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Jul 17 -- HSU Women’s Basketball Named Top D-III Team in Academics
The Hardin-Simmons University women’s basketball team was named the top Division III team in the nation in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s Academic Top 25 on Monday. The Cowgirls had a team grade point average of 3.664. Only one other team in the nation at any level, Division I’s South Dakota State (3.693), had a higher GPA.

May 21 -- UTD's Baker Chosen for NCAA National Leadership Conference
Ericka Baker of American Southwest Conference member University of Texas at Dallas has been chosen to attend the NCAA National Leadership Conference, to be held May 27-31 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Baker (Copperas Cove, Texas), who completed her junior season as an all-division basketball player for the ASC Championship Tournament participant Comets this past winter, was one of 355 student-athletes selected from a pool of 1,316 by a national committee.

Apr 9 -- ASC Represented on National, Regional Basketball Awards Lists
12 student-athletes and one head coach from men’s and women’s basketball teams in the ASC earned prestigious honors this season on either the national or regional level by coaches’ associations and media. Five players were cited for All-America citations, two were named Jostens Trophy Finalists and one was named regional player of the year.

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Mar 9 -- Basketball Seasons Come To End for Miss. College Men, Howard Payne Women
The No. 3-ranked Mississippi College men and the No. 2-ranked Howard Payne women, the last two American Southwest Conference basketball teams remaining in NCAA tournament play, each dropped their respective sectional games on Friday night. MC fell 81-55 to host and No. 4 Virginia Wesleyan in Norfolk, Va., while HPU dropped a 47-44 decision to Puget Sound in Decorah, Iowa. MC wrapped up its season with a 27-3 record ­ the second best finish in school history. HPU capped its run at a program-record mark of 28-2. Both the Choctaws and Lady Jackets were ASC champions.
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Mar 4 -- Remaining ASC Basketball Teams Hitting the Road
The No. 3-ranked Mississippi College men and the No. 2-ranked Howard Payne women will both be hitting the road for sectional action in their respective NCAA Division III basketball championship tournaments. MC (27-2) will travel to Norfolk, Va., to face host and fourth-ranked defending national champion Virginia Wesleyan (25-4) on Friday in a four-team bracket that also includes No. 19 Guildford College and Lincoln College (20-8). HPU (28-1) will travel to Decorah, Iowa, and open against Puget Sound (23-6) on Friday. The other teams dueling will be host and No. 25-ranked Luther (24-4) and No. 11 Washington-St. Louis (22-5).

Mar 3 -- No. 2 Howard Payne Women Cruise in Front of Record Crowd
The second-ranked Howard Payne Lady Jackets defeated Chapman University in the second round of the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship tournament on Saturday in front of an all-time record crowd of 4,356 at Brownwood Coliseum. The fan total passed the mark of 4,001 set by UW-Oshkosh and Mount Union in the 1996 national title game. HPU and McMurry broke the regular season attendance record (3,650) in the ASC title game last weekend.

No. 12 McMurry Women Bow Out of NCAA Tournament
No. 12-ranked McMurry closed to within four points of Puget Sound with three minutes remaining in the first round NCAA Division III women's basketball national tournament, but McMurry could not get any closer and dropped a 69-57 decision to the Loggers. The 2007 ASC tournament finalists ended their season at 24-5.

ASC Teams Ready to Begin NCAA Tournament
Four basketball teams from the American Southwest Conference are set to begin play in the NCAA national tournament. On the men’s side, No. 3-ranked Mississippi College will host a four-team field that also includes fellow ASC member Mary Hardin-Baylor. Games are Friday. On the women’s side, No. 2 Howard Payne received the only first-round bye in the entire field and will play host to Chapman on Saturday. No. 12 McMurry plays at Puget Sound on Friday.

2007 ASC Women's Basketball Championship: Howard Payne Prevails to Win Title
Meia Daniels and third-ranked Howard Payne prevailed 49-40 over No. 10 McMurry to claim the American Southwest Conference women’s basketball championship on Sunday afternoon in front of 3,850 fans at Brownwood Coliseum. West Division top seed HPU (27-1) won its second conference title in three years, while McMurry (24-4), the second seed from the West and the only team to have beaten the Lady Jackets this season, was denied a chance at back-to-back titles. Daniels, a 5-8 junior guard, was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player after averaging 22 points, seven rebounds and 3.7 steals over HPU’s three wins.

Feb 24 -- 2007 ASC Women's Basketball Championship Semifinals: No. 3 Howard Payne, No. 10 McMurry Set for Wild West Showdown for ASC Title
No. 3 Howard Payne and No. 10 McMurry -- both West Division teams -- prevailed on Saturday in the semifinals of the American Southwest Conference Women’s Basketball Championship at Brownwood Coliseum and will square off at 2 p.m. Sunday for the conference championship. McMurry, the defending ASC champion, is the only team that has defeated HPU this season -- a 61-60 decision on January 27. However, the Lady Jackets collected a 72-55 home victory over McMurry one week later. Each team hasn’t dropped a game since those losses.

Feb 23 -- 2007 ASC Women's Basketball Championship: Nationally-Ranked Teams Live Up to Billing on First Day
All three nationally-ranked West Division teams ­ host Howard Payne, McMurry and Hardin-Simmons ­ held steady on Friday in the opening round of the eight-team, single elimination American Southwest Conference Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament at Brownwood Coliseum. East Texas Baptist, which began receiving votes in the latest national poll, was the only East Division squad to claim a victory.

Feb 22 -- Mary Hardin-Baylor’s Guyden, Mississippi College’s Kennedy Named Jostens Trophy Finalists
UMHB's Guyden, MC's Kennedy Named Jostens Trophy Finalists Mary Hardin-Baylor senior guard Kevin Guyden and Mississippi College senior forward Lacey Kennedy have been named one of 10 finalists for the 2007 Jostens Trophy, an award honoring the most outstanding men’s and women’s basketball player at the NCAA Division III level.

Feb 20 -- ASC Weekly Basketball Reports
Weekly Basketball ReportsThese weekly reports cover ASC men's and women's basketball action. Player spotlights, team capsules, and more. They're in PDF. ASC Championship Tournament information is included.
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Feb 17 -- Third-Ranked Howard Payne Set to Host ASC Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament
Howard Payne University lost just one regular season game and posted a league mark of 20-1 to claim the American Southwest Conference West Division crown and the right to host the 2007 ASC Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament beginning on Friday and lasting through Sunday.

Texas-Tyler Hardin-Simmons
Sarah Stanley Tarra Richardson

University of Texas at Tyler and Hardin-Simmons University are the women's basketball teams to beat in the ASC this coming season. Individually, UT-Tyler's Sarah Stanley (left) and McMurry's Tarra Richardson have been tabbed as division players of the year.

Oct 18 -- Texas-Tyler, Hardin-Simmons Predicted to Rise Above Crowd at Top for Women’s Basketball Division Championships
University of Texas at Tyler and Hardin-Simmons University have been predicted to narrowly win the 2006-07 American Southwest Conference East and West Division women’s basketball titles, respectively, after a vote of each the division’s head coaches and sports information directors as well as selected media members. Head coach Terri Deike’s Texas-Tyler Patriots received the East’s top nod by a single point over Mississippi College, while only three points separated head coach Shanna Briggs’ Hardin-Simmons Cowgirls from McMurry in the West.

Oct 18 -- -Tyler's Stanley, McMurry's Richardson Named Preseason Players of Year
University of Texas at Tyler guard Sarah Stanley and McMurry University post Tarra Richardson have received 2006-07 American Southwest Conference preseason player of the year honors out of the East and West Division, respectively, after a vote of each division’s head coaches and sports information directors as well as selected media members.

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