A closer look at the South Central Region teams

After winning the South Central Region title last year, Sharaya Selsor and the Colorado Mesa Mavericks are the No. 2 seed in this year’s regional. Selsor was a key contributor to last season’s senior-dominated team and is one of six seniors on this year’s Mesa team. Selsor is the leading scorer in the South Central Region — and second-leading scorer in the nation — averaging 24.3 points per game.

Taylor Fox averages 13.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, tops for CSU-Pueblo, which earned the No. 4 seed, the ThunderWolves’ highest in six regional trips.

Malika Jackson averages 16.5 points and 9.2 rebounds per game for the Dustdevils, who are making their first regional appearance.

Chontiquah White is the
second-leading scorer and rebounder for West Texas A&M, the No. 1 seed in the region.

Jackie Woods is the leading scorer for St. Mary’s University.

Ronnie Hearne has led TexAnns to six regionals

MADDIE WHEELER Leading scorer at 16.3 ppg for Hilltoppers

Andrea Carter is the leading scorer and rebounder for the Mustangs, who return most of their team from last year’s regional runner-up.

KIARA WRIGHT Leading scorer, rebounder for Tarleton State

ERICA ROUSCULP Leading rebounder at 8.8 rpg for
St. Edward’s

West Texas A&M University

Conference: Lone Star Conference

Seed: 1.

Record: 27-2.

National Ranking: 5.

Coach: Mark Kellogg, 1st season, 27-2.

Regional history: 20th appearance, 22-19 (includes Elite 8 appearances); 4 regional championships, national runner-up 1987, 1988.

Leading scorers: Devin Griffin, 5-10 Sr. F, 14.9; Chontiquah White, 5-11 Jr. F/C, 13.6; Casey Land, 5-9 Sr. G, 11.9

Leading rebounders: Griffin, 6.9; White, 6.6

About the Buffs: West Texas won its 12th Lone Star tournament championship, the most in league history. ... The Buffs’ 14-game winning streak is its longest since 2007-08. ... Griffin, White and Land have all scored more than 1,000 points in their careers. ... Griffin and White have more than 500 career rebounds. ... Coach Mark Kellogg, the Lone Star coach of the year, was the head coach at Fort Lewis from 2005-12, leading the Skyhawks to the NCAA Division II championship game in 2010.

Colorado Mesa University

Conference: Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference

Seed: 2.

Record: 28-1.

National Ranking: 4.

Coach: Taylor Wagner, 2nd season, 57-3.

Regional history: 3rd appearance, 3-1; 2013 champion.

Leading scorers: Sharaya Selsor, 5-9 Sr. G, 24.3; Aubry Boehme, 6-1 Sr. C, 14.8; Christen Lopez, 5-4 Sr. G, 9.3.

Leading rebounders: Hannah Pollart, 6-0 Sr. F, 6.1; Taylor Rock, 5-10 Sr. G, 5.8; Boehme, 5.3.

About the Mavericks: Colorado Mesa enters the national tournament ranked second in Division II in scoring defense (56.1) and fourth in scoring margin (19.9) ... Selsor is second in the nation in scoring (24.3) ... Boehme is third in the nation in field goal percentage (61.3) ... Selsor’s 40-point game against Chadron State is tied for eighth in Division II for single-game scoring this season. ... In the RMAC Shootout semifinals and championship game, the Mavericks had 44 assists on 52 made baskets, 22 for 26 each night. ... Colorado Mesa was ranked No. 2 in the nation for five straight weeks, its highest ranking in school history. ... One current player, Pollart, has played in the First United Bank Center in Canyon. Pollart scored six points and had eight rebounds against West Texas A&M last season when she was playing for Cameron (Okla.) University. ... The Mavericks’ 25-game winning streak is the best in school history.

Tarleton State University

Conference: Lone Star Conference

Seed: 3.

Record: 21-8.

National Ranking: receiving votes.

Coach: Ronnie Hearne, 11th season, 211-106.

Regional history: 6th appearance, record not available.

Leading scorers: Kiara Wright, 6-1 Sr. C, 20.1; Brianna Bledsoe, 5-8 Sr. G, 12.0; Kathy Thomas, 5-7 Jr. G, 9.8.

Leading rebounders: Wright, 12.5; Bledsoe, 4.8.

About the TexAnns: This is Tarleton’s fifth straight regional appearance. ... The TexAnns average 17 assists per game and 8.5 steals per game. ... Coach Ronnie Hearne has led Tarleton to all six of its regional playoff berths. ... Wright was a first-team All-American last season and the South Central Region player of the year. Her brother, Kendall Wright, played football at Baylor and now is with the Tennessee Titans. ... Wright is third in the nation in rebounding. ... Her 21 double-doubles are third in the nation.

Colorado State University-Pueblo

Conference: Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference

Seed: 4.

Record: 22-8.

National Ranking: receiving votes.

Coach: Kip Drown, 9th season, 177-87.

Regional history: 6th appearance, 1-5.

Leading scorers: Taylor Fox, 6-2 Sr. W, 13.8; Paige Ramm, 5-8 Sr. W, 12.1; Dee Arrieta, 5-4 Soph. PG, 11.0.

Leading rebounders: Fox, 7.8; Katie Nehf, 6-2 Jr. P, 6.7.

About the ThunderWolves: CSU-Pueblo started the season 3-3, then won seven straight to open RMAC play before losing to CMU 83-42 in January. The ThunderWolves lost to Midwestern State to open the season and also lost at West Texas A&M. ... The No. 4 seed is Pueblo’s highest in its six regional trips. ... Its 22 wins ties the school record for wins; the 2008-09 team finished 22-9. ... Coach Kip Drown has taken the T-Wolves to the NCAA playoffs all six times in school history. ... Drown said he was happy the ThunderWolves will play a team they haven’t faced this season and joked although he likes Mark Kellogg, who used to coach at Fort Lewis, he’d be OK if he didn’t see him on the opposite bench this weekend, or CMU’s Taylor Wagner, for that matter. ... The ThunderWolves bused to Texas; only two teams, Colorado Mesa and Texas A&M International, flew. All the other teams were inside the NCAA cutoff of 500 miles from the host site required to fly.

St. Mary’s University

Conference: Heartland Conference

Seed: 5.

Record: 19-9.

National Ranking: not ranked.

Coach: Jason Martens, 8th season, 152-79.

Regional history: 5th appearance, 1-6.

Leading scorers: Jackie Woods, 5-7 Sr. G, 17.0; Morgan Pullins, 6-0 Jr. F, 14.4; Dezirae Elias, 5-3 Soph. G, 10.3.

Leading rebounders: Kiara Etheridge, 5-11 Fr. G/F, 8.3; Pullins, 8.2.

About the Rattlers: This is the first time St. Mary’s has played CSU-Pueblo. ... Woods was an honorable mention All-American last season and is a two-time first-team all-conference player. She is third in school history with a career scoring average of 17 points per game and is fifth all-time in scoring with 1,244 points. ... Elias is first in single-season steals, averaging three per game and second in steals with 78, seven off the school single-season record. ... Pullins has 100 blocks, third all-time at St. Mary’s, and has 11 double-doubles this season. ... Etheridge had 20 rebounds in her second collegiate game, breaking the school single-game rebounding record.

Texas A&M University International

Conference: Heartland Conference

Seed: 6.

Record: 19-8.

National Ranking: Receiving votes.

Coach: Michelle Bento-Jackson, 2nd season, 29-24.

Regional history: 1st appearance, 0-0.

Leading scorers: Malika Jackson, 6-0 Sr. F, 16.5; Samantha Chacon, 5-10 Sr. G, 16.0; Tina Dag, 5-5 Sr. G, 10.9.

Leading rebounders: Jackson, 9.2; Alexis Thomas, 5-9 Jr. G, 6.8.

About the Dustdevils: Texas A&M International has outscored its opponents 947-792 in the first half of games this season, but only 990-971 in the second half. ... The Dustdevils won their first Heartland Conference regular-season championship and hosted the conference tournament. They lost to St. Edward’s in the tournament semifinals but secured an at-large bid when St. Edward’s won the tournament. ... This is TAMUI’s first winning season since joining Division II in 2007-08. ... Last season, the Dustdevils were one game shy of qualifying for the four-team Heartland Conference tournament.

Midwestern State University

Conference: Lone Star Conference

Seed: 7.

Record: 18-11

National Ranking: not ranked.

Coach: Noel Johnson, 6th season, 90-76.

Regional history: 4th appearance, 2-3.

Leading scorers: Andrea Carter, 5-10 Jr., 16.4; Kirsti Degelia, 5-8 Sr. G, 11.1; Dianna Jones, 5-9 Jr. G, 9.7.

Leading rebounders: Carter, 9.0; Shatoia Gober, 5-8 Jr. G, 4.9.

About the Mustangs: Midwestern State opened the season ranked 10th in the nation but finished fourth in the Lone Star. ... The Mustangs have played eight games against teams in the national tournament, with one win, against CSU-Pueblo in the season opener. They lost three times to West Texas A&M, twice to Tarleton State and once to Texas A&M International and Emporia State, the No. 1 seed in the Central Region. ... Degelia is seventh all-time in scoring at Midwestern and is 13 points shy of 1,400 in her career. ... Carter is sixth all-time in rebounding with 750 and has 1,069 career points in three years. She has 10 double-doubles this season.

St. Edward’s University

Conference: Heartland Conference

Seed: 8.

Record: 19-8.

National Ranking: receiving votes.

Coach: J.J. Riehl, 2nd season, 32-22.

Regional history: 1st appearance, 0-0.

Leading scorers: Maddie Wheeler, 5-9 Jr. G, 16.3; Mileka Loydrake, 5-6 Rfr. G, 14.4; Erika Rousculp, 10.7.

Leading rebounders: Rousculp, 8.8, Kathleen Brisbane, 5-11 Jr. F, 5.8, Valencia White, 6-0 Sr. F, 5.8.

About the Hilltoppers: St. Edward’s started the season 7-0, then lost to Fort Lewis 78-76 in overtime before winning its next three games ... After beating top-seeded Texas A&M International in the conference tournament semifinals, the Hilltoppers won the automatic bid to the national tournament with an 83-71 overtime win against St. Mary’s, scoring six straight points in the first minute of overtime. ... Loydrake scored 25 points in the title game and was selected the tournament MVP.


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