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Seniors Aneta Golawska and Zack Ingram have been named Mississippi College Merit Health Athletes of the Week, it was announced on Monday (Feb. 10). Golawska (Gdansk, Poland) went 2-0 in singles action and 1-0 in doubles action to open the 2020 season against Xavier (LA) and Loyola (LA). Ingram (Vestavia Hills, Ala.) tossed 6.0 innings, allowing just one hit and one unearned run, in an 11-1 win over Young Harris College on Sunday.
The Mississippi College women's basketball team snapped a two-game slide on Saturday, Jan. 4 as it topped Shorter University, 78-70, inside A.E. Wood Coliseum. MC improved to 6-6 on the season and 3-3 in Gulf South Conference play. SU fell to 0-10 and 0-5 in the league. Three Lady Choctaws scored in double figures led by Zariah Matthews with 21 points. Coco Hobson notched her fourth double-double of the season with 15 points and 17 rebounds. Shanell Kitchens added 17 points while Mikeba Jones joined Hobson in double figures on the glass with a career-high 10. MC shot 40 percent from the floor, including 5-for-15 from behind the arc, and connected on 81 percent from the free throw line.
Sophomore Hannah Creel has been named the Gulf South Conference Softball Co-Pitcher of the Week, it was announced on Tuesday (Feb. 11). Creel (McComb, Miss.) tossed a complete game, allowing just four hits and one unearned run, in an 8-1 win over #2 Texas A&M-Kingsville on Saturday.
Mississippi College's Chauncey Callier was named Gulf South Conference Player of the Week, as announced by the conference office on Tuesday, Feb. 18, for his efforts this weekend against the University of West Alabama. Callier led the Choctaws at the plate in the GSC-opening weekend sweep of the Tigers. The Mobile, Ala., senior hit .545 over the three games, including four extra-base hits. He connected on a pair of home runs in the second game of the series that cemented the Choctaws series-clinching victory. His four home runs this season sit atop the leaders in the conference.
Seniors Chauncey Callier and Zariah Matthews have been named Mississippi College Merit Health Athletes of the Week, it was announced on Monday (Feb. 17). Callier leads the GSC in home runs with four and third in the league in slugging percentage with an .821. Matthews leads the Gulf South Conference in steals per game (3.0), third in assists per game (4.7) and 11th in scoring (14.9).
Mississippi College's Marina Rizk and Tytavia Hardy claimed conference championships as the men's and women's indoor track and field teams had a successful debut in the Inaugural Gulf South Conference Championships at the Birmingham Crossplex.
Kitchens (Jackson, Miss.) recorded a pair of career-highs as the Lady Choctaws went 1-1 during the week. Kitchens posted a career-best with 22 points to lead MC to its first ever win over Union University and added a career-high and GSC-best nine steals. The nine swipes rank sixth in NCAA Division II this season. The Ridgeland, Miss., sophomore played all 45 minutes in the victory against the conference's previously, top ranked team. Kitchens started the week with a roster-best 18 points against Christian Brothers and added three steals and three assists in the contest. McManus (Trussville, Ala.) recorded one of the three event titles for the Mississippi College indoor track and field at the Samford Invitational over the weekend. McManus recorded a personal best in the men's long jump with a distance of 22'10 to take home the crown. His leap ranks third in the NCAA Division II South Region.
Mississippi College's indoor track and field team grabbed some hardware at the Inaugural Gulf South Conference Championships with 17 total medals, including five championships while Daviciea McCartney and Tytavia Hardy each picked up special recognition from the championships. The Choctaws and Lady Choctaws each finished fourth in the team standings. Hardy was named the Most Outstanding Women's Overall and Field Performer while McCartney was recognized as the Most Outstanding Men's Freshman Performer.
Matthews (Bogue Chitto, Miss.) posted two stellar scoring performances over the week as she led the Lady Choctaws with 21.5 points per game. Matthews started the week with a career-high and roster-best 22 points against the University of West Georgia on Thursday as she shot 81.8 percent from the floor, including a clip of 66.7 from behind the arc. She came within one point of equaling her career-best on on Saturday in the win against Shorter University as she totaled 21 points on 6-for-12 shooting and 3-for-5 from the 3-point line. The Bogue Chitto, Miss., senior shot 65.2 percent from the field in the two contests and was perfect from the free throw line. Matthews totaled seven rebounds, eight assists and seven steals for the week.
Mississippi College rookie Rayne Minor has been named the Gulf South Conference Softball Freshman of the Week, it was announced on Tuesday (Feb. 4). Minor (Denham Springs, La.) hit .563 and went 5-of-5 on stolen bases as the Lady Choctaw softball team opened the year with a pair of wins at the Gulf Coast Invitational in Gulf Shores, Ala.
Lady Choctaws Win Over Valdosta State The Mississippi College women's basketball team stunned Valdosta State University, 77-64, as MC snapped the Red and Black's five-game win streak. The Lady Choctaws improved their win streak to two straight - both coming against opponents from the Peach State. The win ended a four-game, losing streak in the series to the Lady Blazers and gave the Navy and Gold its first victory in Valdosta since Jan. 21, 2017.
For the first time since 2009, the Mississippi College volleyball team has made the conference postseason. The last postseason appearance came in the American Southwest Conference Tournament in Richardson, Texas. The berth marks the first trip to the Gulf South Conference Tournament since 1994. The clinch comes despite a straight-set setback at the University of West Georgia on Friday, Nov. 15. MC faces Valdosta State on Saturday, Nov. 16 to decide its seeding in the tournament. First serve in Valdosta is set for Noon central. Kendall Platt led the Choctaws with 12 kills and grabbed 14 digs at UWG. Lexie Laurendine finished second on the squad with nine kills followed by Jamie Boros with eight. Levi Lennard dished out a team-best 18 assists while Laurendine added 13. Julia Martin led the team with 17 digs while Kate Basschimed in five total blocks with three coming from Autumn Frost. The Choctaws recorded eight team blocks in the match. Game Score: Mississippi College 0 | West Georgia 3 Date: Friday, Nov. 15, 2019 Location: Carrollton, Ga. | The Coliseum Records: Choctaws 10-21, 5-10 GSC | Wolves 18-11, 12-3 GSC HOW IT HAPPENED - The Choctaws rallied from down 20-16 to knot the contest at 20-all on a Frost kill. The two teams tied again at 21-all before the Wolves took a 24-21 lead. MC fought off set-point for two points behind a kill from Boros and Laurendine, however, Tierra White closed the set with a kill to notch a 25-23. - MC battled back in the second set to tie the contest at 24-all after trailing 20-16. The two teams stood deadlocked three more times during the set, the last coming at 27-27, before an Anjelina Webb broke the tie with a kill and a Choctaw attack miscue sealed the set-in extra points at 29-27. - UWG jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the third, but MC cut the deficit to 20-17 on a block from Frost. UWG extended the lead to 23-19, but a Wolves' service error and a kill from Laurendine pulled the Navy and Gold to within 23-21. However, the Red and Blue finished off the set with the final two points. INSIDE THE BOX - The double-double marked a team-best 12th for Platt and the 19th of her career. - Platt has 17 kill performances this season, which is second on the team. - Bass moved to third in single-season total blocks with 105. She surpassed former Choctaw Katie Rowland's 2007 record of 103. - Frost moved to sixth in career total blocks with 185. She passed Jennifer Braswell (2005-06).
-- Mississippi College's Tytavia Hardy was named Gulf South Conference Field Athlete of the Week for her efforts at the Wendy's/Pittsburg State University Invitational, as announced by the conference office on Wednesday, Feb. 5. Hardy had a busy meet competing in three events at the Wendy's/Pittsburg State Invitational. The Pensacola, Fla., native placed third in the women's triple jump with a distance of 39'1.75. The distance sits in the top 20 in the nation. She added a 10th place finish in the women's high jump as she recorded a leap of 5'4.25 and followed that with a jump of 17'1.5 in the long jump to claim 19th.
Mississippi College's stellar equestrian team tied for team high point champion during recent competition in Texas. Knotted up against University of Texas and Louisiana State University, MC riders excelled on day two of the competition at Rice University in early February.
An MC senior, Feazelle was recently honored at the Superdome in New Orleans for his selection to the 2019 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. An MC Choctaws quarterback, Aaron is the first MC student-athlete named to the Good Works Team. Aaron's stellar work as a business administration major and participation in many community service projects helped the Diamondhead resident gain this prestigious honor. In February, Aaron will be among dozens of Mississippi students from institutions statewide recognized at the Capitol.
Matthews (Bogue Chitto, Miss.) posted another impressive week on the hardwood. Matthews averaged 18 points while shooting 41.7 percent from the field, including a clip of 46.7 from behind the arc, and 81.8 percent from the free throw line. She scored a career-high and roster-best 24 points in the setback at West Florida. It's her third 20-point, scoring effort of the season. She totaled 12 points in the upset at Valdosta State on Thursday. She finished the week with four rebounds, 11 assists and two steals over the course of the two games.
Congratulations to Mississippi College Alum Jamaya Carter for her acceptance to Kent State University's College of Podiatric Medicine.
Senior Zariah Matthews recorded a career-high in scoring. Matthews led the team with 24 points and surpassed her previous best of 22 set against West Georgia on Jan. 2, 2020. Shanell Kitchens added 12 points while Coco Hobson chimed in 11. Mikeba Jones grabbed a roster-best nine rebounds while Kaitlyn Thomson pulled down eight.
The Mississippi College women's soccer team had their 15-match winning streak snapped with a 1-0 loss to Lee University on Friday evening in the Gulf South Conference Semifinals at Ashton Brosnaham Park. The #5 Lady Choctaws (15-2) suffered their first defeat since the season-opener against Saint Leo (0-1) on September 6th. The Flames advance to face Montevallo for the GSC Championship on Sunday. HOW IT HAPPENED - Neither team was able to get many solid chances together in the early going until the Flames' Kelsey Yoder got behind the MC defense for the eventual game-winner in the 21st minute on an assist from Kate Dirkse. - The Lady Choctaws would put five shots on goal in the first half, but Lee would take the 1-0 lead into the break. - In the second half, both teams put together solid defensive efforts to keep the game scoreless over 45 minutes. - Senior Emma Claire Furman had an opportunity in the box in the 87th minute, but Taylor Green made the save for the Flames to keep the shutout. KEY STATS - The Lady Choctaws put up 11 shots with five coming on goal, while the Flames had seven shots with three on goal. - Senior Katie Taylor and freshman Erin Hederman led MC with three shots apiece, while Furman had a pair of shots on goal. - Riley Henry led all players with four shots for Lee. - Senior Gabby Kayser made two saves over 90 minutes for the Lady Choctaws, while Green made all five saves for the Flames. MATCH NOTES - MC is now 3-6-1 all-time against the Flames. - The teams have split their meetings over the last two seasons with MC winning the regular season contest and falling in tournament play.
Senior Lauren Kate Carter has been named the 2019 Gulf South Conference Women's Soccer Champion Scholar-Athlete.
Senior quarterback Detric Hawthorn has been named as one of 10 finalists for the 2019 C Spire Conerly Trophy, which annually honors the top four-year college football player in the State of Mississippi.
Seniors Lauren Kate Carter and Katie Taylor have been named to the 2019 CoSIDA Academic All-America Women's Soccer Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and was announced on Wednesday (Dec. 4).
The Mississippi College men's basketball team got 46 points from their bench on Thursday night in a 73-67 win over Talladega College in A.E. Wood Coliseum.