published Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Tennessee Wesleyan women seeded No. 1 in AAC tourney

The Appalachian Athletic Conference is beginning its 2014 basketball tournaments Wednesday in Kingsport, Tenn., at the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center, and the Tennessee Wesleyan women and Union College men are the top seeds as the regular-season champions and already have spots in the NAIA Division II national tournaments. Bryan (19-10) is the women's third seed and plays Thursday at 9:15 p.m. against Reinhardt or St. Andrews. TWC's Lady Bulldogs (23-3) play at noon against the winner of Wednesday's game between Point and Truett-McConnell. Wesleyan's men (16-12) are seeded third and play at 5:15 p.m. Thursday against Virginia Intermont. The fifth-seeded Bryan Lions (15-14) face fourth seed Milligan at 10:15 a.m. Bryan's Brandon Cole was the AAC men's player of the week for the fifth time this season after averaging 36.3 points and 16 rebounds in three games. His three-point play at the end gave the Lions a one-point win Saturday.

• Sewanee sophomore Keshonn Carter was named Southern Athletic Association men's basketball player of the week after averaging 16.5 points, 11 rebounds and two steals in weekend wins over Rhodes and Hendrix.

• Differing free-throw success in the final two seconds helped the Lee University women's basketball team win its 13th game in a row Monday night, 58-54 at West Florida. An Argonaut missed two free throws with a chance to tie the game and Lee's Karley Miller rebounded the second and got fouled with 0.8 second left, and she made two. Hollie German scored 23 points and Jenna Adams added 10, and Adams and Rachel Lockhart each had six rebounds and three steals for the Gulf South Conference leaders, now 20-4 overall, 16-2 in the GSC. West Florida won the men's game 80-68 with a 33-16 surge in the final 13 minutes, leaving each team 5-13 in GSC play. Terrence Townes scored 22 points and Nate Johnson had 19 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for the Argonauts, who got another 19 points from Ellis Young. Cory Billingsley led Lee with 17, while Bryce Copeland and Valentino Thomas scored 11 apiece and Jamal Worthington tallied 10.

• Angel Foster scored 26 points on 11-of-15 shooting from the field and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Tennessee Temple women's basketball team won 75-59 Monday at Bob Jones University. Jessica Salera scored 13 points and Kristina Pumpure and TaQuasha O'Neal added 10 each for the Lady Crusaders (15-14), while Amanda Rector had eight assists.

Softball

• Cleveland State lost 7-6 and won 6-3 in a softball doubleheader Monday against visiting Gadsden State. The Lady Cougars (2-6) rallied from an error-fueled 7-1 deficit to get close in the first game, when Kristen Qualls hit a three-run triple in the bottom of the seventh inning but was left at third as the tying run. Perry Hindi and Miranda Smith had RBI singles earlier in the game for Cleveland State, and Hindi had a two-run single in support of Kelsey Haley's six-hit pitching in game two.

Baseball

• Covenant College sophomore Garrett Kriston was the USA South baseball pitcher of the week in recognition of his 10-strikeout one-hitter in a 2-0 win over Milligan, and the Scots' Jordan Lester was the rookie pitcher of the week. He pitched the last six innings in a 9-1 defeat of Milligan, allowing two hits and one run, which was unearned.

Tennis

• Covenant freshman Claire Luger was the USA South women's tennis player and rookie of the week after winning two doubles matches with Gretchen Rowe this past weekend and clinching a team victory over Agnes Scott with her win at No. 3 singles. A week earlier, Sewanee sophomore Annie Veron was the Southern Athletic Association women's tennis player of the week.

Lacrosse

• Sewanee junior midfielder Sally Anne Greenwood was the SAA women's lacrosse defensive player of the week for her performances in wins over Rhodes and Huntingdon. In addition to contributing four assists and a goal to the offense, she was credited with 11 ground balls and 12 draw controls.

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