TAMIU Sports Notes -- Jan. 20, 2005
The Week Ahead
Texas A&M International University will end its longest break in
action for the season with two Red River Athletic Conference home games
in three days later this week. TAMIU will host Paul Quinn College on Saturday
and Southwestern Assemblies on Monday.
Paul Quinn enters play this week near the bottom on the RRAC standings
with a 1-6 conference mark (2-15 overall) while Southwestern Assemblies
is in fourth place with a 6-3 conference mark (8-11 overall). The Dustdevils
lost twice to Paul Quinn last season while splitting a pair of games with
The Program & Head Coach
The TAMIU men's basketball team is competing as a second year program
as members of the NAIA and Red River Athletic Conference. Tarvish Felton
(Southern Utah, 1999) was hired as TAMIU's first coach in September, 2002.
He guided the Dustdevils to a 10-22 record in the program's inaugural
campaign. Highlights of the 2003-04 season include a three-game winning
streak to close the season and a late-season win over NCAA Division II
stalwart Incarnate Word. Felton has a career and school record of 16-33.
After playing its next four games at the TAMIU Kinesiology and Convocation
Building the Dustdevils will conclude the 2004-05 regular season by playing
eight of its final nine games on the road. The lone home game in February
will be a Feb. 22 match-up with Texas College.
TAMIU is in fifth place in the Red River Athletic standings entering
play this week. The Dustdevils will get a shot at two top-four RRAC teams
within the next two weeks on the home court. After hosting Southwestern
Assemblies next Monday the Dustdevils will host Langston on Saturday,
Jan. 29. SAGU is currently in fourth place in the RRAC standings while
Langston sits atop the conference standings.
The Week Ahead
Starting with Tuesday night's non-conference road game at St. Mary's,
TAMIU will play four games over a seven-day period.
The Dustdevils will play three home games in three days beginning with
Saturday's Red River Athletic Conference tilt with Paul Quinn College.
Incarnate Word will then visit the TAMIU Kinesiology and Convocation
Building on Sunday for a non-conference game before RRAC foe Southwestern
Assemblies closes out the stretch on Monday.
The contests with St. Mary's and Incarnate Word, both NCAA Division
II institutions, will close-out the non-conference portion of TAMIU's
regular season schedule. The Dustdevils are 1-6 all-time against NCAAD
II competition with the win coming earlier this season against St. Edward's.
The Program & Head Coach
The TAMIU women's basketball team is competing as a second year program
as members of the NAIA and Red River Athletic
Conference. Head coach Marc García (Trinity, 1993) began the
task of building a new program in September, 2002. He guided the Dustdevils
to a 14-20 overall record in their inaugural season of competition, including
a 13-5 mark over the final 18 games. TAMIU finished fifth in the RRAC
regular season standings with a 12-10 record before advancing to the semifinal
round of the conference postseason tournament. García has a career
and school record of 21-28.
Sophomore Jermina Tomlinson finished with 14 points in Saturday's loss
to Texas A&M-Kingsville, marking her 11th straight game of scoring
in double-figures. Tomlinson's career-long stretch of 12 games scoring
in double-figures was accomplished last season ... Sophomore Cathy García
has stepped up her production over the last three games, averaging 9.7
points per game over that stretch. García averaged 3.8 points per
game for the first 12 games on the season. Her scoring binge has pushed
García's season scoring average to 5.0 points per game. She ranks
first on the squad in three-point field goal percentage (18 for 53, .340
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