IN THE RANKINGS:
Angelo State entered the WBCA NCAA DII Top 25 Coaches’ Poll this week at No. 21 following an impressive start in Lone Star Conference play last week. The Belles are off to a 4-0 start this season after defeating Texas A&M-Commerce on the road, 70-64, last Thursday. The Belles then scored another impressive road win as they defeated Tarleton State, 75-64, last Saturday.
West Texas A&M moved up one spot to No. 4 after opening LSC play with two home games last week. The Lady Buffs held off Cameron 74-67 to open conference play last Thursday. WT was dominant on Saturday as they defeated MSU Texas, 73-59.
Lubbock Christian fell out of the Top 25 this week even after winning its only game last week. The Lady Chaps defeated NAIA No. 15 Our Lady of the Lake, 77-65, at home last Saturday.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
Women’s Basketball Player of the Week
Olivia Robertson, Lubbock Christian, Guard, Sr., Kerrville, Texas
Lubbock Christian guard Olivia Robertson led the Lady Chaps to a win over Our Lady of the Lake on Saturday with a double-double effort of 20 points and 13 rebounds. The senior shot 50 percent (7-of-14) from the floor and added three assists and three steals in the win. Robertson is averaging 14.8 points per game this season for LCU which ranks fifth among Heartland Conference scorers. This is Robertson’s first career player of the week award.
Lone Star Conference:
Lexy Hightower, West Texas A&M University, JR, Mass Communications/Broadcasting, Guard, Amarillo, Texas, Amarillo
Hightower had a big weekend for the No. 5 Lady Buffs as it opened up Lone Star Conference action with a pair of home victories over Cameron and MSU Texas to improve to 8-0 overall on the season. The Amarillo High product went 14-of-32 (43.8 percent) from the floor including 8-of-18 (44.4) from behind the arc and 11-of-14 (78.6) from the charity stripe to average 23.5 points per contest while grabbing 11 rebounds (three offensive, eight defensive) to go along with two assists and three steals in the pair of wins. The WBCA All-American scored a career-high 29 points on Saturday afternoon against the rival Mustangs as she went 8-of-17 from the floor, 5-of-10 from deep and 8-of-10 from the free throw line to go along with four rebounds and two assists in the victory.
Marquita Daniels, Angelo State University, SR, Student Development and Leadership, Guard, Atlanta, Georgia, Southwest Atlanta Christian
Daniels had an excellent week as the Belles got off to a 2-0 start in conference play. She scored 23 points and notched a career high-tying seven steals on Thursday against Texas A&M-Commerce. Daniels followed it up with an 18-point, seven rebound and five steal performance on Saturday as the Belles defeated Tarleton State in Wisdom Gym for the first time since February 4, 2006. She currently leads the country in steals per game.
AROUND THE CONFERENCE:
Angelo State – Won at Texas A&M-Commerce 70-64; Won at Tarleton State 75-64
Cameron – Lost at No. 5 West Texas A&M 74-67; Lost at Eastern New Mexico 85-65
Lubbock Christian – won vs Our Lady of the Lake 77-65
Midwestern State – Lost at Eastern New Mexico 80-64; Lost at No. 5 West Texas A&M 73-59
St. Edward’s – Won vs Arlington Baptist 87-46; Won vs Huston-Tillotson 68-50
St. Mary’s – Did not play last week.
Tarleton State – Won vs Texas A&M-Kingsville 60-44; Lost vs Angelo State 75-64
Texas A&M-Commerce – Lost vs Angelo State 70-64; Won vs Texas A&M-Kingsville 87-38
Texas A&M International – Lost vs Huston-Tillotson 98-59
Texas A&M-Kingsville – Lost at Tarleton State 60-44; Lost at Texas A&M-Commerce 87-38
Texas Woman’s – Won vs Western New Mexico 75-69; Won vs UT Permian Basin 45-41
UT Permian Basin – Lost at Texas Woman’s 45-41
West Texas A&M – Won vs Cameron 74-67; Won vs MSU Texas 73-59
GAMES TO WATCH:
Texas A&M-Kingsville at Angelo State Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
St. Mary’s at Angelo State Saturday at 2 p.m.
Western New Mexico at UT Permian Basin Saturday at 2 p.m.
Lubbock Christian at Cameron Saturday at 2 p.m.
IN THE RANKINGS:
Mary Hardin-Baylor jumped six spots to No. 17 this week in the WBCA NCAA DIII Top 25 Coaches’ Poll after three impressive victories last week. The Cru defeated Southwestern (Tex.) 77-69 last Tuesday before beginning conference play on Thursday. The Cru upset No. 10 East Texas Baptist 87-74 at home last Thursday before scoring a decisive 80-48 victory over LeTourneau on Saturday.
East Texas Baptist fell two spots to No. 12 this week after they split last week. The Lady Tigers fell 87-74 on the road to No. 23 Mary Hardin-Baylor to open conference play last Thursday before defeating Concordia Texas 68-53 on Saturday.
UT Dallas dropped one spot to No. 18 despite two decisive wins on the road last week. The Comets beat Sul Ross State 62-37 to open play in the American Southwest Conference and defeated Howard Payne 73-58 on Saturday to stay undefeated in conference.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
American Southwest Conference:
EAST DIVISION PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Raenett Hughes, So., G, UT Dallas
UT Dallas sophomore guard Raenett Hughes (College Station, Texas) averaged 15.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per outing as the No. 17/22 Comets swept both conference games on the road. Hughes scored 16 points and added nine rebounds in Thursday’s 62-37 win at Sul Ross State. She then had 15 points, 12 boards and six assists in a 73-58 win at Howard Payne on Saturday to earn her second career Player of the Week award.
WEST DIVISION PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Kendall Rollins, Jr., G, Mary Hardin-Baylor
Mary Hardin-Baylor junior guard Kendall Rollins (Fulshear, Texas) led the No. 23/25 Cru to three wins, averaging 16.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game while going 8-for-11 from three-point range and shooting 50 percent (17-of-34) from the field. Rollins had 23 points and seven rebounds in an 87-74 win over No. 9/10 East Texas Baptist to earn her third 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 for games played from Monday, November 26 through Sunday, December 2.
Frank averaged 23.5 points and 12.0 rebounds in a pair of games for the ‘Roos last week, posting a double-double in the team’s first setback of the year against Millsaps before bouncing back with 31 points and 13 rebounds in a huge road win over previously unbeaten Rhodes. Her 31 points was the most scored in the SCAC so far this season. She shot 45.2 percent from the field and 79.2 percent from the free throw line, adding 2.0 assists and 1.0 blocks-per-game.
AROUND THE CONFERENCE:
Austin College – Lost vs Millsaps 70-61; Won at Rhodes 84-75
Belhaven – Lost at McMurry 77-74; Won at Hardin-Simmons 68-60
Centenary (La.) – Lost at Millsaps 61-47; Won vs Southeastern Baptist 78-45
Colorado College – Lost vs Embry-Riddle 68-51
Concordia Texas – Won vs LeTourneau 73-60; Lost vs No. 10 East Texas Baptist 68-53
Dallas – Lost vs Dallas Christian 69-66; Lost vs Millsaps 65-54
East Texas Baptist – Lost at No. 23 Mary Hardin-Baylor 87-74; Won at Concordia Texas 68-53
Hardin-Simmons – Won vs Louisiana College 79-60; Lost vs Belhaven 68-60
Howard Payne – Won at Schreiner 77-63; Lost vs No. 17 UT Dallas 73-58
JWU (Denver) – Lost vs Embry-Riddle 81-48
LeTourneau – Lost at Concordia Texas 73-60; Lost at No. 23 Mary Hardin-Baylor 80-48
Louisiana College – Lost at Hardin-Simmons 79-60; Won at McMurry 73-67
Mary Hardin-Baylor – Won vs Southwestern (Tex.) 77-69; Won vs No. 10 East Texas Baptist 87-74; Won vs LeTourneau 80-48
McMurry – Won vs Belhaven 77-74; Lost vs Louisiana College 73-67
Ozarks – Won at Hendrix 75-71; Lost at UT Tyler 77-73
Schreiner – Lost vs Howard Payne 77-63; Lost at Abilene Christian 90-43
Southwestern (Tex.) – Lost vs Rhodes 71-68; Lost at Hendrix 65-48
Sul Ross State – Lost vs No. 17 UT Dallas 62-37; Lost vs Southwest 70-47
Texas Lutheran – Lost vs UT Tyler 66-56; Lost vs Rhodes 60-55; Lost at Hendrix 57-56
Trinity (Tex.) – Did not play last week.
UT Dallas – Won at Sul Ross State 62-37; Won at Howard Payne 73-58
UT Tyler – Won at Texas Lutheran 66-56; Won vs Ozarks 77-73
GAMES TO WATCH:
Concordia Texas at UT Dallas Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
Hardin-Simmons at UT Tyler Friday at 5:30 p.m.
McMurry at Southwestern (Tex.) Saturday at 2 p.m.
Howard Payne at LeTourneau Saturday at 1 p.m.
Mary Hardin-Baylor at UT Dallas Saturday at 1 p.m.
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.