The NCAA indoor track and field season started last week and Grand Saline product Colton Ross made a splash at the Texas A&M Invitational. Ross, a junior at Stephen F. Austin, cleared 17 feet, 10½ inches to win the event by nearly 10 inches. Ross’ vault puts him No. 4 in the nation in the indoor season so far. It also represents a huge jump for Ross in the indoor arena. His top vault at the Southland Conference Indoor Championships last year was 16-4¾, which was good for second place.
Ross is the defending Southland Conference outdoor champion in the pole vault after clearing 16-6 3/4 last year.
Ross and the rest of the Lumberjacks are in action again on Jan. 25-26 at the Houston Invitational and Multi’s. The Lumberjacks make other indoor stops at Iowa State and Oklahoma before competing in the SLC Indoor Championships in Norman, Okla., on Feb. 22-23.
Sanders keeping ACU in LSC women’s race
Former Spring Hill guard Shannon Sanders has Abilene Christian in the thick of the women’s basketball race in the Lone Star Conference.
ACU is second in the Lone Star Conference through Tuesday, with a record of 10-3 overall and 5-2 in conference.
Sanders, who has started each of ACU’s first 13 games, isn’t scoring many points, averaging just 2.2 points per game. But she is fourth on the team in assists and steals and is pitching in nearly four rebounds per game. She is averaging 16.1 minutes per contest.
ACU is coming off a 10-point win over Incarnate Word on Tuesday. ACU travels to Angelo State on Saturday.
LeTOURNEAU’S BROWN among asc leaders
LeTourneau freshman forward Ladaria Brown, who went to high school at Henderson, is among the Top 20 scorers in the American Southwest Conference.
Brown, after 15 games, was ranked No. 17 in scoring in the ASC averaging 12.5 points per game. That also makes him LeTourneau’s second-leading scorer.
Brown has attempted (60) and made (21) more 3-pointers than anyone at LeTourneau this year, and leads the team in free throws made and attempted. He is also second on the team in offensive rebounds per game and third on the team in assists per game.
LeTourneau (6-10, 3-7 in ASC) plays UT Tyler today in Tyler.
ASHLEY PACING LETOURNEAU WOMEN
Andrea Ashley, a junior forward for the LeTourneau women’s basketball team, is providing her team a lift despite an under-.500 record so far this season.
Ashley played her high school basketball in Kilgore. She leads LeTourneau in scoring with 12.2 points per game, having started all 15 of her team’s game through Tuesday.
Ashley also leads the team in rebounds (7.5 per game), offensive rebounds (3.5 per game) and steals (1.9 per game). Among ASC players, Ashley is in the Top 11 in both scoring and rebounding.
LeTourneau heads to Tyler to face UT Tyler today.
cushing’s davis leading ut dallas women
The UT Dallas women’s basketball team is having a great season, with a 9-2 record in American Southwest Conference action and a 13-4 record overall. Cushing product Jo’Anna Davis, a sophomore guard, is a big reason why.
Davis is UT Dallas’ second-leading scorer so far this season with 11.4 points per game, despite not having started a single game. In fact, her conference scoring average has gone up to 12.1 points per game. Her overall scoring average puts her among the Top 15 scorers in the ASC.
Davis also leads UT Dallas in 3-pointers made with 29.
After today’s visit to Mississippi College, her three contests after that bring her to East Texas, with games at LeTourneau (Jan. 24), UT Tyler (Jan. 31) and East Texas Baptist (Feb. 2).
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