IN THE RANKINGS:
West Texas A&M took a fall of eight spots this week in the WBCA DII Women’s Coaches’ Poll to No. 22 after suffering its third loss of the season last Thursday. The Lady Buffs fell 66-61 last Thursday on the road to MSU Texas. WT rebounded on Saturday with an impressive second half to defeat Cameron 95-78 in Lawton, Okla. The Lady Buffs are 17-3 overall this season and 9-3 in the Lone Star Conference.
Angelo State moved up one spot this week to No. 19 after two nice wins at home last week. The Belles earned a hard fought 63-60 win over Tarleton State last Thursday night. ASU scored a convincing 84-70 win over Texas A&M-Commerce last Saturday afternoon. The Belles are currently 16-2 overall on the season and own a two-game lead in the LSC with an impressive 11-1 conference record.
Lubbock Christian re-entered the WBCA poll this week at No. 24 following two wins at home last week. The Lady Chaps have been playing outstanding basketball of late as they own an 11-game win streak. LCU defeated Newman 66-58 last Thursday and then took full control of the Heartland Conference with a dominating 73-55 win over St. Mary’s on Saturday afternoon. The Lady Chaps are 18-4 overall this season and a perfect 8-0 in conference.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
Bobbi Chitsey, Lubbock Christian, Forward, Sr., Wall, Texas
Lubbock Christian University improved to 8-0 in Heartland Conference play and extended its Heartland Conference win streak to 26 games with home wins over Newman and St. Mary's this week behind the play of Bobbi Chitsey, who led LCU with 15.5 points per game. She knocked down a career-high four 3-pointers and led four Lady Chaparrals in double figures with 20 points Thursday against Newman. Chitsey was 7-of-9 from the field in her 20-point performance. The senior was 5-of-5 from the field in the first half with 14 points, converting on all four of her 3-point attempts in the half. Along with a 4-for-5 shooting performance from beyond the arc, she also had a game-high six rebounds, two blocks and co-led the game in assists (4). LCU shot a season-high 59.6 percent Saturday over StMU, with Bobbi Chitsey providing 11 points (nine in the second half). Her weekly totals included a .647 shooting percentage (11-of-17), with a a 6-of-11 (.545) shooting performance from 3-point range. This is Chitsey’s first player of the week award this season.
Lone Star Conference:
Chelcie Kizart, Midwestern State University, SR, Pre-Physical Therapy, Guard, St. Paul, Minn., St. Paul Central HS
Kizart guided Midwestern State to a weekend sweep of 14th-ranked West Texas A&M and Eastern New Mexico, averaging 17.0 points per game on 43.5 percent shooting, including a 40.0 percent clip from beyond the arc. The senior averaged 4.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.5 steals. Kizart logged her third-straight game with at least 15 points in the win over the No. 14 Lady Buffs. She shot 5-of-9 from the floor, going 2-for-3 from downtown, to finish with 15 points in the upset. Kizart handed out four assists and pulled down four rebounds. In Saturday's win over the Greyhounds, the St. Paul, Minn., native scored a career-best 19, hitting 7-of-8 from the charity stripe and burying a pair of 3-pointers. She again distributed four assists, eclipsing 100 in her career. Kizart moved into a tie with Hannah Reynolds as the team's leading scorer and sits 19th in the LSC scoring race.
Hannah Reynolds, Midwestern State University, SO, Health Science, Forward, Prosper, Texas, Prosper HS
Reynolds helped Midwestern State to a 2-0 week with wins over No. 14 West Texas A&M and Eastern New Mexico by averaging 9.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 blocks in the 2-0 week. Reynolds anchored a defensive unit that forced No. 14 West Texas A&M into a season-high 24 turnovers and season-low 61 points. The Prosper native put up eight points, grabbed three rebounds and recorded a block for the 14th-consecutive game. Reynolds notched her third double-double in the last six games and matched a career-best 13 rebounds in the win over the Greyhounds. The star sophomore poured in 11 points and pulled down 10 defensive rebounds while handing out three assists and rejecting two shots. Reynolds leads the LSC in blocks per game with 2.5.
AROUND THE CONFERENCE:
Angelo State – Won vs Tarleton State 63-60; Won vs Texas A&M-Commerce 84-70
Lubbock Christian – Won vs Newman 66-58; Won vs St. Mary’s 73-55
Midwestern State – Won vs West Texas A&M 66-61; Won vs Eastern New Mexico 75-71
St. Edward’s – Lost at St. Mary’s 56-37; Won vs Texas A&M International 62-41
St. Mary’s – Won vs St. Edward’s 56-37; Lost at Lubbock Christian 73-55
Tarleton State – Lost at Angelo State 63-60; Won at Texas A&M-Kingsville 84-55
Texas A&M-Commerce – Won at Texas A&M-Kingsville 91-57; Lost at Angelo State 84-70
Texas A&M International – Lost at St. Edward’s 62-41
Texas A&M-Kingsville – Lost vs Texas A&M-Commerce 91-57; Lost vs Tarleton State 84-55
Texas Woman’s – Won at UT Permian Basin 62-59; Won at Western New Mexico 76-58
UT Permian Basin – Lost vs Texas Woman’s 62-59
West Texas A&M – Lost at MSU Texas 66-61; Won at Cameron 95-78
GAMES TO WATCH:
Texas A&M-Kingsville at Texas Woman’s Thursday at 7 p.m.
MSU Texas at Tarleton State Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
St. Edward’s at Oklahoma Christian Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
MSU Texas at Texas A&M-Commerce Saturday at 2 p.m.
St. Edward’s at Newman Saturday at 1 p.m.
IN THE RANKINGS:
Mary Hardin-Baylor suffered its second loss of the season and first American Southwest Conference loss 61-59 on the road to rival Hardin-Simmons last Saturday. The loss dropped the Cru three spots to No. 9 in this week’s d3hoops.com Women’s Top 25. UMHB won its Thursday game last week as they defeated McMurry 88-57 on the road. The Cru are 20-2 overall and 12-1 in the ASC this season.
East Texas Baptist moved up one spot to No. 14 this week after they extended its current win streak to seven games with two wins last week. ETBU defeated Ozarks 80-56 at home last Thursday and then won 68-58 hosting UT Tyler on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers are an impressive 19-2 this season and 11-2 in the ASC with four games left in the regular season.
UT Dallas moved up another two spots this week to No. 19 after two wins at home last week. The Comets have won eight straight games as they enter the final two weeks of the regular season. Last week UTD defeated Louisiana College 77-40 on Thursday and scored a dominating 92-52 win over Belhaven on Saturday. The Comets are 17-4 overall on the season and 11-2 in the ASC.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
American Southwest Conference:
EAST DIVISION PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Victoria Pena, Jr., G, UT Dallas
UT Dallas junior guard Victoria Pena (Helotes, Texas) repeated as Player of the Week and earned her sixth of her career by helping the No. 21/21 Comets extend their winning streak to eight straight games. She posted 24 points along with three rebounds, three assists and five steals Thursday night in their 77-40 win over Louisiana College. She followed with 17 points and five assists Saturday in a 92-52 win against Belhaven.
WEST DIVISION PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Keilee Burke, Fr., F, Hardin-Simmons
Hardin-Simmons freshman forward Keilee Burke (Belton, Texas) repeats as the West Division Player of the Week after leading the Cowgirls with a pair of double-doubles, averaging 13.5 points and 16.5 rebounds per game. She tied her season-high 17 points and added a career-best 20 boards in a 71-51 win over Concordia Texas. She then had 10 points and 13 rebounds in a 61-59 victory against No. 6/8 Mary Hardin-Baylor, handing the Cru their first conference loss of the season. This is Burke’s second career Player of the Week award of the year.
Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference:
ABBY HOLLAND OF TRINITY UNIVERSITY, a junior forward from Georgetown, Texas, has been named the SCAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for games played from Monday, January 28 through February 3.
Holland led the Tigers to three home wins in SCAC play last week, highlighted by Friday’s win over Austin College that put Trinity alone in first place in the league standings. The forward led all players last week in points (22.3), shooting percentage, (65.0 percent) and steals (5.0). Her best game came in the showdown with Austin College, tallying 26 points, 12 rebounds, and six steals to set or tie her career-best marks in all three categories. Holland connected on 8-of-14 from the field, which included a perfect 2-for-2 from 3-point range. In addition, she converted on 80 percent (8-of-10) from the free throw line. The Texas native also became the 18th player in Trinity women’s basketball history to reach 1,000 career points.
AROUND THE CONFERENCE:
Austin College – Won vs Dallas 80-41; Lost at Trinity 67-57; Won at Schreiner 70-41
Concordia Texas – Lost at Hardin-Simmons 71-51; Lost at McMurry 71-57
Dallas – Lost at Austin College 80-41; Won vs Southwestern Adventist 51-36
East Texas Baptist – Won vs Ozarks 80-56; Won vs UT Tyler 68-58
Hardin-Simmons – Won vs Concordia Texas 71-51; Won vs Mary Hardin-Baylor 61-59
Howard Payne – Won at Sul Ross State 65-60
LeTourneau – Lost vs UT Tyler 69-46; Lost vs Ozarks 54-40
Mary Hardin-Baylor – Won at McMurry 88-57; Lost at Hardin-Simmons 61-59
McMurry – Lost vs Mary Hardin-Baylor 88-57; Won vs Concordia Texas 71-57
Schreiner – Lost at Trinity 98-47; Won vs Centenary (La.) 62-58; Lost vs Austin College 70-41
Southwestern (Tex.) – Lost at Colorado College 77-67; Won at JWU (Denver) 60-46
Sul Ross State – Lost vs Howard Payne 65-60
Texas Lutheran – Won at JWU (Denver) 66-54; Won at Colorado College 75-39
Trinity (Tex.) – Won vs Schreiner 98-47; Won vs Austin College 67-57; Won vs Centenary (La) 75-52
UT Dallas – Won vs Louisiana College 77-40; Won vs Belhaven 92-52
UT Tyler – Won at LeTourneau 69-46; Lost at East Texas Baptist 68-58
GAMES TO WATCH:
McMurry at Howard Payne Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
Schreiner at Dallas Saturday at 4 p.m.
Southwestern at Trinity Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
Colorado College at Austin College Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
UT Tyler 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.