College back on top. The win marked the first time since 2012 that Austin College has beaten UTD. Frank also added an assist, a block, and a steal in the win, which helped the ‘Roos improve to 4-0.

 

AROUND THE CONFERENCE:

Austin College – Won vs No. 14 UT Dallas 60-57

Concordia Texas – Won vs Schreiner 66-56; Lost vs Southwestern (Tex.) 68-52; Lost at Texas Lutheran 77-50

Dallas – Lost at California Institute of Technology 68-49; Lost vs Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 58-24; Lost vs Pomona-Pitzer 66-37

East Texas Baptist – Won vs JWU (Denver) 89-56; Won at Colorado College 72-48

Hardin-Simmons – Won vs Trinity (Tex.) 76-68; Won at Texas Lutheran 63-57; Won vs Southwestern (Tex.) 87-86 (2OT)

Howard Payne – Lost at Houston Baptist 93-60; Lost at Millsaps 76-72; Won vs Birmingham-Southern 57-55

LeTourneau – Lost vs Birmingham-Southern 53-42; Lost at Millsaps 69-51

Mary Hardin-Baylor – Won vs Texas Wesleyan 70-65; Won at Schreiner 71-56

McMurry – Lost at Texas Lutheran 71-61; Lost vs Whitman 83-57; Lost at Whitworth 71-47

Schreiner – Lost at Concordia Texas 66-56; Lost vs Sul Ross State 79-58; Lost vs Mary Hardin-Baylor 71-56

Southwestern (Tex.) – Lost vs No. 14 UT Dallas 66-53; Won vs Concordia Texas 68-52; Lost vs Hardin-Simmons 87-86 (2OT)

Sul Ross State – Lost at Trinity (Tex.) 79-62; Won at Schreiner 79-58

Texas Lutheran – Won vs McMurry 71-61; Lost vs Hardin-Simmons 63-57; Won vs Concordia Texas 77-50

Trinity (Tex.) - Lost at Hardin-Simmons 76-68; Won vs Sul Ross State 79-62

UT Dallas – Won at Southwestern (Tex.) 66-53; Lost at Austin College 60-57

UT Tyler – Won at Texas College 70-46

 

GAMES TO WATCH:

East Texas Baptist at Mary Hardin-Baylor Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in Belton, Texas

Southwestern (Tex.) at Rhodes Friday 1 p.m. in Memphis, Tenn.

Louisiana College at McMurry Saturday at 1 p.m. in Abilene, Texas

Ozarks at UT Tyler Saturday at 1 p.m. in Tyler, Texas

Austin College at Rhodes Sunday at noon in Memphis, Tenn.

Cory Hogue is Dave Campbell's Texas Basketball small college correspondent follow him on Twitter at @HoagieSports and be sure to visit his website (linked below) for more coverage of Division II and Division III collegiate athletics.

 

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