Former Rock Hill High School standout Markeisha Hicks turned in the best game of her young college basketball career on Jan. 28, leading Queens past Limestone 80-66.
The 5-foot-11 freshman forward finished the night with a career-high 27 points, 20 coming in the second half, and eight rebounds. Hicks was 9-of-15 from the floor and hit 9-of-12 free throws.
She is averaging 11 points and 7.3 rebounds a game for coach Jenny Yopp's team, which is 5-13, 5-6 in Conference Carolinas.
Hicks' twin sister, Shakendra Hicks, a 5-11 freshman forward and ex-RHHS standout, is averaging 3.3 points and 1.8 rebounds for the Royals.
• WESTERN CAROLINA: The Lady Catamounts moved into a tie for second place in the Southern Conference basketball race and are 15-6 on the season.
Coach Kellie Harper's team is 7-2 in the SoCon and tied for second with Georgia Southern behind league-leading Chattanooga.
Former Clover standout Kristen Feemster helped the Lady Catamounts to a 60-49 victory over College of Charleston on Jan. 28. The 6-0 sophomore scored four points and grabbed nine rebounds, one shy of her career-high. She's averaging 3.8 points and 3.5 rebounds a game, appearing in all 21 games.
The victory was also Harper's 66th at WCU, moving her into second place for the most wins in school history.
• WINSTON-SALEM STATE: Freshman forward Quintoya Mobley helped the Lady Rams snap a 12-game losing streak on Jan. 19 in a 63-61 victory over Howard.
Mobley, a 5-11 forward out of York, hit a crucial free throw in the game's closing seconds to seal the Lady Rams' first victory of the season.
Mobley finished the game with three points, hitting her only field goal attempt and making 1-of-3 free throws.
She is averaging 2.0 points and 2.9 rebounds a game for the Lady Rams, who are coached by former Winthrop assistant Dee Stokes. The Lady Rams are 1-15 on the season.
• WINTHROP: Former Eagles pitcher Kevin Slowey's bid to earn a spot in the Minnesota Twins' starting rotation might have gained momentum now that the American League team has reached an agreement to trade its top pitcher.
The Twins and New York Mets have agreed on a deal for left-hander Johan Santana, who must sign a contract extension with the Mets and pass a physical before the trade is completed.
Slowley is penciled in as the No. 4 starter behind Francisco Liriano, Boof Bonser and Scott Baker in the Twins' five-man rotation.
Slowey, the Twins' No. 2 pick in the 2005 draft, divided the 2007 season between the Twins and Triple-A Rochester. He was 4-1 with a 4.33 ERA for the Twins. In 13 games, including 11 starts, Slowey pitched 66 2-3 innings, walked 11 and struck out 47. He yielded 16 homers.