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Re: Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
« Reply #1635 on: December 31, 2016, 06:50:11 pm »
Just realized that AC is off to its best start (9-3) since the 2009-10 season, which was the year they went 18-8 and Katy Williams was named the SCAC Player of the Year. Interestingly, Katy is a volunteer assistant this year (her first year in that role). Coincidence? Well, probably. But funny that somehow she's been a part of each of the two best starts in the last decade.

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« Reply #1636 on: January 03, 2017, 01:58:41 pm »
FYI: adding more fuel to this weekend's showdown between Trinity and AC, Trinity is now ranked #14 in the D3Hoops poll and #16 in the WBCA poll. AC, meanwhile, has jumped into the others receiving votes section of the WBCA poll, coming in at #29 overall. If they can pull off the upset and then win against Schreiner, they'd be almost certain to crack the top 25. But no pressure...

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« Reply #1637 on: January 07, 2017, 10:56:57 am »
After a dreadful start (3/17 shooting in the opening stanza, full credit to the AC defense) the Trinity women upped their intensity and focus to get past Austin 67-54.    The Tigers held a 14-4 advantage in steals; this combined with a 25-9 advantage at the stripe helped overcome a 4-15 night from beyond the arc.   Elizabeth Balido came off the bench to lead all scorers with 22 points, adding 9 boards.   Mollie Hughes had 20 and 7, and Micah Weaver had 16 from the bench.   The 'Roos were lead by Kendall Heitmeier with 17 (3-7 from deep), Caitlyn Collins with 13 (3-4 from distance), and 12 points and 12 boards from the stalwart Bryce Frank. 

Of concern for the Tigers is a possible injury to Monica Holguin, scoreless in her 10 minutes but making 5 steals in that time.   After the last she was tripped up trying to go on the fast break, fell hard, and it took some time for her to come off the court, not to return.   Trinity had two senior starters suffer career-ending injuries last season and could do without another to one of this year's leaders.  Update:  Holguin started today against Centenary, so it wasn't serious.
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Re: Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
« Reply #1638 on: January 15, 2017, 08:43:59 pm »
Looking awfully top-heavy in the SCAC standings now. TLU at 12-3/4-0, AC at 12-4/4-1, and Trinity, of course, at 14-1/3-1.

TLU and Austin College play on Friday night. It's not a given how anything will shake out but it's looking pretty clear those will be the top 3 seeds in some combination, setting up a potentially epic 2 vs 3 semifinal matchup, if it comes to that.

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Re: Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
« Reply #1639 on: January 18, 2017, 04:58:50 pm »
Southwestern made things even more interesting by destroying TLU last night, 71-49.   

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Re: Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
« Reply #1640 on: February 08, 2017, 04:35:40 pm »
Three SCAC teams in the first regional rankings of the season.

(1) Trinity (20-1/9-1 SCAC)
(6) Texas Lutheran (17-5/9-2)
(7) Austin (16-6/8-3)

Big game in Sherman as Austin hosts Trinity Friday night.   A win gives Trinity upper hand at the top seed in the upcoming SCAC championships (with two games against surprising Schreiner next week).   A loss drops them back into a tie with TLU. 

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Re: Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
« Reply #1641 on: February 12, 2017, 09:49:47 am »
Trinity won close games at Austin and Centenary (having to come from six points down in the fourth to do so).   TLU also won, so unless SW can repeat their unusual effort against the Bulldogs next week, the regular season championship will come down to Trinity's two games against Schreiner.   

Micah Weaver (14.7ppg/5.0 rpg) only played 9 minutes against Centenary, and Abby Holland, who has made a huge contribution in her first collegiate season (11.5 ppg/5.4 rpg in 23.4 mpg), didn't play in either game this weekend.   Grace Horn scored a season high 16 (on 7/9) to spark the win against the Ladies.   Horn was averaging 1.5 ppg with a season high of 7 points.   

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« Reply #1642 on: February 16, 2017, 08:24:22 pm »
Trinity wins the first of two against Schreiner in Kerrville to clinch a tie for the regular-season championship, 82-72.   Live stats died with about a minute left; Monica Holguin had 30 at that point and Micah Weaver 22.   Abby Holland did not play.    A win on Saturday will give the Tigers the #1 seed for next weekend's tourney. 

update:  per box score Holguin had 31 and Weaver 24.
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Re: Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
« Reply #1643 on: February 21, 2017, 01:11:24 pm »
The SCAC announced that Johnson and Wales - Denver will join the conference in 2018-19 as they transition from NAIA to D3.   They currently offer women's/men's basketball with about eight other sports and are looking to add more.   This will help uncomplicate the travel situation which has seen schools forced to go from Colorado Springs to Sherman, TX in a weekend.   

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« Reply #1644 on: February 21, 2017, 04:51:12 pm »
The SCAC announced that Johnson and Wales - Denver will join the conference in 2018-19 as they transition from NAIA to D3.   They currently offer women's/men's basketball with about eight other sports and are looking to add more.   This will help uncomplicate the travel situation which has seen schools forced to go from Colorado Springs to Sherman, TX in a weekend.
Yay!  Logical! 

Who will be the Travel Partners then?

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« Reply #1645 on: February 21, 2017, 06:54:41 pm »
My instinct is that it might stay the same for Schreiner/TLU/Southwestern/Trinity, and that obviously CC and JW will pair off. That leaves AC/UD/Centenary. Gut feeling is it'll be AC and Centenary, and while there are only 9 teams, UD will be the loner since they're in Dallas so they're at the easiest travel hub and centralized in the conference, until another school comes in.

Just pure speculation at this point.

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« Reply #1646 on: February 21, 2017, 11:34:27 pm »
Conference said today they're actively seeking a tenth member.   Not having to find a football school probably gives some options they may not have had before, and the next school being the tenth (and making travel/scheduling easier) probably doesn't hurt, either.   May not find one, but have to give the SCAC honchos credit for finding a way to ease the island CC has been on all these years.

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Re: Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
« Reply #1647 on: February 22, 2017, 06:49:01 am »
Conference said today they're actively seeking a tenth member.   Not having to find a football school probably gives some options they may not have had before, and the next school being the tenth (and making travel/scheduling easier) probably doesn't hurt, either.   May not find one, but have to give the SCAC honchos credit for finding a way to ease the island CC has been on all these years.

I don't know anything about MUW in Mississippi - do they have the academic standing to be a potential member?
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« Reply #1648 on: February 22, 2017, 12:31:39 pm »
I looked at MUW earlier in the week on the women's soccer board.   They have no sports whatsoever this year, starting six total teams next year, and it's a 5 1/2 hour drive from Centenary.   In the past the conference hasn't taken on schools with a limited number of sports, and that would be a long drive (though less than the Colo Springs -> Sherman one the conference has today).   It's also a public college with a very modest endowment; the SCAC schools are private and have substantially larger endowments.  I think they would fit better in the ASC than the SCAC or the SAA. 

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« Reply #1649 on: February 26, 2017, 03:58:23 pm »
Trailing 31-19 with five minutes remaining in the first half of the SCAC championship final, Trinity put together a dominant defensive stretch over the next 13 minutes to lead TLU by eight at 49-41.  The Bulldogs closed to within three with under a minute left in the quarter before tournament MVP Allison Staley tossed in a three as the quarter ended.    TLU scored the first point of the fourth quarter but would be unable to close any further before falling 78-67.

On a day when their three all-SCAC performers struggled with fouls for the first three quarters, Trinity would get 17 points and 5 boards from Allison Staley plus 15 and 5 (4 offensive) from Elizabeth Balido.   Monica Holguin came on strong late to add 13 and 6, and Grace Horn added 9 unexpected points to go with 7 assists.   The Tigers improve to 26-1 and most ctertainly should host the first two rounds next week (and hopefully Puget Sound, whose only loss of the season before yesterday was to Trinity, isn't forced to come to San Antonio).
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