For just the second time ever, Angelo State Belles basketball is in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. The Belles can reach the Elite Eight for the first time if ASU ends the nation’s longest home-winning streak and wins at Lubbock Christian tonight at 8pm in the South Central regional final. The Belles, the #4 seed in the South Central region are 26-5, while LCU, the #3 seed is 28-5 on the season. Last season, the Belles and LCU played in the South Central regional semifinals, and the Belles lost 61-59. If the Belles can pull off the victory, they’ll end two impressive streaks for LCU. First, the Lady Chaps haven’t lost a home game since January 1st, 2015, and they’ve won 64 consecutive home games, tied for the third longest home winning streak in Division II history. Also, Lubbock Christian has never lost a game in the NCAA South Central regional, a record of 11-0, and the Lady Chaps will look to make the Elite Eight for the third time in four years. The Elite Eight is the equivalent of the Final Four for Division II and the Elite Eight will be held in Columbus, Ohio. Follow the Belles at Lubbock Christian tonight at 7:40, tipoff at 8, on 100.1 COOL-FM.
The Angelo State softball team got their swagger back over the weekend after a three-game series sweep of Midwestern State from Mayer Field. The Rambelles softball team has won five in a row to improve to 22-9 overall and 9-6 in the LSC. Head coach Travis Scott picked up his 800th win on Friday night. Jade Strother had a big weekend with two homers and seven RBI including a grand slam. ASU softball will travel to UT-Permian Basin this weekend.
The bracket is set for March Madness, and this season, there are only five universities from the state of Texas in the 68-team field that makes up the NCAA Division I men’s tournament. For the first time in six years since Abilene Christian became a Division I program, the Wildcats are headed to the NCAA tournament after beating New Orleans to win the Southland Conference. Abilene Christian is 27-6 and a #15 seed and will face another Wildcats team who’s 27-6, #2 Kentucky, at 6:10 on Thursday night from Jacksonville. Former San Angelo Central standout, Kolton Kohl, has played in 30 games this season for ACU.