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Small college notes: Unbeaten Tarleton State motivated to improve

Earning his second Lone Star Conference defensive player of the week honor of the season, Tarleton State’s Davene Carter is using the award as motivation down the stretch.

“Our team is challenging itself every week to get better in practice,” said Carter, a 6-foot-6 junior forward whose goal is to be LSC defensive player of the year. “You are never perfect and there is always room to improve.”

Carter, a Duncanville graduate, has helped the unbeaten and fourth-ranked Texans become the conference’s No. 1 scoring defense. Their margin of victory is a conference-best 27.1 points per game.

“We are using our weakness as a strength to get better in every practice,” Carter said. “There are teams that are trying new things against us recently and we have to learn how to make adjustments to get better.”

Tarleton will get its biggest test thus far in conference play when the Texans (17-0, 6-0) host Texas A&M-Commerce at 7 p.m. Saturday. Commerce (13-5, 2-4) is second behind the Texans in scoring, averaging nearly 83 points per game.

Wright honored again

Tarleton State’s Kiara Wright was named the Lone Star Conference offensive player of the week for the 14th time, and fifth this season, after a career-high 39-point performance against Eastern New Mexico on Jan. 25.

Wright was a perfect 13-of-13 from the floor and had 16 rebounds against ENMU. She had 15 points and 10 rebounds in a win at West Texas A&M. Wright’s 21.2 scoring average leads the LSC.

Tarleton hosts Texas A&M-Commerce at 5 p.m. Saturday and then travels to Denton for a 2 p.m. game Sunday against Texas Woman’s.

Rams baseball ranked

Texas Wesleyan baseball opens its season on Jan. 31 with a three-game series against Jarvis Christian College.

The Rams enter the season ranked No. 20 in the 2014 Preseason Baseball Coaches’ Poll, released by the NAIA.

Wesleyan was 42-18 in 2013 and lost in the National Tournament to Faulkner University, the eventual champion.

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