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UMHB Picked to Win ASC Men’s Hoops Crown

RICHARDSON, Texas – Mary Hardin-Baylor has been picked to win the 2021-22 American Southwest Conference men’s basketball title, following a vote of the league’s head coaches and directors of sports information, the ASC office announced Thursday. 

Mary Hardin-Baylor (16-4, 13-0 ASC) received 237 points with 19 of 22 first-place votes after winning the West Division last season. 

Hardin-Simmons (16-8, 10-5 ASC) was second with 211 points and two first-place votes. The Cowboys advanced to ASC Championship Tournament Semifinals in the spring.

They picked UT Dallas (9-5, 7-4 ASC) to finish third with 182 points and one first-place vote. They were followed by East Texas Baptist (14-8, 7-5 ASC) and defending ASC champion Ozarks (10-3, 7-3 ASC). Rounding out the poll were LeTourneau (7-4, 5-3 ASC); Concordia Texas (5-6, 4-6 ASC); Sul Ross State (9-12, 7-8 ASC); McMurry (4-15, 4-11 ASC); Belhaven (4-13, 2-12 ASC); and Howard Payne (0-18, 0-14 ASC). 

The 2021-22 ASC Men’s Basketball Watch List comprises 32 players nominated by the head coaches and includes one all-conference selection, 20 all-division recipients, and six individual award winners. 

The 2021-22 season marks the 26th in league history. Regular season play begins Friday, November 5. 

The three-day, eight-team, single-elimination conference tournament is February 24-26 at the site of the No. 1 seed. Again, an automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Championship will be on the line.

Wilson is the official basketball of the American Southwest Conference and its 11 members. 

ASC Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll

No. Team (First-place votes) Pts. 2020-21 Record (ASC)
1. Mary Hardin-Baylor (19) 237 16-4 (13-0)
2. Hardin-Simmons (2) 211 16-8 (10-5)
3. UT Dallas (1) 182 9-5 (7-4)
4. East Texas Baptist 162 14-8 (7-5)
5. Ozarks 159 10-3 (7-3)
6. LeTourneau 135 7-4 (5-3)
7. Concordia Texas 113 5-6 (4-6)
8. Sul Ross State 111 9-12 (7-8)
9. McMurry 77 4-15 (4-11)
10. Belhaven 56 4-13 (2-12)
11. Howard Payne 24 0-18 (0-14)

ASC Men’s Basketball Preseason Watch List

Name Pos. Class School Hometown
Luke Couch  2 G Jr. Belhaven Vestavia Hills, Ala.
Matthew McMillan H G Jr. Belhaven Martin, Tenn.
Martavin McWilliams G So. Belhaven Raymond, Miss.
Luis Gonzalez H G Jr. Concordia Texas Carolina, P.R.
Trevon Hester H G Jr. Concordia Texas North Richland Hills, Texas
Antoine Henderson 2 F Jr. Concordia Texas Bryan, Texas
Charlie Cochran 2 F Jr. East Texas Baptist Louisville, Ky.
Aaron Gregg H G Jr. East Texas Baptist Austin, Texas
Chris Haynes F Sr. East Texas Baptist Houston, Texas
Steven Quinn 1 F Sr. Hardin-Simmons Dallas, Texas
Chase Cobb H G Sr. Hardin-Simmons Houston, Texas
Aidan Walsh 1 G Jr. Hardin-Simmons Katy, Texas
Michael House R G Jr. Howard Payne Killeen, Texas
Myles Brown G Jr. Howard Payne Houston, Texas
Jaylan Ballou G Sr. Howard Payne Port Arthur, Texas
Deonte Jackson F 1 R G F. LeTourneau Nacogdoches, Texas
Andrew Eberhardt 2 G Jr. LeTourneau Pearland, Texas
Kyle Matthews D F Jr. LeTourneau Pearland, Texas
Josiah Johnson * Y 1 D G Jr. Mary Hardin-Baylor Big Sandy, Texas
Ty Prince N 1 F Sr. Mary Hardin-Baylor Thorndale, Texas
Carson Hammond G Sr. Mary Hardin-Baylor Belton, Texas
Remy Minor 2 G Sr. McMurry Chicago, Ill.
Michael Imariagbe F D R H F So. McMurry Houston, Texas
CJ LeBlanc G So. McMurry Dallas, Texas
Grayson Nix G Sr. Ozarks Red Oak, Okla.
Zach Byrd N H F Sr. Ozarks West Memphis, Ark.
Logan Dixon 2 F Sr. Sul Ross State Burleson, Texas
Julian Paredes 2 F Sr. Sul Ross State El Paso, Texas
Jake Lopez H G Sr. Sul Ross State El Paso, Texas
Kameron Pruitt F R F Fr. UT Dallas Heath, Texas
Hunter Stevens G So. UT Dallas Leander, Texas
Donovan Souter G Jr. UT Dallas Frisco, Texas

* 2020-21 All-American Southwest Conference
Y 2020-21 Division Player of the Year
F 2020-21 Division Freshman of the Year
N 2020-21 Division Newcomer of the Year
1 2020-21 All-Division First Team Selection
2 2020-21 All-Division Second Team Selection
R 2020-21 Division All-Freshman Team
D 2020-21 Division All-Defensive Team
H 2020-21 All-Division Honorable Mention

ETBU Selected to Claim Women’s Basketball Title

RICHARDSON, Texas – The ASC office announced Wednesday that they had picked East Texas Baptist to win the 2021-22 American Southwest Conference women’s basketball title, following a vote of the league’s head coaches and directors of sports information. 

East Texas Baptist (25-1, 15-0 ASC) received 233 points and 17 of 22 first-place votes to lead the league. The Tigers ranked No. 2 in the D3hoops.com Preseason Top 25; lone loss came in the ASC Championship Finals last year. 

UT Dallas (14-3, 9-2 ASC) runners-up with 207 points and three first-place votes. The Comets advanced to the ASC Championship Semifinals a year ago but bowed out due to COVID. 

2021 West Division champion Hardin-Simmons (16-5, 11-3 ASC) were picked third with 206 points and one first-place vote. They were followed by defending ASC champion Mary Hardin-Baylor (13-8, 7-7 ASC). 

Rounding out the poll are LeTourneau (12-6, 8-4 ASC); Sul Ross State (10-14, 7-5 ASC); Howard Payne (10-7, 6-3 ASC); Concordia Texas (2-8, 2-8 ASC); Belhaven (6-12, 3-9 ASC); McMurry (2-16, 2-12 ASC); and Ozarks (1-14, 1-14 ASC).

The 2021-22 ASC Women’s Basketball Watch List comprises 32 players nominated by the head coaches and features all two all-conference selections from last season, 18 all-division recipients, and six individual award winners. 

The 2021-22 season marks the 26th in league history. Regular season play begins Friday, November 5. 

The three-day, eight-team, single-elimination conference tournament is February 24-26 at the site of the No. 1 seed. Again, an automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship will be on the line.

Wilson is the official basketball of the American Southwest Conference and its 11 members.

ASC Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll

No. Team (First-place votes) Pts.   2020-21 Record (ASC)
1. East Texas Baptist (17) 233 25-1 (15-0)
2. UT Dallas (3) 207 14-3 (9-2)
3. Hardin-Simmons (1) 206 16-5 (11-3)
4. Mary Hardin-Baylor (1) 174 13-8 (7-7)
5. LeTourneau 143 12-6 (8-4)
6. Sul Ross State 121 10-14 (7-5)
7. Howard Payne 117 10-7 (6-3)
8. Concordia Texas 92 2-8 (2-8)
9. Belhaven 67 6-12 (3-9)
10. McMurry 54 2-16 (2-12)
11. Ozarks 35 1-14 (1-14)

ASC Women’s Basketball Preseason Watch List

Name Pos. Class School Hometown
Kourtne Lee R G So. Belhaven Raceland, La.
Ashanti Lipscomb G So. Belhaven Mobile, Ala.
Madi Maxwell 1 G Jr. Concordia Texas Wichita Falls, Texas
Natalie Velardez F Jr. Concordia Texas Levelland, Texas
Havyn Perez G Jr. Concordia Texas Seminole, Texas
Taylor Singleton P 1 D G Sr. East Texas Baptist Friendswood, Texas
Haley Fieseler C Gr. East Texas Baptist Mount Pleasant, Texas
Bridget Upton N 2 G Sr. East Texas Baptist George West, Texas
Parris Parmer 2 D F Jr. Hardin-Simmons San Angelo, Texas
Brittany Schnabel 2 G Jr. Hardin-Simmons Millsap, Texas
Hallie Edmondson 2 G Jr. Hardin-Simmons Roby, Texas
Salina Ali D H G Sr. Howard Payne San Antonio, Texas
Amanda Turpin F 2 R G So. Howard Payne Cypress, Texas
Bria Neal 2 G Jr. Howard Payne LaPlace, La.
Keauna Whitfield * 1 D G Sr. LeTourneau Rosebud, Texas
Ajanae Thomas N 1 F Jr. LeTourneau Detroit, Mich.
Malacia Guy H G Sr. LeTourneau Itasca, Texas
Ashley Faux R F So. Mary Hardin-Baylor Frisco, Texas
Kaitlyn Kollmorgen R C So. Mary Hardin-Baylor Houston, Texas
Olivia Champion G Jr. Mary Hardin-Baylor San Jose, Costa Rica
Destiny Mathews 1 F Jr. McMurry Palestine, Texas
Taya Bridges G Jr. McMurry Mesquite, Texas
Valery Alvarado G Jr. McMurry Abilene, Texas
Kerigan Bradshaw H G Sr. Ozarks Harrison, Ark.
Faith Curry G Jr. Ozarks The Bahamas
Stevie Perkins F Sr. Ozarks Wellston, Okla.
Vania Hampton * Y N 1 F Jr. Sul Ross State Austin, Texas
Alexis Carmosino H G/F Sr. Sul Ross State Phoenix, Ariz.
Teresa Quintana H G Jr. Sul Ross State El Paso, Texas
Paris Kiser H G So. UT Dallas Burnet, Texas
McKenzie Howard F R C Fr. UT Dallas Katy, Texas
Jordan Maxwell D G So. UT Dallas El Paso, Texas

* 2020-21 All-American Southwest Conference
Y 2020-21 Division Player of the Year
F 2020-21 Division Freshman of the Year
N 2020-21 Division Newcomer of the Year
P 2020-21 Division Defensive Player of the Year
1 2020-21 All-Division First Team Selection
2 2020-21 All-Division Second Team Selection
R 2020-21 Division All-Freshman Team
D 2020-21 Division All-Defensive Team
H 2020-21 All-Division Honorable Mention

Baucum Claims Fourth Golfer of the Week of the Season

AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE GOLFERS OF THE WEEK

Competitions: October 25-26

GOLFER OF THE WEEK: Andrew Baucum, Fr., Mary Hardin-Baylor

Mary Hardin-Baylor freshman Andrew Baucum (Rockwall, Texas) wrapped up the fall season by winning the ASC Preview at Nutcracker Golf Course in Granbury, Texas. He shot a -5, 71-68=139, tying teammate Harrison Jaeger. Baucum won the playoff hole to earn his fourth Golfer of the Week of the season.

Reid, Carter Named Volleyball Players of the Week

AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Matches: October 19-25, 2021

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Avery Reid, OH, Fr., East Texas Baptist

East Texas Baptist freshman outside hitter Avery Reid (Fulshear, Texas) led the Tigers to a 3-0 record, averaging 5.18 kills and 2.82 digs per and hitting .293. She posted a career-high 29 kills with 19 digs to win over Sul Ross State, and 20 kills at Howard Payne.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Cali Carter, L, Fr., Hardin-Simmons

Hardin-Simmons freshman libero Cali Carter (Stephenville, Texas) averaged 7.67 digs per set and had a school-record 49 digs in a five-set loss at No. 8 Mary Hardin-Baylor. She also posted 20 digs in a four-set loss to McMurry, coming up with 69 total on the week. In addition, Carter recorded 14 assists on the week. It is the third Player of the Week award of the season for Carter.

OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES

Offensive

McMurry sophomore outside hitter Kaylie Vasil (Midlothian, Texas) had back-to-back career highs with 18 kills, and 21 kills against No. 8 Mary Hardin-Baylor and Hardin-Simmons. She averaged 4.16 kills and hit .233 with 2.50 digs per set as the War Hawks went 1-2 on the week.

Mary Hardin-Baylor senior middle blocker Kayla Janikula (Kingwood, Texas) had 52 kills, averaging 3.06 per set while hitting .454 as the No. 8 Cru went 3-1 on the week. She had 12 kills with no errors in a four-set victory over McMurry.

Concordia Texas junior right-side Kylexus Block (San Antonio, Texas) registered double-digit kills in all three wins for the Tornados, averaging 3.69 per set. She had 11 kills, 12 digs in a four-set win over McMurry, and 20 kills and 12 digs against LeTourneau. Block ended the week with 14 kills and nine digs in a five-set win against UT-Dallas.

UT Dallas junior outside hitter/middle blocker Allison Owen (Murphy, Texas) averaged 4.10 kills and hit .370 as the Comets went 2-1 on the week. She had a career-high 27 kills in a five-set win at No. 8 Mary Hardin-Baylor, hitting .404. In a five-set road loss to Concordia, Texas, Owen also had 14 kills, seven digs, and four blocks.

Howard Payne junior outside hitter Mitsue Rodriguez (San Antonio, Texas) averaged 2.50 kills, and 3.5 digs per set at the Lady Jackets went 1-1 on the week. She led HPU with ten kills, three aces, and 14 digs in a four-set win against Belhaven.

Sul Ross State senior middle blocker/setter Annika Canaba (Alpine, Texas) posted two triple-doubles on the week and hit .333 while averaging 4.63 kills, 4.25 assists, and 2.86 digs in a 1-1 week. She had 23 kills, 24 assists, and 15 digs in a five-set loss to East Texas Baptist and 14 kills ten assists, and 18 digs in a sweep of Belhaven.

LeTourneau senior right-side Skylar Fowler (Spring, Texas) averaged 2.00 kills per set and hit .140 as the YellowJackets were 1-2 on the week.

Defensive

McMurry senior middle blocker Megan Martinez (El Paso, Texas) had a career-high nine blocks in a four-set win over Hardin-Simmons. She averaged 1.00 blocks, 0.83 digs, and 1.66 kills per set as the War Hawks went 1-2.

Mary Hardin-Baylor sophomore outside hitter Hannah Frasca (Spring, Texas) averaged 3.71 digs, and 3.53 kills per set as the No. 8 Cru went 3-1 on the week. She topped 20 digs in two matches and also posted ten blocks and six aces.

Concordia, Texas junior outside hitter Sarah Ghormley (Bastrop, Texas) had three straight double-doubles, leading the Tornados to a 3-0 week. She averaged 3.23 kills and 3.46 digs per set. Ghormley hit .351 with 16 kills and 14 digs in a four-set victory over McMurry, then had 12 kills and 14 digs against LeTourneau. She finished the week with 14 kills and 17 digs in a five-set win versus UT Dallas.

East Texas Baptist sophomore libero Lillie Hill (Schertz, Texas) produced back-to-back 20-plus dig matches as the Tigers went 3-0 on the week. She posted ten digs against Belhaven, 21 versus Sul Ross State, and 22 against Howard Payne, averaging 4.82 per set.

UT Dallas sophomore outside hitter Madison Ball (Maypearl, Texas) averaged 3.77 digs per set as the Comets went 2-1 on the week. In Friday’s five-set win at No. 8 Mary Hardin-Baylor, she collected 26 digs with eight kills and an ace. However, she closed the week with 14 digs in a five-set road loss at Concordia, Texas.

Howard Payne senior middle blocker Amaya Marshall (McKinney, Texas) averaged 1.14 blocks per set on the week, leading the Lady Jackets to a 1-1 record. She came up with five blocks and four kills in a four-set win over Belhaven and had three blocks and five kills to East Texas Baptist.

Sul Ross State freshman setter Kamrynn Caruth (El Paso, Texas) averaged 5.88 assists and 3.25 digs per set for the Lobos as they went 1-1. She had 29 assists and 19 digs in a five-set loss to East Texas Baptist and 18 assists and seven digs in a sweep of Belhaven.

LeTourneau senior right-side Natalie Connelly (Rowlett, Texas) averaged 1.55 blocks and 1.63 kills per set while hitting .244 as the YellowJackets went 1-2 on the week. She had nine blocks in a four-set win against Belhaven to go with ten kills. She also had six blocks at Concordia, Texas.