Sports Notes Feb.3 2005

Sports Notes

The Week Ahead

Texas A&M International University will play the first two of eight February road games this week. TAMIU travels to Austin to face Huston-Tillotson on Saturday before traveling to Houston to face Red River Athletic Conference perennial power Houston Baptist on Monday.

Huston-Tillotson (0-18 overall) is at the bottom of the RRAC standings with a 0-11 conference mark while Houston Baptist (14-6 overall) is tied for the conference lead with Langston with an 11-1 conference mark. TAMIU is 2-1 all-time against HTC and 0-3 against HBU.

The Program & Head Coach

The Texas A&M International University 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 19-34.

Probable Starters

 

No Name Pos Ht. Wt. Cl/Exp. PPG RPG
3 Gabe Weinholtz G 6-0 180 Fr./HS 7.2 2.4
21 Hector Garza G 6-4 190 So./1L 14.0 4.9
23 Keith Simpson F 6-6 220 Sr./1L 18.1 5.3
30 D.J. Firova F 6-4 175 So./1L 6.9 2.4
42 Kyle Edwards C 6-10 220 Sr./TR 9.6 8.0
               

 

Key Reserves

No Name Pos Ht. Wt. Cl/Exp. PPG RPG
00 Bo Aluka G 6-3 175 Jr./TR 6.4 2.9
10 Michael Starks G 6-1 165 Jr./HS 1.6 1.1
11 Reggie Lopez G 6-1 175 Jr./HS 2.7 0.9
32 Aaron Garza F 6-5 205 Sr./HS 4.8 4.5
               
               

Postseason Tournament Set

The 2005 Red River Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament will be held Mar. 3-5 on the Southwestern Assemblies of God University campus in Waxahachie. The top eight teams in the regular season standings will qualify for postseason play. Quarterfinal round games will be played on Mar. 3, semifinal round games on Mar. 4 and the championship game on Mar. 5. The RRAC receives two automatic bids to the NAIA National Tournament.

Noteworthy

TAMIU will conclude the regular season by playing eight of nine games on the road. All eight road games are against Red River Athletic competition but that may not be such a bad thing considering that TAMIU has a 2-1 conference road record this season ... Senior Kyle Edwards notched his fifth double-double of the season in Monday's win over Bacone College, finishing with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Ironically, TAMIU has a 1-4 record in games in which Edwards achieves double-double status ... Junior Bo Aluka scored in double-figures for the first time in 10 games by contributing 14 points in Monday's win over Bacone. Aluka has scored in double-figures five times with a season-high 16 points in a win over UT-Permian Basin on Dec. 18.

The Week Ahead

Texas A&M International University will play the first two of eight February road games this week. TAMIU travels to Austin to face Huston-Tillotson on Saturday before trekking to Houston to face Red River Athletic Conference and NAIA national power Houston Baptist on Monday.

Huston-Tillotson enters play this week with a 5-7 conference and 5-14 overall record. Houston Baptist starts the week with a 12-0 conference and 20-2 overall record. HBU, which has won five straight RRAC titles, has been ranked in the top-five of the NAIA national rankings all season long.

The Program & Head Coach

The Texas A&M International University 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 25-30.

Probable Starters

No Name Pos. Ht. Cl/Exp. PPG RPG
22 Gloria Miller G 5-7 Jr./1L 5.7 2.4
30 Jermina Tomlinson G 5-6 So./1L 16.2 5.6
11 Becky Mata F 5-7 Fr./HS 5.4 4.3
20 Vanessa Villarreal F 5-10 So./1L 18.8 6.0
24 Lizzy Herrera C 6-1 So./1L 4.8 4.6
             

 

Key Reserves

No Name Pos. Ht. Cl/Exp. PPG RPG
00 Nicole Gipson C 6-2 Fr./HS 4.3 5.8
05 Cathy García F 5-8 So./1L 5.5 1.2
13 Valerie Villanueva G 5-4 Fr./HS 3.4 1.5
15 Megan DeNure G 5-3 Fr./HS 2.9 1.3
25 LeaAnn Killian F 5-10 Jr./TR 4.2 3.2
             

 

Postseason Tournament Set

The 2005 Red River Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Tournament will be held Mar. 3-5 in Waxahachie. The top eight teams in the regular season standings will qualify for postseason play. Quarterfinal round games will be played on Mar. 3 at Waxahachie High School, followed by semifinal round games on Mar. 4 and the championship game on Mar. 5 on the campus of Southwestern Assemblies of God University. The RRAC receives two automatic bids to the NAIA National Tournament.

Noteworthy

Junior LeaAnn Killian recorded season-high totals for points (12) and steals (5) in Monday's win over Bacone College ... TAMIU has a 1-10 record this season when scoring 77 or less points and a 10-0 mark when scoring 78 or more points in a game. The only win when scoring less than 77 points was a 74-73 win over St. Mary's, a victory secured by buzzer beater by Gloria Miller.


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