Mountaineer Update

from Ron Macosko, Athletic Director     
January 17, 2012

Welcome back, Schreiner students and faculty. Happy New Year to the entire SU community! We've missed you and are glad you are all back.

Before I go into the reports on our teams, I want to recognize our student-athletes for an unprecedented Fall, 2011 grade report. Schreiner Athletics set many "records" this semester for academic success, including highest number of student-athletes achieving a 3.00 or better (107), highest percentage of student-athletes earning a 3.00 or better (51%) and highest fall semester GPA (2.90). Traditionally, the fall semester is our weaker semester because freshmen tend to struggle a bit more in their first semester of college. If the trend continues and the spring is better yet, we are going to be reporting exciting news again this summer. Congratulations to all of our student-athlete achievers!

While most of us had a holiday break of varying lengths of time over the past five weeks or so, the Schreiner Basketball teams have continued to stay busy – and successful. Since the beginning of finals week, our women's team has gone 4-5 overall and moved itself up to fifth place in the ASC West Division - just one spot out of the playoffs. The men's team did even better, going 7-2 over that span and vaulting all the way up to third place in the ASC West. To say that both programs are really improving (again) in 2011-12 is an understatement and a great sign for the future. Both teams are still very young but are showing signs of maturity and consistency that bodes well – if it continues - for the rest of the season.

Over the break, our Mountaineer teams have played in front of small, but lively home crowds because of the break. With everyone back, this is a great week to get reconnected with your SU teams as both teams have home doubleheaders on Thursday evening (vs. Sul Ross State) and on Saturday afternoon (vs. Howard Payne). With the contending positions that our teams are now in, games like these take on even more importance so your support is particularly valuable and appreciated.

Here's a quick rundown on what you've missed during break and a schedule of the week ahead:

MEN'S BASKETBALL: went into finals with a home win over TLU and backed that up with a win over Ozarks. After finals, went on the road and again toppled Texas Lutheran and then got a big home win over ASC East Division leader UT-Dallas. Just after New Year's, went on the road and cruised to a win over University of Dallas (non-conference). SU's five game win streak was snapped at UT-Tyler but the team bounced back with dominating road win at LeTourneau. The team returned home for the first time in '12 and lost to undefeated and #8-ranked UMHB but bounced back again with a huge road win last Saturday at Concordia-TX in a battle for third place. CTX had beaten SU eight straight times before Saturday. In that game, freshman Travis Pflughaupt broke the ASC record for rebounds in a game with 24 and scored 17 points. Sophomore AJ Myres had 21 points and backcourt running mate Darren Smith scored 19. Freshman Stevan Guerrero continues to improve in all facets and added 13 points.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: over that same span, SU started with a home loss to Texas Lutheran but recovered with a key win vs. Ozarks. The team lost to the ASC East Division leading UT-D Comets but then won at U of Dallas. SU started 2012 by going on the road and got a huge payback at TLU by winning in Seguin. Road losses at UT-Tyler and LeTourneau set up a big home game against UMHB which the Mountaineers won before falling at ASC West Division leader Concordia on Saturday. In Thursday's win, sophomores Olivia Swarner and Bailey Harris had their best games since the very beginning of the season. Swarner had 20 points and 14 rebounds while Harris had 19 points including 12-for-12 from the free throw line. Freshman Karisa Cantu had 11 points.

The schedule for the week ahead:

Thursday, 1/19:
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL vs. Sul Ross State * (Edington Center) at 5:30 pm
MEN'S BASKETBALL vs. Sul Ross State * (Edington Center) at 7:30 pm

Saturday, 1/21:
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL vs. Howard Payne * (Edington Center) at 1:00 pm
MEN'S BASKETBALL vs. Howard Payne * (Edington Center) at 3:00 pm

It's been a long time since Schreiner has seen its basketball teams in the position they are now. We hope you'll be there to cheer on your Mountaineers on Thursday and Saturday.

Go Mountaineers!!!

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