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Re: Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
« Reply #1755 on: March 06, 2019, 01:44:45 pm »
Bryce Frank has been selected to participate in the WBCA D3 All-Star game. Congrats to Bryce, way to cap off a great career.

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« Reply #1756 on: March 06, 2019, 03:29:37 pm »
ACRoos story:  http://www.acroos.com/sports/wbkb/2018-19/releases/20190306kkhlj0

I didn't even know there was such a thing (this is an inaugural event, apparently) - congratulations to Bryce!

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Re: Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
« Reply #1757 on: March 07, 2019, 12:35:41 pm »
Ron - where the heck have you been? It is the first year of the event, but we've been talking about it on your favorite show for ... months now! I think we first talked about it in December. :)
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« Reply #1758 on: October 31, 2019, 12:14:55 pm »
Hoping my buddy jekelish returns for our annual two-poster SCAC conversation this season after the departure of Bryce Frank.   

Trinity posted their roster and schedule recently and they would appear to have a solid addition in 5'11" F Ashlyn Milton from Amarillo (Amarillo HS).   Amarillo is a perennial 5A (second largest classification) power which has won back-to-back state championships, with Ashlyn the state tournament MVP both years. Her 2018 state championship teammate, G Sam Henry, came to Trinity last year.  The team is once again young, with only two seniors on the roster, but one of those is Abby Holland.   Will try to make it down to SA next weekend to catch their opener against a very good George Fox team (25-4, second round loss to WUSTL last season).  GF graduated their top scorer, Tavin Headings, but should have a strong senior-laden lineup returning.  Michael Coppolino takes over the reins for the Lady Bruins after a successful stint at Mt. St. Mary's (NY), where he turned that struggling program around.

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« Reply #1759 on: October 31, 2019, 04:25:18 pm »
Oh I'm still around! Looks like AC and Trinity both got a little respect in the preseason poll, with the 'Roos at #36 and Trinity at #39. Obviously, tough to replace Bryce Frank but essentially everyone else who produced meaningful numbers last year is back, including Ann Savage, who is back for a graduate year (she missed her freshman season with an injury so she's got her 5th year while she gets her masters). Looking to see who in the junior class steps up this year. Kacie West has been a double digit scorer throughout her career coming off the bench and getting about 18 minutes a game, so it'll be interesting seeing how much of a jump her numbers get now that she'll be in the starting lineup and presumably getting 25-30 minutes every night. Really good shooter and a volume scorer. Don't be surprised to see her finish in the top 3 in the conference in scoring average this season, and perhaps even challenge for the top spot. One of the freshmen they brought in, Sarah Gwin, is an All-State guard from San Antonio who scored over 2,000 points in her career so she might wind up being a good one off the bench.
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« Reply #1760 on: October 31, 2019, 05:10:51 pm »
Sounds like another fun year (if only we can do something about Mel Dixon and his pesky TLU bunch).  Trinity losses to graduation were minimal - about 9 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists per game.   

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« Reply #1761 on: November 06, 2019, 12:05:10 pm »
Sounds like another fun year (if only we can do something about Mel Dixon and his pesky TLU bunch).  Trinity losses to graduation were minimal - about 9 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists per game.

SCAC pre-season poll has Trinity at the top by a slim margin over TLU, then AC and SW.   The Bulldogs return a very experienced crew this year including four of their top five scorers from last season.   

1.   Trinity University (5)   77
2.   Texas Lutheran University (4)   72
3.   Austin College   64
4.   Southwestern University (1)   61
5.   Colorado College    49
6.   Schreiner University   36
7.   Centenary College   35
8.   University of St. Thomas   26
9.   Johnson & Wales University (Denver)   16
10.   University of Dallas   14

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« Reply #1762 on: November 06, 2019, 02:18:02 pm »
You gotta give props to the SCAC Commissioner for rebuilding the SCAC!

10 teams and you have decent travel partners!

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« Reply #1763 on: November 09, 2019, 11:35:06 pm »
Trinity breezed past #8 George Fox in the season opener for both teams, 74-55.  Ashlyn Milton led all scorers in her first collegiate game with 18 points (7-11, 4-6 3FG) in just 19 minutes.   Trinity led almost the entire game, trailing only once at 2-1.  GF had a difficult time with Trinity’s press (23 turnovers in the first three quarters) and made only a single field goal in the first quarter.

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« Reply #1764 on: November 10, 2019, 08:57:48 pm »
Trinity dropped a nail-biter to #9 St. Thomas, 71-68.   The visitors hit their last eight field goal attempts, but Trinity's defense kept it close until the end.   Abby Holland had 22 in the loss to lead all scorers.

Trinity should see a few more votes in this week's top 25 than they did last week.   

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« Reply #1765 on: November 11, 2019, 09:56:37 am »
No question that Trinity will see more Top 25 votes when the next poll is released (it's not this week because a bunch of teams haven't played yet). I was really impressed by the Tigers who played to two very good teams with very different styles. Abby Holland has great footwork and a bevy of moves. St. Thomas (as always) will be a tough match up for anyone.

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« Reply #1766 on: November 11, 2019, 10:19:32 am »
I watched a bit of Trinity's game against George Fox. Ashlyn Milton looks like a really good young player. Good size, moves well, and looks natural on her jumper. Much to my chagrin as an Austin College fan, of course.

Speaking of, AC got a win to open year 1 A.B. (After Bryce). Rhodes shot absolutely absurdly in the first half to keep things close (82% in the second quarter -- !!!), but the 'Roos pulled away in the second half and the final score probably wasn't quite as close as the game ended up being, as the 'Roos emptied the bench at the end and the Lynx took advantage a little bit. Ann Savage led the nation in assist/turnover ratio last year and picked up where she left off, with 7 assists and 0 turnovers. Austin College's starters combined for 76 of the team's 89 points, with all five players reaching double figures.

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« Reply #1767 on: November 11, 2019, 03:21:14 pm »
No question that Trinity will see more Top 25 votes when the next poll is released (it's not this week because a bunch of teams haven't played yet). I was really impressed by the Tigers who played to two very good teams with very different styles. Abby Holland has great footwork and a bevy of moves. St. Thomas (as always) will be a tough match up for anyone.

Thanks, Gordon.  After watching GF play Trinity, and seeing them having to go to OT to beat ETBU yesterday, I wonder if the seniors are having an adjustment period with their new coach.   Happy to see Abby have a strong game against St. Thomas - she's been one of their rocks the last couple of years, and if they can get she and Ashlyn Milton on the floor at the same time (and stay out of foul trouble) it could open up the floor nicely. 

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« Reply #1768 on: November 18, 2019, 10:20:03 am »
Another nice win for Trinity last night, giving Hardin-Simmons (3-1) their first loss of the young season.  HSU opened their season with a 30-point plastering of TLU and their closest game of the year was a 20-point win over NAIA Arlington Baptist. Leading scorer for the Tigers was Emily Daniel with 24 (4-8 3FG), and Abby Holland added 20. 

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« Reply #1769 on: November 25, 2019, 09:29:57 am »
Austin and Trinity both got good wins this weekend, with the 'Roos (2-0) bombing Hendrix (2-2) on the road 95-53 (Kacie West led all scorers with 23 points,  Ally Longaker almost had a double-double with 12 points and 9 boards).   Trinity took the 6+ hour bus ride to Marshall, where after a slow start the visiting Tigers beat their home-standing ETBU (2-3) counterparts 69-60.   Abby Holland had 20 points, 10 boards, and 6 steals (with zero turnovers) to lead the way for Trinity.

The Tigers are off until December 15, when they play their last home game of the year against the UT-D Comets (1-2); Austin gets UT-D in Richardson on Tuesday for their next game.   This should be a strong challenge for both schools with the Comets returning 4 starters and 13 players from last year's ASC championship-winning team.   UT-D, ranked #7 in the d3hoops preaseon top 25, is 1-2 with close losses at Wheaton (#14) and Chicago (#18).

Elsewhere in the SCAC:  The only SCAC  team besides AC and TU on the good side of .500 is St. Thomas (3-2), who despite a 30-10 disparity at the foul line took UMHB (2-1, narrow loss to #5 NAIA D1 Wayland Baptist) to OT before falling 85-77.   After starting the season 0-3, Southwestern won a pair over Concordia (1-4), 63-56, and Howard Payne (1-2), 65-64.   TLU dropped both games this weekend, 58-60 to McMurry (4-1) and 53-75 to Hardin-Simmons (5-1).  At 0-5, the Bulldogs are still looking for their first victory of the season.   Centenary (0-4), JWU-Denver (0-3), and Schreiner (0-4) are also winless on the year.