Chastadie Barrs Nabs Third-Consecutive Weekly Award for Lamar

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Lamar’s Chastadie Barrs is the Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the third-straight week and the seventh time this year, the league announced Monday. All Southland weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank.The Cardinal’s starting guard added another accolade to her shelf last week becoming the NCAA Division I all-time leader in career steals. Barrs now has 632 steals to her name and has boosted Lamar to a 16-1 record in league-play for at least a share of the Southland Conference regular season-title. The senior’s seven weekly awards this season breaks the single-season record for Player of the Week honors, dating back to the 1999-2000 season. The record was previously held by Megan Herbert of Central Arkansas, who earned the award six times in the 2011-12 campaign.Lamar went 2-0 on the week following a 97-49 win over Houston Baptist Wednesday and a 62-46 win over Stephen F. Austin on Saturday.Basketball Player of the Week – Chastadie Barrs, Lamar – Sr. – Guard – DeSoto, TexasBarrs filled the stat sheet this week as she averaged 14.5 points, 9.0 assists, 8.5 rebounds and 7.5 steals per game. In the contest on Wednesday, Barrs set the NCAA career steals record by passing Florida A&M’s Natalie White, who held the record for 23 years. She recorded two double-doubles on the week and now has 11 on the season. For her career, Barrs has 688 assists, the fourth most in SLC history for a career. The win against SFA clinched at least a share of the SLC title. The Cards have not lost at the Montagne Center in three seasons, extending their home win streak to 41 games.Honorable Mention: Cassidy Barrios, Nicholls; Dominique Golighty, Abilene Christian; Nautica Grant, Northwestern State Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

Women’s weight gain linked to anxiety

first_imgWomen who pile on the kilograms after the menopause are also likely to become more anxious, research suggests. Their lack of oestrogen is believed to disrupt the body’s ability to control weight.The study said those worst affected had a higher chance of being nervous.Researchers measured the waistlines of 5,580 women aged between 40 and 59, of whom more than half were post-menopausal. They were asked questions to gauge their anxiety levels.Women with the most abdominal weight for their height were 13 % more likely to be anxious than those with the lowest ratio.The study, published in the journal Menopause, looked at Latin-American women and suggested that oestrogen may protect against anxiety. The hormone is produced when a woman produces an egg every month. The researchers at the Peruvian University of Applied Sciences said women might also feel ashamed about weight gain: ‘Feelings of sadness, shame and frustration would lead to a health concern that could generate more anxiety.’Anxiety, which is linked to heart disease, diabetes and respiratory disorders, affects around one in 13 people.Dr JoAnn Pinkerton, executive director of the North American Menopause Society, whose journal published the findings, said: ‘Hormone changes may be involved in the development of both anxiety and abdominal obesity because of their roles in the brain as well as in fat distribution. This study provides valuable insights for healthcare providers treating middle-aged women, because it implies that waist-to-height ratio could be a good marker for evaluating patients for anxiety.’It has long been thought that women pile on the pounds during middle age because of ‘stress-eating’ or snacking on comfort food. But the new findings suggest weight gain may come before anxiety, and not the other way around.The authors of the Peruvian study said: ‘A recommendation deriving from our study could be that obese women, identified using the weight to height ratio, could be subjected to a screening for anxiety symptoms.’Questions they asked to gauge anxiety included ‘Have you been a very nervous person?’ and ‘Have you felt calm and peaceful?’Sourcelast_img read more