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ASC Tournament Preview: UT-Tyler, LETU and ETBU have a shot to win it all

ASC Tournament Preview: UT-Tyler, LETU and ETBU have a shot to win it all
KETK
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Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 11:30pm

The 2014 American Southwest Conference Championship Tournament is the 16th postseason event in league history dating back to 1999.

The winner of the Championship earns an automatic berth in the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship.

The tournament will tip off at Noon on Friday, Feb. 28 at UT-Tyler as No. 3 Mary Hardin-Baylor takes on No. 6 Ozarks, followed by No. 2 Texas-Dallas facing No. 7 Concordia Texas at 2:30 p.m. In the evening, No. 4 Howard Payne will face No. 5 Louisiana College at 5:00 p.m. and No. 1 Texas-Tyler will play the late game at 7:30 p.m. against No. 8 LeTourneau.

The ASC Championship semifinals will be played on Saturday, March 1. Game five will tip at 1:00 p.m. and game six is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. start time. The championship game will start at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 2.

Three of the teams in the 2014 ASC Championship have won tournament titles. Texas-Dallas (2013), Louisiana College (2010) and Concordia Texas (2012) have each hoisted the trophy since 2010. Six teams have won the championship on their home court with the most recent coming in 2011 when Howard Payne won its fifth ASC Championship.

The entire eight-team, single elimination event will be available for fans to watch online for free. All links tournament links for live stats, broadcasts, box scores, game recaps, bracket, photos and post-game interviews can be found on the ASC Tournament Central page and Texas-Tyler athletic website.

Admission prices each day will be $5 for adults and $3 for students. Children 12 and under are admitted free. No complimentary pass lists will be accepted. Souvenir tournament T-shirts will be available for $15, while official game programs will be free. To purchase tournament tickets in advance call the Texas-Tyler ticket office 903-566-7105. Tickets are also available on game days at the Herrington Patriot Center entrance.

The NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship Selection Show unveiling the 64-team championship field airs live on Monday, March 3 at 1:30 p.m. CT. Go to NCAA.com, Select Video > Live Events and scroll to Monday, March 3 for the live video link.

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The 2014 ASC Championship Tournament Teams

No. 1 Texas-Tyler (22-3) – Texas-Tyler will host its first Championship since 2008 and second overall. The Patriots, who set a team record in conference and overall wins, are one of just three ASC teams to reach the 20-win mark in league play. Texas-Tyler has a 1-3 tournament record and makes its second consecutive ASC Tournament appearance and fourth overall. Junior Brittany King, an all-tournament selection in 2013, returns to lead the Patriots run for their first ASC Tournament title. Ranked first in the league in rebounds (10.1) and sixth in scoring (17), King is the only player in the conference to average a double-double. Senior guard Danai Woods leads the league in assists (128) and senior She'Cara Humphrey ranks fifth in field goal percentage (.530) and seventh in scoring (15.3).

No. 2 Texas-Dallas (20-5) – The defending ASC tournament champion, Texas-Dallas returns with hopes of repeating last year's title run and a return trip to the NCAA Division III tournament. Texas-Dallas is 5-6 in tournament play and makes its eighth consecutive tournament appearance. The Comets have won 20 or more games overall in each of the last four seasons and are now just one win shy of the program record. Senior Morgan Kilgore, the 2013 ASC Tournament MVP, leads the team in scoring (17.8) and field goal percentage (.572), both ranked third in the ASC. In 2014 Kilgore moved into fifth place on the Comets' career scoring list (832) in just two seasons with the program. She is also just 25 points away from breaking the UTD single-season points record of 475. Junior guard Christina Brosnahan ranks second in three-point field goal percentage (.412) and junior guard Madi Hess is fifth in league assists (3.7).

No. 3 Mary Hardin-Baylor (16-9) – The Cru makes their second consecutive tournament appearance and 10th overall. Mary Hardin-Baylor has a 6-9 tournament record and has played in two championship games, the most recent in 2006. The Cru women finished the regular season at 16-9, matching their best regular season record since going 16-9 in 2011. As a team, the Cru leads the NCAA Division III in rebounding margin (+15.5). Playing without the team's leading scorer and rebounder, junior forward Taylor Tucker, the Cru will lean on junior guards Macy Moore and Alyssa Dean and senior center Jovana Miles to lead the team in the tournament. Each player ranks in the top 15 in league scoring with Miles' .607 field goal percentage leads the ASC and 8.6 rebounding average ranked fourth.

No. 4 Howard Payne (16-9) – Howard Payne will enter the tournament as the No. 4 seed. A five-time ASC champion, the Lady Jackets lead the league with a 19-6 tournament record and 12 postseason appearances. The Lady Jackets set the record for the most wins in conference (21-0) and overall wins (33-0) in 2008 when they won the NCAA Division III Championship. Sophomore guard Danyel Bradley led the ASC with 500 overall points and 20 points per game. Earlier in the season, Bradley became the first player in league history to knock down a perfect 7-of-7 from behind the arc in a win over Louisiana College (Feb. 15). Junior center Kalin Hanna set a new ASC record for block shots in a season with 84. Her seven blocks against East Texas Baptist (Feb. 22) pushed her past Lindsey Newcombe of Hardin-Simmons, who had 83 in 28 games in 2009.

No. 5 Louisiana College (15-10) – Louisiana College is the No. 5 seed and makes its seventh consecutive tournament appearance and eighth overall. The Lady Wildcats have played in the last three ASC Championship finals and appeared in the last two NCAA Division III tournaments. LC is 9-6 in tournament play and won the ASC title in 2010. Junior guard Neka Jones leads the LC offense with a league-leading 73 treys, which also ranks fourth in NCAA Division III. Junior guard Skylar Chenevert leads the league in steals (80) and junior forward/center Kaci Willis ranks fifth in rebounds (8.5).

No. 6 Ozarks (10-15) – Ozarks claimed the No. 6 seed and makes its seventh tournament appearance and first since 2012. The Lady Eagles have a 3-2 tournament record and reached the championship game in 2002. Senior forward Kindra Davis and junior forward Taylor Farmer will lead the Lady Eagles run for their first ASC title. Davis ranks second in the league in rebounds (9.0) and fourth in field goal percentage (.563). Farmer is third in blocks (1.8) and ninth in league scoring (15).

No. 7 Concordia Texas (11-14) – Concordia Texas secured the No. 7 seed in the regular-season finale victory over Hardin-Simmons. The Tornados have a 3-2 tournament record and make their third consecutive tournament appearance and fourth overall. Concordia won the 2012 ASC title advancing to their first NCAA Division III tournament. The Tornados are led by senior guards Tyler Compton, Margaret Milling and junior center Dominique Liddell. Each player ranks in the top five in the ASC. Compton ranks third in assists (4.0), and fourth in scoring (17.5). Milling is second in steals (3.0) and her six steals against HSU set the school's all-time record with 324 career swipes. Liddell leads the team's defensive efforts with 1.7 blocks per game, ranked fourth in the ASC.

No. 8 LeTourneau (11-14) – LeTourneau has qualified for the ASC Tournament for only the second time in program history. The YellowJackets are 0-1 in tournament play and made their first appearance in 2003. LeTourneau snapped a five-game skid and win four of its last five games to qualify for the ASC tournament. Senior guard Jessica Manas has played in 100 games in her four-year career. She ranks among the top ten in 3-point field goals made and assists in school history. Senior center Julencia Curtis has played in 92 games in her four-year career. She ranks second all-time in program history in blocked shots, fifth in career rebounds and field-goal percentage.

The men's tournament will tip off at Noon on Friday, Feb. 28 as No. 3 Mary Hardin-Baylor takes on No. 6 Louisiana College, followed by No. 2 Hardin-Simmons facing No. 7 Sul Ross State at 2:30 p.m. In the evening, No. 4 Concordia Texas will face No. 5 Texas-Tyler at 5:00 p.m. and No. 1 Texas-Dallas will play the late game at 7:30 p.m. against No. 8 East Texas Baptist.

The ASC Championship semifinals will be played on Saturday, March 1. Game five will tip at 1:00 p.m. and game six is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. start time. The championship game will start at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 2.

Four of the teams in the 2014 ASC Championship have won tournament titles. Texas-Dallas (2005, 2009) and Mary Hardin-Baylor (2008, 2010) has each won two trophies while Concordia Texas (2013) and Sul Ross State (2004) have one each. Six teams have won the championship on their home court with the most recent coming in 2010 when UMHB last hoisted the trophy.

The entire eight-team, single elimination event is available for fans to watch online for free. All tournament links for live stats, broadcasts, box scores, game recaps, bracket, photos and post-game interviews can be found on the ASC Tournament Central page and the Texas-Dallas athletic website.

Admission prices each day will be $8 for adults and $5 for students. Children five and under are admitted free. An all-tournament pass is $15. No complimentary pass lists will be accepted. Tickets are available on game days at the UTD Activity Center entrance. Souvenir tournament T-shirts will be available for $20, while official game programs will be free.

The NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship Selection Show unveiling the 62-team championship field airs live on Monday, March 3 at 11:30 a.m. CT. Go to NCAA.com, Select Video > Live Events and scroll to Monday, March 3 for the live video link.

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The 2014 ASC Championship Tournament Teams

No. 1 Texas-Dallas (22-3) – The Comets locked up the No. 1 seed after claiming the league regular season title. UTD will host the Championship for the second consecutive season and fourth time overall. The Comets set a team record with 20 conference wins to join a short list as one of just three ASC teams to reach the 20-win mark in league play. Texas-Dallas has an 11-8 tournament record and have played in the last 11 consecutive ASC tournaments. The Comets won the Championship in 2005 and again on their home floor in 2009. Senior forward Kyle Schleigh, a returning all-tournament selection, recorded the Comets' first-ever triple-double this season (Jan. 2, 2014) and is the first player in the ASC since Keith Darden of Concordia Texas (Feb. 5, 2005) to record a triple-double. He is also currently one of just three players in NCAA Division III with a triple-double this season. In 2014 Schleigh moved into sixth place all-time on the ASC scoring list with 1,652 career points. Schleigh is also fourth on the ASC's rebounding list with 857 career boards and can potentially become the first player in ASC history to record 1,700 points and 900 rebounds.

No. 2 Hardin-Simmons (17-8) – The Cowboys won 11 of their last 12 games to claim the No. 2 seed. Hardin-Simmons makes its fourth consecutive league tournament appearance and seventh overall. The Cowboys have an 8-6 tournament record and played in the championship game in 2012. The Cowboys are led by junior forward Derrick Jefferson, senior guard Charles Sams and junior center Mawen Maywin. Jefferson ranks in the top 10 in four league categories including fourth in steals (2.4) and fifth in scoring (18). Sams ranks 17th in NCAA Division III with 76 three-pointers, and Maywin ranks 11th in DIII with 69 total blocks.

No. 3 Mary Hardin-Baylor (17-8) – The Cru enters the ASC tournament riding an eight-game win streak including their most recent victory in an upset of No. 17 Texas-Dallas in the final game of the regular season. Mary Hardin-Baylor has a 14-11 tournament record, played in two of the last three ASC Championship games and was the NCAA Division III National Runner-Up a year ago. UMHB makes its 11th straight tournament appearance and 14th overall. Senior guard James Allen, a returning all-tournament selection, leads the Cru in scoring (18.4), ranked fourth in the ASC. Junior forward Jerard Graham ranks second in the league in overall rebounds (229) and is 10th in scoring (15.7).

No. 4 Concordia Texas (16-9) – The defending ASC tournament champion, Concordia Texas returns with hopes of repeating last year's title run and a return trip to the NCAA Division III tournament. The Tornados played in their first NCAA DIII tournament last season advancing to the second round. Concordia returns two all-tournament selections from last year's championship team; senior forward Dwayne Patterson and junior guard Josh Sanchez, the tournament MVP. Sanchez (20.4) and Patterson (19.6) rank second and third respectively, in conference scoring and are the league's top scoring duo combining for more than 900 total points. The Tornados are 5-5 in tournament play and enter their second consecutive ASC tournament and seventh overall.

No. 5 Texas-Tyler (14-11) – Texas-Tyler enters the ASC tournament as the No. 5 seed. The Patriots make their sixth tournament appearance in the last seven years and are 0-5 in tournament play. Head coach Jamon Copeland finished with 14 regular season wins, tying him for the most of a first-year Texas-Tyler coach. The Patriots are led by senior forward Travis Dykman and senior guard Bryce Kemp. Dykman leads the team in scoring (15.1); ranked 15th in the ASC and Kemp leads the league in steals (65) and is fourth in three-point field goal percentage (.441).

No. 6 Louisiana College (11-13) – The Wildcats are the No. 6 seed and make their third ASC tournament appearance. Louisiana College is led by sophomore forward Anthony Gaines Jr., sophomore point guard Kevin Cottonham and freshman forward Raheem Regis. Gaines ranks second in the ASC in blocks (1.5) and eighth in scoring (16.3). Cottonham ranks second in assists (119) and Regis leads the league in field goal percentage (.658). The Wildcats are 0-2 in tournament play.

No. 7 Sul Ross State (11-14) – The Lobos enter the tournament as the No. 7 seed and make their first postseason appearance since 2010, and seventh overall. Sul Ross State has a 3-5 tournament record and won the title in 2004. The Lobos are led by senior guard Mychal Pinson and junior forward Percy Settle. Pinson ranks fifth in the league in three-point field goals (54) and sixth in scoring (17.8). Settle is ninth in rebounds (7.4) and ranks 16th in scoring (15.0).

No. 8 East Texas Baptist (11-14) – The Tigers won their last three games of the regular season and enter the tournament as the No. 8 seed. ETBU has a 1-7 tournament record and makes its eighth tournament appearance, including four in the last five years. The Tigers are led by sophomore center Jamil Samuel, freshman guard Dylan Augustine and junior guard Erby Thompson. Samuel ranks second in the league in blocks (48), Augustine leads the ASC in three-point field goal percentage (.495) and Thompson leads ETBU in scoring (12.0) and is tied for first in the league in free throw percentage (.865).

LeTourneau (4-18, 5-20) – After an ASC tournament appearance in 2013, LeTourneau fell short of making its second consecutive tournament. Senior forward Justin Jones ended his career with the YellowJackets with 18 double-double performances including 13 this season. He scored a career-best 32 points last Thursday against Howard Payne. He played in 51 games in the last two seasons in the blue and yellow, where he scored 717 points, made 51.1 percent of his shots from the field and grabbed 450 rebounds for an average of nine boards a contest. Jones was the only ASC player to average a double-double this season.

 

 

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