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College Sports Morning Headlines-03/03/11

News from around the Texas College Scene - 03/03/11.

Men's Tennis Powers Past Purdue - Bears win fourth straight match with a 7-0 sweep of the Boilermakers. In its last match before Spring Break, the 28th-ranked Baylor men's tennis team recorded its second 7-0 victory of the season on Wednesday afternoon against Purdue at the Baylor Tennis Center.  "Today, we lost just one set and that is a good move in the right direction," head coach Matt Knoll said. "We couldn't be more optimistic. I think we are absolutely working through some things and making some improvements. We feel we are going to have nine tough spots when the time comes."    READ MORE

Who will step up to lead defense - Who will step up and replace Johnson as the leader defensively?  Spring football got underway on Monday afternoon, and with that we will address some of the top questions on Bears fans' minds for the 2011 season.  In our first group project, we select who we think will step up and replace linebacker Antonio Johnson as the leader defensively.  READ MORE



There is something about Texas Tech that brings out the best in Chassidy Fussell and Ashley Gayle. - Fussell and Gayle, mired in recent scoring slumps, broke out in a big way Wednesday night at the Erwin Center. Fussell scored 23 points and Gayle contributed 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Longhorns to an 83-59 victory over the Lady Raiders in a crucial Big 12 game.  Texas improved to 18-11 overall, 7-8 in conference games. The victory helps UT's portfolio in its quest to reach the NCAA Tournament next month.   READ MORE

Okafor looking forward to move back to defensive end - Alex Okafor has been praised by Texas football coach Mack Brown as a loyal trooper who will do what is asked of him.  That loyalty, though, was put to a bit of a test last season, when the Longhorns asked Okafor to leave defensive end — the position he'd played forever — to take on 300-something pounders as a defensive tackle.  Okafor did it, reluctantly perhaps, but without complaining. All he would say at the time was he was "kind of surprised" at the move.  Now, under new defensive coordinator Manny Diaz, the Longhorns hope to move the Pflugerville High School product back to defensive end.  They didn't have to ask him twice.   READ MORE



Aggies One Win Away From Third Place Finish In Conference - After a strong defensive effort against Kansas that wasn't quite enough to get the win Wednesday night (at one point in the first half A&M was holding Kansas to 22% shooting from the field), the A&M men's basketball team returns home on Saturday for their home finale and the final game of the 2010-2011 regular season. The Aggies will play Texas Tech at Reed Arena at 12:45 PM in a game that will be shown locally on the Big 12 Network. The Aggies will celebrate Senior Day for B.J. Holmes, Nathan Walkup, Andrew Darko, Derek Lewis, and Marshall Carrell. After the way the Aggies performed in Lawrence, I feel very good about our chances of sending our five seniors out as winners.   READ MORE

Texas A&M baseball sweeps Texas-Pan American - The day couldn't have been going any better for Texas A&M head coach Rob Childress.  The weather was perfect for an afternoon baseball game, his pitcher had four zeros on the board and his team had just strung together five straight two-out hits for four runs and a 5-0 lead.  One call cut all that joy short as Childress was sent to the dressing room at the end of the fifth and had to keep abreast of the remainder of the game, which the Aggies won 7-0, by the Aggies, from under the stands.  The victory for A&M (8-1) completed a mid-week, two-game sweep of the UT-Pan American Broncs (5-2).   READ MORE



Texas Tech Downed by Longhorns - Lady Raiders had four players score in double figures in 83-59 loss at Texas.  Texas Tech had four players score in double figures but it wasn't enough as Texas defeated the Lady Raiders, 83-59, Wednesday night at the Frank Erwin Center.  Tech (20-9/7-8 Big 12) opened the game with two baskets by Teena Wickett to take an early 4-0 lead, its biggest advantage of the game. Texas (18-11/7-8 Big 12) responded by scoring the next four points to tie the game at the 17:35 mark.  The Long horns took the lead, 7-4, on a three-pointer by Kathleen Nash. It was a lead they would have until the end of the half.   READ MORE

Tech gets it Dunn against OU - Mike Singletary and David Tairu scored 17 points each to lead Texas Tech over Oklahoma 84-58 on Wednesday night, handing the Sooners their eighth straight loss.  Wally Dunn added 15 points and Brad Reese had 12 for the Red Raiders (13-17, 5-10 Big 12), who hit 11 of 21 3-pointers and led the whole way -- much of it by double digits.   READ MORE



Cougars hoops fall to Tulane, will finish no higher than 10th - The Houston Cougars were unable to put their recent struggles to a halt, dropping a road contest to Tulane 80-77 on Wednesday at Fogelman Arena in New Orleans.  The Cougars led by eight at one point but turnovers hurt them, as they committed 23 on the night.  UH (12-16, 4-11 Conference USA) has lost five consecutive games and 10 of its last 11. The Cougars will host Rice in their regular season finale at 5 p.m. on Saturday at Hofheinz Pavilion as part of a doubleheader with the women's team, which tips at 2 p.m. against Tulane.   READ MORE

Houston Spring Football Set to Begin Saturday - Cougars Begin Preparation for 2011 Season.  The preparations are already underway for the 2011 football season as the University of Houston Cougars begin spring football practices on Sat., March 5 at 1:40 p.m. This weekend's session is open to the public.  OPEN PRACTICES: Four of this year's spring practices will be open to the public beginning with this Saturday's opening session. Fans can watch three scrimmages on Sat., March 26, April 2 and the Red and White Spring Game on April 9.   READ MORE



Rice Baseball Team Defeats Arizona 11-7 Wednesday Night - Owls Club 15 Hits To Split Two-Game Series With Nationally-Ranked Wildcats.  The Rice baseball team used a big eight-run inning in the fifth and sophomore right-hander Chase McDowell worked a career-long 5.2 innings to help lead the Owls to an 11-7 road victory over nationally-ranked Arizona Wednesday evening in Tucson, Ariz.   READ MORE

Owls Topped by Tulsa, 67-57 - Beasley, Braimoh, Pflieger & Stanton play final game in Tudor Fieldhouse.  Despite 21 turnovers, Tulsa spoiled Rice University's Senior Night, defeating the Owls 67-57 Wednesday in Tudor Fieldhouse.  With the win, the Golden Hurricane improved to 17-12 and 10-5 in Conference USA play heading into their final game of the regular season Saturday at home against Southern Miss. Rice lost its third straight to fall to 12-17 and 4-11. The Owls travel across town Saturday to take on Houston in their final regular-season game.  The Tulsa game marked the final home game for Rice seniors Bryan Beasley, Suleiman Braimoh, Cory Pflieger and Trey Stanton.  The Conference USA Tournament begins next Wednesday in El Paso.   READ MORE



Teurlings Catholic QB hearing from SMU - Dshaie Landor, fresh off an impressive showing at the Baton Rouge NUC, talks about recruiting with Scout.com. While Landor doesn't have prototype QB size, he's determined to play that position in college. Read further to get the details.  "I called Coach (Jeff) Reinebold from SMU earlier this week," said Dshaie Landor. "He asked if anyone had offered yet, and I told him no. He said they want to be the first to offer. I sent a hard copy of my highlight tape to him, and I'm going to call tomorrow to hopefully get an update."   READ MORE

UCF Holds Off SMU, 51-48 - Papa Dia led the Mustangs (17-12, 8-7) with 18 points.  Isaac Sosa scored 17 points, including 12 in the second half, as UCF defeated SMU 51-48 Wednesday night.  A.J Rompza added 10 points, and Marcus Jordan and A.J. Tyler had eight apiece.  Trailing by as many as 10 points in the second half, the Knights (19-9, 6-9) used 3-pointers from Tyler and Sosa on consecutive possessions with 9:34 remaining in the game to take their first lead, 35-31, since the opening minute.   READ MORE http://smumustangs.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/recaps/030211aaa.html



UTEP Cools Off Marshall, Stays in the Hunt For C-USA Tourney Bye - The Miner seniors combined for 77 points as UTEP snapped the Herd's five-game winning streak with an 82-74 victory on Wednesday.  UTEP shot 59.6 percent from the floor, including 76.2 percent in the second half, and received 77 points from its seniors on "Senior Night" in snapping Marshall's five-game winning streak with an 82-74 victory on Wednesday at the Don Haskins Center.  The Miners (22-8, 10-5 C-USA) are tied for second place in the C-USA standings with Tulsa (17-12, 10-5) heading into Saturday's regular season finale at SMU (1 p.m. MT, Time Warner Sports Channel 24). Southern Miss (21-8, 9-6) and Memphis (21-9, 9-6) are tied for fourth place. UTEP can clinch a bye in next week's C-USA Tournament in El Paso with a win over the Mustangs.  UTEP improved to 17-2 at home this season, the most wins for the Miners in the Haskins Center since the 1991-92 campaign that ended with a berth in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.   READ MORE

UTEP Women's Basketball Notes: At Tulsa (6 P.M. MST Thursday) - Miners Look To Cap Regular Season On High Note.  UTEP To Wrap Up Regular Season At Tulsa.  UTEP will look to cap its 2010-11 regular season on a high note when it plays at Tulsa at 6 p.m. MST Thursday. The Miners (14-13, 6-9 C-USA) were tripped up by SMU, 70-64, on their “Senior Day” on Feb. 27 while the Golden Hurricane (5-18, 1-14 C-USA) dropped their 11th consecutive contest, 73-62, at Tulane last time out. A UTEP triumph would ensure the school-record fifth straight season with a winning percentage of .500 or better.   READ MORE



Horned Frogs Rout Falcons Wednesday, 88-51 - TCU closes its regular-season with a 21-9 overall record.  Senior Emily Carter scored a game-high 24 points Wednesday as TCU rolled Air Force to close its regular-season at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, 88-51.  The Horned Frogs ended the first half on a 30-8 run and never looked back, leading by as many as 39 Wednesday. With the win, TCU, who avenged its earlier loss to the Falcons, closed its regular-season at 21-9 overall and 13-3 in the Mountain West Conference. The Frogs, who posted their largest margin of victory during conference play this season, locked up the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Mountain West Conference Tournament with its win over the Falcons.   READ MORE

TCU Unable to Hold Off Falcons in Regular Season Finale - Hill ties career high with 23 points for Frogs.  Senior guard Greg Hill tied a career high with 23 points to help TCU build a seven-point halftime lead, but a red-hot second-half Air Force performance sank the Frogs Wednesday during a 70-65 setback at the Falcons’ Clune Arena.  The Frogs, playing in their regular-season finale, dropped to 10-21 overall this season and 1-15 in Mountain West Conference play. Air Force improved to 15-13 overall and 6-9 in the MWC.   READ MORE



UNT looking at a quick turnaround - UNT will be back on the floor Saturday night in the opening round of the Sun Belt Conference tournament against Troy, just four days after a road game in Little Rock.  As far as a way to go into the tournament, it's far less than ideal.  UNT is about as beaten up as a college basketball team can be. Jacob Holmen, one of the best backups in the league; Alzee Williams, a solid backup guard; and Cameron Spencer, a good backup forward, are out for the year.   READ MORE http://meangreenblog.dentonrc.com/archives/2011/03/unt-looking-at-a-quick-turnaro.html

Softball Faces No. 10 OU Today - The North Texas softball team's home stand continues with a mid-week game against No. 10 Oklahoma on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Lovelace Stadium.  The Mean Green is 6-5 this season and 4-1 at home. The Sooners are ranked No. 10 in the NFCA/USA Today Top 25 Poll and are 12-5 this season. NT is 0-3 this season against ranked opponents.   READ MORE



Softball rallies back for 5-4 win against Bobcats - Mavericks complete sweep over Texas State Wednesday.  The UT Arlington softball team was determined to sweep the Texas State Bobcats at home and did so Wednesday afternoon with a come from behind 5-4 win at Allan Saxe Field.  The win improved the Mavs to 11-7 overall and 3-0 conference action. The three game sweep against the Bobcats was the first in UTA softball history.  UT Arlington opened conference action Tuesday and recorded a pair of 2-0 shutout wins in game one and two against the Bobcats.   READ MORE

Aggies defeat Texas State in midweek battle - In 2009 when the Aggies traveled to play the Texas State Bobcats in San Marcos, they lost a heart breaker 2-3 despite dominating the all-time series.  On Tuesday night the Aggie softball team proved their 56-10 record against the Bobcats is no fluke with a 6-0 win to earn the teams fifth consecutive win.   READ MORE http://www.thebatt.com/sports/aggies-defeat-texas-state-in-midweek-battle-1.2012380



Davis sets UTSA blocked shots record on Wednesday night - Senior Alysse Davis recorded her fourth double-double of the season to go along with four blocks to set the program’s all-time record, but it was not enough, as Central Arkansas defeated UTSA, 81-59, on Wednesday night at the Farris Center.   READ MORE

UTSA wraps up home slate with 70-58 victory against Central Arkansas - Sophomore Melvin Johnson III scored 20 points and senior Devin Gibson added 18 in his home finale to help lead UTSA to a 70-58 victory against Central Arkansas on Wednesday night at the Convocation Center.  The Roadrunners, 15-13 overall, stayed alive for one of the eight spots in the State Farm Southland Conference Tournament by running their league record to 8-7, and they moved into a three-way tie for sixth with Nicholls and Southeastern Louisiana. The Bears fell to 5-23 (1-14 SLC).   READ MORE
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