WACO, Texas -- Bryan Kaase of the University of St. Thomas (Texas) claimed the Red River Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week award for the dates of Dec. 2-8, the sixth award of the 2013-14 season.
Kaase, a senior forward from Spring, Texas, posted averages of 21.0 points and 11.5 rebounds per game in a 2-0 week for the Celts. His double-double effort (15 points, 14 boards) propelled UST to a 71-57 victory over conference foe Jarvis Christian College (Texas). Kaase also recorded 27 points and nine rebounds to topple Texas College, 85-77. He was 17-of-28 (60.5%) from field goal range on the week. The Celts moved to 2-0 in conference play and 5-5 on the season.
WACO, Texas -- Danisha Shaw of Wiley College (Texas) was named the Red River Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week for dates of Dec. 2-8, the sixth weekly award of the 2013-14 season.
Shaw, a senior guard from Kenner, La., set or tied six personal records in the Lady Wildcats' 106-77 victory over the University of the Southwest (N.M.) on Thursday. The new marks included 35 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and 14 field goals made. Shaw added seven steals for good measure, as Wiley improved to 1-0 in the RRAC and 8-1 on the season.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa -- UT-Brownsville completed a perfect season with victories in the semifinals and finals of the 2013 NAIA Volleyball National Championship on Saturday. The Ocelots first vanquished Wayland Baptist, 3-1, in the semis then swept third-seeded Biola University (Calif.), 3-0, in the title match. UTB finished the season at 37-0, claiming its second national title in three years. The Ocelots won the title in 2011 with a 32-2 record.
Trailing for nearly the entire first set of the championship match, UTB grabbed its first lead at 25-24. Biola tied it at 25 but the Ocelots scored the final two points off kills by Xiaoyu Guo and Danica Markovic to take the first set.The Ocelots scored the first four points and led most of the way in set two until a late Biola charge tied it at 22. Still tied at 25, the Ocelots got a kill by Vanja Joksic, followed by an Eagles attack error giving UTB a 2-0 lead. (continued)