Lone Star Conference teams will take a break from play due to the NCAA Division II Life in the Balance package, which requires seven consecutive days off each year beginning Dec. 20. Games resume on Dec. 29 with non-conference action through the New Year.
On the men's side, three teams are undefeated in league games with Midwestern State at 5-0, West Texas A&M (4-0) and Tarleton State (3-0). WTAMU (5-0) and Tarleton (4-0) remain perfect in the women's standings.
The top eight men's and eight women's teams will qualify for the championship to be played Feb. 29 - March 4 in Allen, Texas. The postseason tournament will decide the tournament champion and the LSC's automatic qualification to the NCAA tournament.
The LSC men have a 73-40 overall record so far this season. MSU is the lone unbeaten team at 10-0, with two other squads (WTAMU and Tarleton) having just one loss. In the NCAA South Central Region, the men's teams are currently 25-12 overall including 14-10 combined versus Heartland Conference teams, 7-1 opposed to the Great American Conference and 4-1 against the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA).
The LSC women are 52-56 overall, with Cameron at 7-2 with the best record. In the NCAA South Central Region, the women's teams are currently 21-16 overall including 16-9 combined versus Heartland teams, 4-4 opposed to the Great American and 1-3 against the MIAA.
Texas Woman's Cambria Smith tops the nation in assists with 8.8 per game (statistics through games 12/18).
Midwestern State is one of nine Division II teams with a perfect won-loss record at 10-0. The Mustangs' 10-0 start in the fourth in school history and first since MSU won 14 consecutive games to start the 2009-10 season.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Desmond King, Texas A&M University - Commerce, SR, Forward, Alexandria, La., Alexandria HS
King helped the Lions to a 3-0 mark this week and was named Most Valuable Player of St. Edward's Classic. He averaged 21.7 points with a 72.7 FG percentage over the three-game span. The senior recorded a double-double against Henderson State with a career-high 30 points and tied a career-high with 12 rebounds and two blocks, shooting 12-of-13 (92.3 %) from the floor. King had 22 points off 7-of-9 shooting (77.8%) in the victory against Southern Arkansas and contributed five rebounds. In the win over Harding, he had 13 points and a career-high seven steals.
Donald Sims, West Texas A&M University, JR, Forward, Chester, S.C., Chester HS
Sims continued to be one of the top big men in the Lone Star Conference this past week as the Buffs went 2-0 at Abilene Christian and at home against Angelo State to improve to 9-1 (4-0 LSC). Sims averaged 15.0 points per game to go along with 9.5 rebounds per contest as the junior transfer registered a double-double against the Rams with 15 points and 10 rebounds in a rout, 71-44. His efforts limited opponents to 36.6 percent shooting and held both ACU and ASU to season lows in points.
Nicole Pendarvis, Cameron University, SR, Guard, Irvington, N.J., Cisco JC
Pendarvis has been the primary ball handler and distributor for the Aggies, helping them to their best start in more than 20 years at 5-1 in conference play. The New Jersey native shot 80 percent from the floor (12-15) and averaged 17.5 points, 4.5 assists and 4 rebounds in wins over Incarnate Word and Texas A&M-Kingsville last week. She played the role of closer against UIW, with 14 of her 18 points in the second half. Pendarvis finished with 17 against Kingsville. The amazing thing is Pendarvis is a pass-first player that has taken advantage of her opportunities.
Sabelle Diata, Cameron University, SR, Forward, Dakar, Senegal, Northeastern JC
Diata remains a constant for the Black and Gold in the post. While her string of double-doubles was stopped against Texas A&M-Kingsville, she was still able to play lights out defensively as Cameron limited opponents to 25.8 percent shooting and 46.0 points per game last week. Against the Javelinas, Diata held their posts to a combined nine points on 4-12 sh
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