Pair of Bears named MSC Players of the Week

Bret Bevens, PDT Sports Writer

January 8, 2013

Cody Leist

PDT Sports Writer

With a 4-0 week between their respective teams and a chance to rewrite the school’s record books for one player, Shawnee State’s Tyler Morgan and Schera Sampson were named the Mid-South Conference’s Players of the Week for both men’s and women’s basketball.

Morgan became the school’s career rebounding leader after passing Bryan Dyer’s 18-year mark of 887 rebounds in Saturday’s game. The senior, with 1,528 points after Saturday’s action, is 161 points behind of tying Terrance Davison’s mark of 1,689 set from 2002-2006. With 15 games left in the regular season, Morgan would need to average 11 points a contest to set the mark during the Feb. 25 finale at Rio Grande and before the start of conference tournament play.

The Bears upset visiting No. 8 Lindsay Wilson Thursday night by a final of 70-66. Two days later, Shawnee State won again at home, this time with an 80-65 shocker over Campbellsville. It’s the second time in Morgan’s career that he received the conference’s weekly award.

Sampson was named the conference’s player of the week for the second time in her career as well after the No. 15 Bears defeated the Blue Raiders Thursday night 74-68 and the Tigers Saturday by a mark of 91-77. The senior transfer from NCAA Division I Stephen F. Austin State University (TX) picked up her sixth double-double of the campaign in Thursday’s win with 22 points and 16 rebounds. In Saturday’s contest, she had 12 points and was two rebounds shy of her seventh double-double.

In that same game, junior teammate Alannah Sheets became the 28th women’s player in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau and second this season following senior Alex Pohl. It marked SSU’s sixth-straight win in the process.

Sampson is ranked fifth nationally in blocks with 33 and seventh in total rebounds with 170 after 17 games. Her team (14-3, 5-2) stands in third place in the conference standings but a game behind conference-leading Campbellsville.

The men have an 8-6 record and are also 5-2 in MSC play. They are tied for third in the conference standings with Lindsey Wilson.

Both teams will be in the heart of the Commonwealth of Kentucky this week with trips Thursday to St. Catherine and Saturday to Georgetown. Their three-game road trip ends the following Thursday at Wilberforce before returning home Jan. 19 to host Bluefield for Homecoming.

Information from the Shawnee State Sports Information contributed to the report.