Tonight's sportscast includes highlights of the MSU women's regional final basketball game against Colorado-Mesa, the teams return this afternoon to Wichita Falls & action from the MSU Invitational won by the Mustangs men's and women's golf teams.
The Midwestern State Mustangs showed why they are one of the top teams in the West region as they claimed the title of their own MSU Invitational at the Wichita Falls Country Club on Tuesday.
Midwestern, ranked eighth by the Golf World/WGCA Division II Coaches Poll, posted the two best team rounds of the tournament following Monday's 314 with a 309 for a 623 total that bested the field by nine strokes. Central Oklahoma, ranked 12th in the coaches poll, was second at 632, with Oklahoma Christian third at 635. Four teams in the 18 team field were nationally ranked and three other received votes in the latest coaches poll.
MSU was paced by the play of senior Taylor Klutts who finished third at 4-over-par 148 after firing a 3-over 75 on the par 72, 5,875 yard WFCC course on Tuesday.
Midwestern State freshman Santiago Gomez fired a 1-under-par 71 on Tuesday to not only win the individual title, but lead the Mustangs to the team championship of their own MSU Invitational at The Champions Course at Weeks Park.
Santiago led the Mustangs charge with his even-par 216 total, one stroke better than Incarnate Word's Chris Martinez at 1-over 217 and two in front of Cameron's Austin Weaver and Trey Lawson who tallied 2-over 218.
His play helped MSU to the low round of the tournament with a 3-under team score of 285 for an 887. MSU was four strokes better than Cameron at 891 and 14 in front of Incarnate Word at 901 in the 15-team event.
"Santiago played so well this week," said MSU coach Jeff Ray. "He rolled in a lot of putts. He's really strong in every aspect of his game and he really got it rolling."
The Mustangs also got an outstanding tournament from senior Antonio Herran, who fired a 2-under 70 in the final round to tie for seventh at 7-over 223.
The amazing run of the No. 25 Midwestern State Mustangs came to an end on Monday night as the No. 3 Colorado Mesa Mavericks edged MSU 69-65 at Bronson Arena in the NCAA II South Central Region Championship Game.
Colorado Mesa was up 64-63 with 1:21 to play when the Mavericks made a key defensive stop as CMU's Kelsey Sigl blocked a Dianna Jones layup that turned into a fast-break layup by the Mavs Sharaya Selsor that put MSU behind the eight-ball.
MSU missed on two other 3-point attempts in the final 1:04, the second when Jones was blocked by Effo Baker with eight seconds to play.
MSU got the ball back and closed it again to one at 66-65 on a pair of Andrea Carter free throws, but in fouling to get the ball back, MSU allowed the Mavericks to stretch the lead.
Sigl led CMU with 24 points and six rebounds, while Bruna Deichmann added 21 points.
MSU was paced by junior Kirsti Degelia who scored 20 points, while sophomore Andrea Carter fired in 18 points with 13 rebounds for her 17th double-double of the year. Sophomore Dianna Jones canned 12 points for MSU, while sophomore Shatoia Gober added 11. Degelia, Jones and Gober all had five rebounds.
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