Mountaineer Update

from Ron Macosko, Athletic Director     
January 5, 2011

Happy New Year! Although the campus has been pretty quiet the past few weeks, our basketball teams have stayed busy and have had several strong showings over the break. Technically, the break continues as classes don't start for another week, but our basketball teams get right into the heart of ASC play this week with two home games each. I know most of the Schreiner community is still away from campus, but if you have a chance, our players would love to have you come to Edington Center Thursday evening and/or Saturday afternoon to cheer on our Mountaineers.

Before we get into a quick recap of the past few games, I want to take this opportunity to recognize a particularly strong showing by our SU student-athletes this past semester in the classroom. For the first time in school history, Schreiner had 100 student-athletes reach academic honors for the semester. We also had our highest departmental GPA. In short, it was a tremendous performance by a very sizeable percentage of our student-athletes and shows their commitment to academic success. Congratulations to all of our achievers!

As always, here's a quick look back at the recent results as well as a schedule for the week ahead:

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: went 3-2 over the break. Won at Ozarks, lost at Southwestern, beat both Pacific Lutheran and Worcester State and lost in 3 overtimes at Texas Lutheran. The win at Ozarks was the first road win since 2/7/08. The Mountaineers made dramatic improvements over the past month, significantly cutting down on turnovers and developing in inside game. As always, SU continues to play some of the best defense in the ASC. This combination led to dramatically improve results. Freshman Julissa Garrett continues to lead the team in scoring, but her assist/turnover ratio has dramatically improved as well. Freshman Kristy Guerra is second and had some huge free throws at the end of games to cement some of the wins. Junior Lia Phillips has been playing solid at both ends of the floor. Sophomore Olivia Swarner has made big steps forward and now gives SU scoring punch in the post. The team has many first year players making big contributions so it's no surprise that the team is gelling as the season goes along. Already, SU has as many wins in 2010-11 as the past two years combined.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: went 2-2 over break. Won at Ozarks, won big vs. University of Dallas, lost at NCAA Division II Dallas Baptist and lost at TLU. The Mountaineers have shown flashes of outstanding play, but continue to work on consistency. Against Dallas, SU won by 31 points. It's the first time since at least 2001 that SU has beaten an opponent by more than 20 points. Schreiner already has it's best start to a season since the 2003-04 season. The Mountaineers are 2-4 in the ASC but have several home games coming up to hopefully improve the record. Freshman Darren Smith continues to lead SU scoring and is tied for first in the conference in that category at 19 ppg. Senior Riley Battle is next at 13 ppg and junior Tyrie Prince is close behind at 12.5 ppg. Senior Charles Hobbs is averaging over 10 each night. SU is the fourth highest scoring team in the conference and leads the league in free throw shooting.

The schedule for the week ahead:

Thursday, 1/6/11:
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL vs. UT-Tyler * (Edington Center) at 5:30 pm
MEN'S BASKETBALL vs. UT-Tyler * (Edington Center) at 7:30 pm

Saturday, 1/8/11:
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL vs. LeTourneau * (Edington Center) at 1:00 pm
MEN'S BASKETBALL vs. LeTourneau * (Edington Center) at 3:00 pm

Thursday, 1/13/11:
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL at Mary Hardin-Baylor * (Belton, TX) at 5:30 pm
MEN'S BASKETBALL at Mary Hardin-Baylor * (Belton, TX) at 7:30 pm

* = American Southwest Conference games

Hope you can come out and support your teams.

Go Mountaineers!!!

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