College Sports Afternoon Headlines-03/21/11

News from around the Texas College Scene - 03/21/11.

WBB Breezes to First Round Win Over Prairie View, 66-30 - Brittney Griner and Brooklyn Pope each had 17 points in the 66-30 victory.  Baylor coach Kim Mulkey was so frustrated by the sloppy play of her starters right after halftime that she briefly considering pulling them all out of the game.  She let them play through it.  After all, the top-seeded Lady Bears held Prairie View to the lowest-scoring first half ever in an NCAA tournament game and were on their way to a 66-30 first-round victory Sunday night.   READ MORE
Baseball Falls to Texas Tech in 10 Innings, 10-6 - Bears held 6-3 lead through six innings.  Baylor held a 6-3 lead after six innings, but Texas Tech scored one run in each of the next three frames before plating four in the 10th to knock off the Bears 10-6 in 10 innings in Sunday's series finale at Baylor Ballpark.  The loss gave Baylor (13-7, 1-2 Big 12) its first losing weekend this season. The Bears had won six consecutive regular-season weekend sets dating back to the 2010 season. Texas Tech (14-7, 2-1 Big 12) came from behind to tie the game in the ninth for the second straight day.   READ MORE










Another disappointing finish for UT men - Honestly, I thought the referee blew it. Plain and simple.  The five-second count that cost the Texas basketball team a crucial turnover in the last 14.5 seconds and gave Arizona the opportunity it needed to win this third-round NCAA tournament game may have been the quickest whistle since one of Charlie Sheen's goddesses walked past a construction site.  The fifth-seeded Wildcats used the chance for a three-point play by NBA-bound power forward Derrick Williams and scored a highly controversial, 70-69 victory over the fourth-seeded Longhorns on Sunday night at the BOK Center.   READ MORE
Texas vs Arizona: Jim Burr, Officials Hose Longhorns With Mythical Five Second Call- Plenty of time later to talk about all the things Rick Barnes and Texas could have done better. And congrats to Arizona for playing well and advancing to the Sweet 16. The Wildcats did a great job tonight.  But right now? I'm just royally, righteously furious about the screw job that Texas just got at the end of the game, courtesy of -- guess who? -- Jim Burr.  The same clown who single-handedly jobbed Texas against UConn and, more famously, blew the Rutgers-St. John's Big East Tournament game three weeks ago.  For the record? My game watching crew reviewed the DVR ten times and it wasn't five seconds. It wasn't five arm-ticks.  And it wasn't five seconds objectively. We used a stopwatch and if you're generous, it gets up to about 4.6 seconds.  He rushed it, and we got hosed.  The theme for the tournament.  The no-calls at the end with J'Covan and Gary were just icing on the cake.   READ MORE










Aggies snap McNeese State's streak in first round - Texas A&M's Tyra White and Danielle Adams pulled a fast one on the public address announcer, accidentally switching places during the pregame introductions.  Turns out everyone on the team was interchangeable as the seventh-ranked Aggies rolled to an 87-47 victory over the McNeese State Cowgirls in first-round action of the NCAA women's basketball tournament, attended by 5,377 people, on Sunday.  White and Adams combined for 10 points as A&M took a 14-2 lead and never looked back. The Aggies were too big, too fast, too physical and too deep for the Southland Conference champions, who had a 12-game winning streak snapped.   READ MORE
Aggie bench has good game in Bossier City - Adrienne Pratcher turned a negative into a huge positive for seventh-ranked Texas A&M.  The sophomore point guard came off the bench early to help Texas A&M roll to an 87-47 victory over McNeese State in first-round action of the NCAA women's basketball tournament on Sunday at the CenturyTel Center.  A&M head coach Gary Blair was determined not to allow senior point guard Sydney Colson to get in the foul trouble that has plagued her at times this season. So Blair inserted Pratcher after Colson picked up her first two fouls.  That allowed Pratcher to play a team-high 17 minutes in the first half. She had six points, hitting 2 of 3 shots, including a 3-pointer. She added five assists, four rebounds and only had one turnover.   READ MORE










Billy Gillispie Hired as Men's Basketball Coach at Texas Tech - Texas Tech has Their Man and Gillispie has his University.  The minute word started to spread that Gillispie would be the head coach, it seems that just about everything was in place. The official site press release seemed like it was ready to go and it makes me think this has been about crossing t's and dotting i's more than anything else.   READ MORE
New Basketball Season Ticket Requests Being Accepted - Texas Tech is offering fans the opportunity to become new season ticket holders immediately.  With the Lady Raiders filling out their dance card in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in five years and the hiring of Billy Gillispie to lead the men's basketball program, Texas Tech is experiencing a high level of enthusiasm for both basketball programs.  Beginning this evening, Texas Tech will be giving fans the opportunity to become season tickets holders for both men's and women's basketball. Season ticket prices from 2010-11 will not change so fans that didn't purchase those season packages last year can do so immediately at the same low cost. Deposits for new season tickets are currently being accepted on texastech.com and through the athletics ticket office beginning on Monday morning.   READ MORE










Cougars season comes to a close in first round of NCAA Tournament - For Cougars fans, there's good news and there's bad news regarding the UH women's hoops team. Bad news first:  The Cougars fell to West Virginia 79-73 on Sunday at the Ferrell Center in Waco in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. It wasn't the best version of the Cougars that we've seen this season but it was also far from the worst.   READ MORE
Baseball Drops Series Finale To Kent State, 8-5 - Loss Snaps Four Game Winning Streak.  Despite overcoming a 4-1 deficit to tie the contest, 5-5, the University of Houston dropped its series finale to Kent State, 8-5, Sunday afternoon at Cougar Field.  The Cougars scored two runs in the fifth and sixth innings to tie the contest but the Golden Flashes scored a run in the sixth and the ninth innings and two in the eighth to hold on to the lead and take the win in the final day of the series.  Junior John Cannon led all Cougars with a 4-for-5 performance at the plate with an RBI. Junior Jake Runte was 3-for-5 with two RBIs.   READ MORE









Owls Complete Sweep of Louisiana Tech With 11-3 Victory Sunday Afternoon - Reckling Carries No-Hitter Into 7th; Rice Next Plays At Lamar On Tuesday Night, Hosts UH Wednesday.  The Rice baseball team erupted for 11 runs and junior right-hander Matthew Reckling was right at home on the mound at Reckling Park, carrying a no-hitter into the seventh inning as the Owls completed a three-game sweep of visiting Louisiana Tech with an 11-3 victory in the series finale Sunday afternoon in Houston.  Reckling was sharp in his team-leading sixth, and best, start of the season. He retired the first 10 men he faced and didn't allow a base hit until after there was one out in the top of the seventh inning.   READ MORE
Owls Blank Islanders - Host TCU on Saturday.  The Rice men's tennis team ran its record to 12-4 on the season by blanking Texas A&M Corpus Christi, 4-0, in the final match of the 53rd Rice Invitational on Sunday afternoon at Jake Hess Tennis Stadium.  The Owls and Islanders had to delay the start of their match by over two hours due to the length of the Rice-TCU women's match, and once the two teams hit the court, it appeared they were prepped for a lengthy battle of their own.   READ MORE










MBB: At Northern Iowa On Monday In CIT Quarterfinal - Mustangs Advanced With Win On Last-Second Free Throws.  The SMU Mustangs visit the Northern Iowa Panthers in the quarterfinal round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT) on Monday at 7 p.m. SMU advanced with a 63-62 win over Jacksonville in the second round on Saturday. Papa Dia hit two free throws with 0.1 seconds left to lift SMU to victory. The Mustangs won the first round 64-57 in overtime against Oral Roberts on Wednesday.    READ MORE
SMU Matt Doherty Basketball Camp Dates Set For Summer 2011 - Mustangs Having Best Season In More Than A Decade.  The 2011 SMU Matt Doherty Basketball Camp dates are set for June 13-30 at the Crum Basketball Center on SMU's campus. There are three camps for ages K-12. The first is for 4th-12th grades from June 13-15, the next is for K-8th graders from June 20-23 and the final camp is K-8th grades June 27-30.   READ MORE









UTEP Team Report - The Miners will go from the most experienced, senior-dominated team in the nation to one of the most inexperienced next year.  It was a tall order in the first year under head coach Tim Floyd to ask for a repeat performance of the team's 2010 run to the NCAA Tournament, but the reality is, it was the only shot the program may have for several years.  UTEP's March 15 loss in the opening round of the NIT-a game played three days after a heartbreaking, closing-minutes collapse in the Conference USA final that would have secured a repeat trip to the Big Dance-was the last game for eight departing seniors, including the top five scorers and a couple all-time greats in C-USA history.   READ MORE
Miners Sweep Marist - While it was the senior leadership that carried the Miners to victory in game one, it was local freshman Kayla Black that was credited with the 9-8 in her collegiate debut in the second game of the day.  Senior outfielder Becky Smith laced a two-RBI double to right field to end the Miners’ first of two games against Marist in five innings, 11-2, on Saturday afternoon at the Helen of Troy Softball Complex. The Miners walked in the winning run to take game two from the Red Foxes, 9-8.   READ MORE










Frogs Thwart An Early Season Challenge - On Friday night, this story seemed very uncertain. We joke about the sky falling and being on the brink of panic. But on Friday night, that joke was suddenly looking like it could become a reality. Not being the host site during the NCAA tournament makes it more difficult to reach Omaha, but it does not preclude the Frogs from making it to Omaha. But when winning the Mountain West Conference and making the tournament at all starts to become murky, that is a problem. And at (0-1) I began to wonder if it really had come to this?   READ MORE
TCU Drops Close Battle At No. 31 Oklahoma, 4-3 - The Horned Frogs claim three singles wins on the road.  The TCU men’s tennis dropped a tight road contest Sunday, falling to No. 31 Oklahoma, 4-3, at the Headington Family Tennis Center in Norman, Okla.  “We lost a tough one today, but I saw a huge improvement in our team,” TCU head coach David Roditi said. “Our goal was to figure out ways to come back in matches after we dropped the opening set and we did that twice today. If we can compete the way we did today, we will have a good conference season and I’m proud of the guys. I think we learned something about our team today.”   READ MORE










What is it about Murfreesboro? UNT swept by the Lady Raiders - There's not much going on right now, at least not until spring practice starts this week, but the UNT softball team was in action over the weekend.  Unfortunately, UNT was in Murfreesboro.  That's the same place UNT had the unfortunate ref-chasing incident in women's basketball. The same place UNT lost in men's hoops.   READ MORE
Tough day for the softball team - UNT followed up a really good week with a really big dud of a day on Friday.  UNT knocked off Louisiana-Lafayette in one of its three games against the Sun Belt powerhouse and then beat another nationally ranked team in Baylor, taking the second game of a doubleheader.   READ MORE










Turner, Kalenkosky Lead Bobcats To 8-1 Victory Over Sam Houston State - Bobcats sweep the season series with the Bearkats for the first time since 2005.  Texas State starter Colton Turner allowed just three hits over seven innings on the mound as the Bobcat baseball team completed its fourth series sweep of the 2011 season with an 8-1 victory against Sam Houston State at Bobcat Ballpark on Sunday afternoon. Texas State, which last swept Sam Houston State in 2005, added the Bearkats to its list of series sweeps along with Akron, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Houston.  Turner allowed just five Bearkats to reach base on Friday while striking out five over the course of seven innings. He lowered his season ERA to 3.71 while improving to 4-0 for the season.   READ MORE









UTSA drops Sunday finale at UT Arlington, 2-1 - An 11th inning sacrifice fly by Jesse Payne with one out brought home Ryan Walker with the winning run and UT Arlington won Sunday's rubber game against UTSA, 2-1, at Clay Gould Ballpark.  The Mavericks improved to 12-8 overall and 4-2 in Southland Conference play, while the Roadrunners saw their season ledger drop to 7-15 (1-5 SLC).   READ MORE
UTSA rally falls short against Sam Houston State in Sunday's series finale - Three unearned runs helped Sam Houston State build a 6-1 lead and hold off UTSA despite a late rally and the Bearkats salvaged the final game of this weekend's series, 6-5, on Sunday afternoon at Roadrunner Field.  Freshman Molly Fichtner led the way for the Roadrunners (11-15, 7-5 SLC), who saw their five-game winning streak come to an end. Fichtner went 2-for-4 on the afternoon with a double, her Southland Conference-leading eighth home run and a pair of RBIs.   READ MORE

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