Mountaineer Update
from Ron Macosko, Athletic Director
February 12, 2014

Our basketball teams returned from their last road trip of the year and now have their final three games at home (two this weekend).  For both teams, all of these games are very important so we hope you can come out and support our Mountaineers.   Both teams are in position for a high seed at the upcoming SCAC tournament so a lot rides on every game from here on out.  Creating that home court advantage could be key to our teams’ success.  Congratulations to SU WBKB for setting new records (NCAA era only) for overall wins and conference wins.  With one more win, they would become the winningest SU basketball team (men’s or women’s) since 1999.

Our nationally-ranked men’s and women’s golf teams begin their spring seasons  on Monday and Tuesday in Austin.  Women’s Tennis didn’t get to play their first match of the spring last weekend because of a forfeit by OLLU.  Therefore, they start their season this weekend as well with four matches in two days.  Only Softball is yet to start and they will do so next week.

Here’s a quick recap of last week’s action:

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:  beat Colorado College, 63-55, and defeated Dallas (77-73) to run win streak to five straight games.  SU is now 8-3 in SCAC play and 13-9 overall.  Sophomore Kelsie Jackson continues her hot streak, averaging 20.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.  Junior Lindsey Peterson averaged 12.5 points and five rebounds.  Senior Bailey Harris had a season high nine assists in the win at Colorado.  The five straight wins are also the most in the NCAA era.

MEN’S BASKETBALL:  won at Colorado College, 66-48, lost to Dallas, 71-63.  Played some of their best basketball of the year in dominating CC.  Sprinted out to a huge lead, but playing great defense, and were never threatened in a battle for second place in the league.  Unfortunately, the loss two days later was costly.  Inconsistency is really hurting the team the last three weeks.  After a 5-0 start, SU has won only two of six games to stand at 7-4.  Wins at Trinity and at Colorado have shown that SU can beat anyone when ready to go, but have also suffered ugly losses at times as well.

BASEBALL:  went 1-2 at Sul Roll State last weekend.  Rallied from an early 9-1 deficit to win the opener, 11-9, but then got beat badly the next day, 16-3 and 21-1.  Sophomore Matt Barnett pitched well in relief and gave SU a chance to rally in the first game.  Senior Chase Valdez had four hits and four RBI.  Junior Ryan Pisseri leads the team in hitting at .455.  But SU needs more help from its starting pitchers who gave up 24 earned runs in only 10.1 innings last weekend.

MEN’S TENNIS:  lost at #8 Trinity, (9-0) and lost to NAIA (scholarship) Our Lady of the Lake, 7-2.    The Mountaineers had a tough opening weekend.  The squad was a bit overmatched for their first contest of the spring in facing the Tigers, but were very competitive against the Saints on Sunday at the Cree Tennis Center.  Sophomore Teg Lozano factored into both points that SU scored.  He and sophomore partner Brice Conoly won a hard-fought match, 8-6, at #2 doubles.  He then won his match at #6 singles in straight sets.

The schedule for the week ahead:

Friday, 2/14:
M/W TENNIS at East Texas Baptist (Marshall, TX) at 9:00 am
W/M TENNIS at LeTourneau (Longview, TX) at 4:00 pm
MEN’S BASKETBALL vs. Southwestern * (Edington Center) at 6:00 pm
BASEBALL at Austin (Sherman, TX) at 6:00 pm
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL vs. Southwestern * (Edington Center) at 8:00 pm

Saturday, 2/15:
M/W TENNIS at Centenary (Shreveport, LA) at 11:00 am
BASEBALL (DH) at Austin (Sherman, TX) at 1:00 pm
MEN’S BASKETBALL vs. Trinity * (Edington Center) at 4:00 pm
W/M TENNIS at #20 UT-Tyler (Tyler, TX) at 4:00 pm
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL vs. Trinity * (Edington Center) at 6:00 pm

Monday, 2/17:
W/M GOLF at Linda Lowery Invitational (Austin, TX) at 8:00 am

Tuesday, 2/18:
M/W GOLF at Linda Lowery Invitational (Austin, TX) at 8:00 am

*=SCAC contests

Go Mountaineers!!!

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