Fourth quarter run sinks Lions against Southeastern Oklahoma State, fall 78-66.
COMMERCE– The Texas A&M University-Commerce women’s basketball team lost 78-66 to Southeastern Oklahoma State on Sunday. After three close quarters, SOSU went on a fourth-quarter run that put the game out of reach.
The loss brings the Lions to 3-3 on the season. The Savage Storm improve to 3-2 on the year.
The Lions begin their Lone Star Conference season next week, traveling to Lawton, Okla. to face Cameron. The game will be played Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Aggie Gym. The Lion men’s basketball team against Cameron at 7:30 p.m. follows the game.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– Jenna Price had a season-high 17 points and added eight rebounds. She was a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line.
– Melanie Ransom scored 11 points and had five rebounds. She was 3-of-4 from the three-point line.
– Brianna Wise had nine points, five rebounds, and four assists. Artaejah Gay also had nine points and is now just three points away from 1,000 career points.
– Princess Davis and Lauren Parker both had seven points.
– The Lions shot 31 percent from the field while SOSU shot 49 percent.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The teams were back and forth to start the game. Ransom had two threes early in the period as the teams were tied up at nine midway through the quarter. Davis had a three-point play with three minutes to play, and Price had four free throws in the final minute. A&M-Commerce led 18-15 after the first quarter. There were five lead changes and four ties in the first quarter.
Gay had a three-pointer and a three-point play early in the second quarter as the teams continued to fight back and forth. A Price three-pointer took the Lion lead to six points with just under six minutes to play.
The Lions hit a cold spell after the four-minute mark. After trailing by five, SOSU went on a 12-0 run to take a 38-31 lead. The Lions went without a field goal more than four minutes. Late free throws from Davis brought the SOSU lead to 38-33 at halftime. Price led the Lions with seven points at halftime. Ransom and Gay both had six.
Price hit two three-pointers to open the third quarter as the Lions cut the SOSU lead to just one point. A Ransom layup gave the Lions the lead back. The teams continued to battle as the game tied at 45 at the halfway of the third quarter.
Both teams then went without field goals for the next three minutes before Price hit a layup. Gay added a three as the Lions retook the lead at 51-50. SOSU scored the final four points of the quarter to take a 54-51 lead into the last period.
The teams again traded buckets for the first two minutes of the fourth quarter before SOSU went on a run, scoring 10 of the next 11 points to push their lead to 12 points with six minutes to play.
Parker hit a layup with 2:43 to play as the Lions tried to make a push. However, that was the final field goal of the game for the Lions, and they fell 78-66.
von Rosenberg makes program coaching history as Lions breeze past Central Baptist 68–52 for fifth straight win.
SAN ANGELO– The Texas A&M University-Commerce men’s basketball team defeated Central Baptist College 68-52 on Saturday in their second game of the Angelo State Thanksgiving Classic. The Lions took control of the contest early, starting the game on a 15-2 run and led by as many as 22 in the second half.
The win brings the Lions to 5-0 to start the season. Head coach Jaret von Rosenberg became the first A&M-Commerce men’s basketball coach in program history to begin his tenure at 5-0.
The Lions begin their Lone Star Conference season next week, traveling to Lawton, Okla. to face Cameron. The game will be played Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Aggie Gym. The game will be preceded by the Lion women’s basketball team against Cameron at 5:30 p.m.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– Reggie Reid led the team with 17 points, 12 of which came in the second half. He was 7-of-12 from the field. He also had four assists, four rebounds, and four steals.
– Daquane Willford had 13 points, including nine in the first half. He added seven rebounds and three assists.
– Willie Rooks scored 10 points and led the team with five assists.
– Dorian Armstrong had eight points and a team-high 11 rebounds. Joseph Williams-Powell also had eight points and grabbed ten boards.
– Trey Conrod scored seven points while Srdan Budimir had five.
– The Lions shot 80 percent from the free throw line, going 11-of-13 from the charity stripe in the second half. A&M-Commerce shot 42 percent from the field and 36 percent from three.
– The Lions had 16 assists in the game and only ten turnovers. The Lion defense caused 17 Mustang turnovers in the game, leading to 19 points.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Lions got a bucket in the first 10 seconds of the game before both teams went nearly three minutes without scoring. After CBC got on the board, the Lions went on a tear, scoring 13 unanswered points to lead 15-2 after six minutes of play. Reid had a three-pointer and a layup in the rally as five different Lions made baskets in the early run.
CBC scored six points in a row to cut into the Lion lead before A&M-Commerce again went on a run, scoring nine unanswered. Willford had consecutive threes, and the Lions led 24-8 with six minutes left in half. The teams traded baskets for the rest of the half as A&M-Commerce led 32-17 at halftime, leading by as many as 17 in the first half.
Willford led the team with nine points in the first half. Williams-Powell had six points and four rebounds, making all three of his shots. Reid and Rooks both had five points and three assists in the first half. The Lions shot 46 percent in the first half while holding the Mustangs to 30 percent from the field. The Lion defense forced ten turnovers in the first half.
The teams traded buckets through the first five minutes of the second half as the Lion maintained their double-digit lead. The lead was brought to 22 points after three consecutive buckets from Reid gave the Lions a 48-26 lead with 13 minutes to play in the game.
The Lions led by 20 at the 10-minute mark before the Mustangs began to chip away at the lead. The Lions went scoreless for more than four minutes, and CBC scored ten unanswered points to cut the lead to 52-42 with seven minutes to play. Willford broke the scoreless streak with a jumper off of an offensive rebound. The Lions continued to struggle from the field, missing five shots in a row as CBC cut the lead to single digits for the first time since the early minutes of the first half.
A&M-Commerce lived from the free throw line late in the game as the Lions remained aggressive and drew contact inside the paint. They made six consecutive free throws to keep putting points on the board. Reid then hit a three-pointer with 2:29 left in the game to push the Lion lead back up to 14 points.
After a three-point play from CBC was converted with two minutes to play, Reid made another three to seal the win for the Lions.
Fifth seed Lions come back from halftime deficit to take down top seed Central Washington, 34-31, in double overtime epic.
ELLENSBURG, Wash. – The fifth-seeded Texas A&M University-Commerce football team staged an epic comeback from a halftime deficit to defeat top-seeded Central Washington University, 34-31 in double overtime, at Tomlinson Stadium in the NCAA Division II Championship Super Region Four semifinals on Saturday.
The Lions trailed 28-7 at halftime and scored the game-tying touchdown with 3 seconds remaining in regulation. Kicker Kristov Martinez made 38-yard field goals in both overtime periods to win the game for the Lions.
A&M-Commerce advances to the Super Region Four final against Minnesota State University-Mankato on Saturday, December 2. The Lions will carry an 11-1 record into the regional final. CWU ends its season with an 11-1 record.
The 11 wins ties the school record, and the Lions will play a third postseason game for the first time in school history.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– The Lions were outgained 362-181 in the first half but limited the Wildcats to 125 yards in the second half and both overtime periods.
– Quarterback Luis Perez completed 41-of-65 passes for 394 yards with three touchdowns and four interceptions. CWU came into the game averaging nearly six sacks a game and sacked Perez only three times.
– Buck Wilson had 12 receptions for 141 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-tying effort with three seconds remaining in regulation.
– Marquis Wimberly caught nine passes for 120 yards. Vincent Hobbs caught seven passes for 53 yards and a critical fourth-quarter touchdown reception.
– For the Lions’ first drive of the second half, running back Carandal Hale came up with 104 all-purpose yards with 58 on the ground, 46 from the air, and scoring on a 26-yard rushing touchdown.
– Brucks Saathoff had 11 tackles to lead the Lions, with a sack, and a key pass breakup on third down in the second overtime.
– Travon Blanchard had ten tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble. Garrett Blubaugh had eight tackles and an interception.
– The Lion defense had three sacks and eight tackles for loss.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Central Washington came out as the aggressors after a week off, as the Wildcats scored on their first two drives of the game. A 6-play, 75-yard drive followed by a 16-play, 88-yard drive had the hosts up 14-0 at the 1:38 mark of the first quarter.
The Lions punched back quickly thanks to a 45-yard kickoff return by Reggie Kincade and a 52-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown from Perez to Wilson. On the ensuing drive, the Lions forced a fumble along the interior line, recovered by Deionte Haywood.
A&M-Commerce drove downfield and were in prime position to score when Perez was intercepted at the 2-yard line, snapping a string of 263 consecutive attempts without an interception. CWU needed nine plays to march downfield and score a three-yard touchdown to go up 21-7 with 10:08 to play in half.
After a Lion three-and-out and a punt, the Wildcats pushed their advantage to three scores on an eight-play, 64-yard drive with a short touchdown run to go up 28-7. Perez was intercepted to end the Lions’ next two drives and send the game to halftime at 28-7.
The Wildcats elected to kickoff short to open the second half, and the Lions used the short field to their advantage. A 28-yard pass from Perez to Wimberly set up Hale’s 26-yard rushing touchdown, narrowing the deficit to 28-14 with 13:41 left in the third quarter.
A&M-Commerce forced punts on the next three CWU drives, and Blubaugh’s interception snuffed out the drive inside the red zone. The Lions manufactured a grinding drive of 11 plays and 67 yards that rolled into the fourth quarter. Hobbs fought through a pass interference penalty for a juggling 9-yard touchdown reception, cutting the CWU lead to 28-21 with 12 minutes remaining in regulation,
The teams traded punts, and the Lions got their last crack at tying the game with 2:37 on the clock and 64 yards to go.
The Lions didn’t make it easy for themselves, facing long conversion attempts thanks to a fumble and penalties. The guests moved downfield with distances of third-and-14 and fourth-and-7 converted. Perez found Wimberly open for an 18-yard completion to get down to the Wildcat 3-yard line with just over 20 seconds remaining. A sack and two incomplete passes put the game on the line at fourth-and-goal from the 4-yard line. With three seconds to go, Perez fired a low bullet pass to Wilson just over the goal line to get the Lions at one point difference. Martinez’s extra point was good, tying the game at 28-all. A short kickoff and a kneel down sent the game to overtime.
Central Washington won the coin toss and elected to defend first. The Lions gained four yards on a pair of rushes, and Martinez’ field goal from 38 yards out gave the visitors their first lead of the day at 31-28.
CWU was able to get first-and-goal at the 8-yard line when the Lion defense buckled down. Yusef Sterling-Lowe made a tackle for a loss on second down, and Blubaugh rushed the quarterback into an incompletion on third down. The Wildcats were forced to settle for a 22-yard field goal, sending the game to the second overtime period tied at 31-all.
With darkness looming – and no lights at Tomlinson Stadium – rain also began to materialize as the teams switched ends of the field. CWU had possession first, and the Lions were exceptional in pass coverage. Saathoff nearly intercepted a third down pass, and Dominique Ramsey broke up the fourth down pass to keep the Wildcats off the board.
The Lions ran the ball three times for a total of four yards to the CWU 21, setting up Martinez’ 38-yard attempt. The A&M-Commerce all-time leading scorer drilled the field goal, setting off a wild celebration that ended with Martinez being carried off of the field towards the scoreboard which read “Lions 34, Wildcats 31.”
Strong start propels Lions to fourth consecutive win to open the season.
SAN ANGELO– The Texas A&M University-Commerce men’s basketball team defeated Lubbock Christian 68-62 on Friday at the Angelo State Thanksgiving Classic. The Lions got out to a big lead early in the game and held that lead for the rest of the game.
The win brings the Lions to 4-0 on the season. LCU drops to 2-4 on the year.
The Lions return to the court on Saturday for the second game of their Thanksgiving weekend tournament. They will face Central Baptist at 5:30 p.m. at the Junell Center in San Angelo.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– Willie Rooks tied his season-high with 21 points. He shot 7-of-11 from the field and made all five of his free throws.
– Joseph Williams-Powell scored 11 points, nine of which came in the first half. Reggie Reid also had 11 points and added five assists.
– Dorian Armstrong had nine points, ten rebounds, and three assists. Trey Conrod had eight points, and Daquane Willford had six points and four steals.
– The Lions shot 75 percent from the free throw line and 42 percent from the field.
– After trailing 4-2 with 18:21 left in the first half, the Lions went on a 14-0 run and never trailed again.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Lions started well right off the bat. After trailing 4-2 in the early minutes, A&M-Commerce then went on a 14-0 run over the next three minutes to take a 16-4 lead with 14:48 left to play in half. Rooks had six early points, and Williams-Powell added five as the Lions took control early, knocking down three triples.
The Lions then had a cold streak, missing four straight shots. LCU cut into the lead, bringing the Lion lead down to four points. The Lions answered back by getting to the free throw line. Conrod hit two free throws and added a layup as the Lions led by ten midway through the first half.
Both teams were in early foul trouble. While the Lion defense held LCU without a field goal for more than six minutes, LCU got its points from the free throw line, scoring 13 points from the foul line in the first half. The Lions kept pace, keeping their lead. A&M-Commerce led 40-32 at halftime.
Rooks had 11 points in the first half, making all four of his shots. Williams-Powell added nine points, and Armstrong had seven points and four rebounds. Reid led the team with three assists.
It was a back and forth battle throughout the second half. The Lions never lost the lead but had it trimmed several times. LCU opened the half with a jumper to bring the game to six points before consecutive buckets from Williams-Powell and Reid brought the lead back up to 10 points.
With eight minutes left in half, the Chaps again cut the Lion lead down to just six points. Rooks answered back with a layup and a jumper to bring the Lion lead to 58-48 with seven minutes to play. A jumper from Armstrong gave the Lions a double-digit lead with six minutes to play.
With three minutes to play, LCU scored a three-point play to cut the Lion lead to five points. The Chaps then decided to begin fouling, sending the Lions to the free throw line. A&M-Commerce made enough to leave with the six-point victory.
No. 8 Lions head to No. 7 Central Washington for NCAA Division II Super Region Four Semifinal.
COMMERCE – The No. 8 Texas A&M University-Commerce Lions’ football team takes the second-longest road trip in program history on a holiday weekend for the NCAA Division II Super Regional Semifinal round of the playoffs at No. 7 Central Washington.
WHO: Texas A&M University-Commerce at Central Washington University
WHERE: Ellensburg, Wash. | Tomlinson Stadium
WHEN: Noon PST (2 p.m. CST) on Saturday, November 25
RECORDS: A&M-Commerce is 10-1 overall. Central Washington is 11-0 overall.
RANKINGS: A&M-Commerce is ranked No. 8 in the AFCA Coaches’ Poll and the D2Football.com Media Poll. Central Washington is ranked No. 7 in the AFCA Coaches’ Poll and No. 10 in the D2Football.com Media Poll.
SEEDINGS: A&M-Commerce is the fifth seed in Super Region Four and defeated fourth seed Winona State in the regional quarterfinal, 20-6. Central Washington is the top seed in Super Region Four and had a bye in the first round. The winner of this game advances to the regional final to play the victor in the matchup between second seed Minnesota State-Mankato and third seed Midwestern State.
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LIONS WIN ON THE ROAD, ADVANCE AGAIN
• The Lions’ 20-6 win at Winona State was their first playoff victory on the road since a 1990 first round victory at Grand Valley State.
• A&M-Commerce has advanced to the second round of the Division II playoffs for the fourth time in its five appearances in the tournament.
• Lt marks the seventh time in program history that the Lions have won five or more true road games (non-neutral), including a six-win road season in 2016. The Lions also had six road wins in 1951, 1953, and 1980. The Lions had five road wins in 1957 and 1990.
• Each of those seasons, except 1951, concluded with a postseason appearance.
STILL PUSHING #ToTheTop
• The Lions ended the regular season at No. 8 in the nation in both the AFCA and D2Football.com polls.
• A&M-Commerce has been ranked in 38 straight AFCA polls, dating back to the 2015 preseason poll.
• It is A&M-Commerce’s 44th all-time appearance in the AFCA poll since its inception in 2000.
• Central Washington is the fourth nationally-ranked team the Lions have faced this season, all inside the top 12.
•A&M-Commerce is the fourth nationally-ranked team the Wildcats have faced, none inside the top 15,
CARTHEL 5TH IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN WINS
• Head coach Colby Carthel now ranks fifth in A&M-Commerce history in coaching wins with 44 wins.
• However, he will be in fifth for a while, as his 44 wins are still 19 behind J.V. Sikes’ 63 wins in fourth place.
|3||Bob Berry||1935-41, 46-50||72-34-8|
WASHINGTON IS FAR AWAY TM
• Travel notes are always fun in the playoffs, and the Lions got a doozy this week, with the third-longest possible road trip in Division II football from Commerce.
• When Portland State was still in Division II, that playoff game was 2,068 miles away.
• Using Google Maps, Ellensburg is 2,035 miles from Commerce. That is direct driving with no trip through the SeaTac Airport.
• The only farther possible trips in Division II football for the Lions would be Simon Fraser (Burnaby, British Columbia – 2,271 miles) and Western Oregon (Monmouth, Ore. – 2,127 miles).
• A trip to Humboldt State in Arcata, Calif., is somehow one mile shorter than a trip to Ellensburg.
|Portland, Ore.||1995 (NCAA)||2,068|
|Ellensburg, Wash.||2017 (NCAA)||2,035|
|Big Rapids, Mich.||2015 (NCAA)||1,109|
|Orlando, Fla.||1952, 1953, 1957, 1958 (Tangerine)||1,062|
|Allendale, Mich.||1990, 2016 (NCAA)||1,047|
AGAINST THE GNAC
• It will be a short note. The GNAC initiated in 2001, and the Lions have never played any present or past member in football action.
• Since rejoining Division II for the 1998 season, the Wildcats have played LSC foes seven times, with a 2-5 record and a 1-1 playoff mark.
GO WEST, YOUNG MAN
• It will be the Lions’ fourth all-time game against a team from the Pacific time zone.
• The Lions dropped the 1995 playoff game at Portland State and went 0-2 in a home-and-home series with UC Davis, playing the Aggies in Davis in 1999.
WHAT’S THIS STUFF?
• With the proliferation of artificial surfaces at all levels of football, the Lions rarely play on a natural surface anymore. Western New Mexico’s Ben Altamirano Field is the only grass surface remaining in the Lone Star Conference, with the opening of Eastern New Mexico’s Greyhound Stadium in 2016.
• Central Washington’s Tomlinson Stadium has a natural surface, surrounded by a track.
• The last non-conference game the Lions played on a grass field was the 2011 trip to Upper Iowa to start that season. Somehow, this is the second straight week that the Peacocks from Fayette, Iowa, have worked their way into the game notes.
SENIORS BREAK SCHOOL RECORD
• With the win at Tarleton, the senior class broke the school record for wins in a four-year period. The previous record stood since the Tangerine Bowl runs of the early 1950s.
• That record extended with the win at Winona State to 38 games won in a four-year span.
• As you will read below, Luis Perez is very good at throwing the football to his teammates, who in turn, are quite adept at finding the end zone.
• Two Lion receivers tied for third in the Lone Star Conference regarding the receiving touchdowns, with another in fourth.
• Darrion Landry and Buck Wilson each have nine receiving six-pointers this season. D’Arthur Cowan is right behind them with eight. All eight of Cowan’s touchdown receptions have come in LSC play.
PEREZ’ OUTSTANDING SEASON AND CAREER LEAD TO HARLON HILL NOMINATION
• Lion quarterback Luis Perez earned his second consecutive nomination for the Harlon Hill Trophy on Monday.
• He was named the Lone Star Conference Offensive Player of the Year. He also earned First Team All-Lone Star Conference honors for the second consecutive season.
• A Lion quarterback has earned first-team all-LSC honors a total of 17 times since the league’s formation in 1931.
• He became the Lions’ fourth quarterback to repeat as a first-team all-LSC selection, joining Bobby Bounds (1990-91), LSC Hall of Honor member Wade Wilson (1979-80), and R.A. Hitt (1933-34), who was the second-ever all-LSC quarterback.
|LION FIRST TEAM ALL-LSC QUARTERBACKS|
|2016, 2017||Luis Perez|
|1990, 1991||Bobby Bounds|
|1979, 1980||Wade Wilson|
|1933, 1934||R.A. Hitt|
|SUPER REGION FOUR HARLON HILL TROPHY NOMINEES|
|Dennis Gardeck||LB||6-0||230||SR||Sioux Falls|
|Ja’Quan Gardner||RB||5-7||205||SR||Humboldt State|
|Chad Hovasse||WR||6-1||215||JR||Adams State|
|Cameron Mayberry||RB||5-11||200||SO||Colorado Mines|
|Layton Rabb||QB||6-5||225||JR||Midwestern State|
|Paul Revis||WR||5-9||175||SR||Western Oregon|
|Shane Zylstra||WR||6-4||215||SO||Minnesota State|
• Perez’ passing-average has vaulted him to the top of the Division II ranks. He is one of nine passers in Division II averaging over 300 yards passing per game.
• He is the only quarterback in the top 10 of this ranking to still be playing in the Division II playoffs after the first round bounced Shepherd and Bowie State.
• The next closest in yards per game remaining in the playoffs is Midwestern State’s Layton Rabb in 15th at 284.9 ypg.
|1||Luis Perez, A&M-Commerce||Sr.||11||426-305-6||38||3,737||339.7|
|2||Connor Jessop, Shepherd||Sr.||11||394-249-9||40||3,532||321.1|
|3||Tanner Garry, Slippery Rock||Sr.||11||437-268-9||32||3,522||320.2|
|4||Amir Hall, Bowie St.||Jr.||11||381-249-4||41||3,519||319.9|
|5||Grant Russell, Ohio Dominican||Sr.||10||305-221-3||30||3,182||318.2|
|6||Brook Bolles, Central Mo.||Jr.||11||396-223-12||21||3,485||316.8|
|7||Nick Rooney, Adams St.||Jr.||10||441-271-10||29||3,153||315.3|
|8||Y. Gavalas, LIU Post||Sr.||10||363-257-8||37||3,087||308.7|
|9||Javia Hall, Western N.M.||Sr.||10||458-255-12||24||3,006||300.6|
|10||Chas Stallard, Central Okla.||Sr.||11||361-238-6||28||3,209||291.7|
• He did not play high school football, and was a competitive bowler, with 12 perfect 300 games to his name.
• He now has 14 games of 300-plus passing yards in his career, including nine straight games.
• He has not thrown an interception in 254 attempts. If the opposition does not pick him off in his next 26 passes, he will surpass a Division II record that has stood since 1996 by New Haven’s Jesse Showerda (280).
|SINGLE SEASON PASSING TOUCHDOWN LEADERS|
- Perez only needs 28 yards passing to become the school’s single-season passing yardage leader.
|SINGLE SEASON PASSING YARDAGE LEADERS|
- Perez is also the Lion career leader in three major passing categories.
|CAREER PASSING YARDAGE LEADERS|
|CAREER PASSING COMPLETION LEADERS|
|1.||549||Luis Perez (549-815-11)||2016-pres.|
|2.||375||Bob Bounds (375-706-36)||1987-91|
|3.||372||Kyle Mackey (372-751-44)||1980-83|
|4.||367||Terry Skinner (367-813-45)||1973-77|
|5.||353||Adam Farkes (353-700-30)||2009-10|
|CAREER PASSING TOUCHDOWN LEADERS|
- He ranks first in Division II and ninth in all of the NCAA in career passing yards per game.
|1||Luke Falk , Washington St.||FBS||Sr.||42||2,000-1,367-36||14,117||118||336.1|
|2||Mason Rudolph , Oklahoma St.||FBS||Sr.||40||1,372-863-26||12,829||88||320.7|
|3||Josh Rosen , UCLA||FBS||Jr.||29||1,151-698-26||9,100||57||313.8|
|4||Devlin Hodges , Samford||FCS||Jr.||32||1,280-883-24||9,905||78||309.5|
|5||Baker Mayfield , Oklahoma||FBS||Sr.||45||1,422-974-29||13,796||122||306.6|
|6||Gage Gubrud , Eastern Wash.||FCS||Jr.||28||1,005-654-27||8,568||74||306.0|
|7||Chase Burton , Franklin||D-III||Sr.||38||1,255-842-20||11,579||121||304.7|
|8||Riley Ferguson , Memphis||FBS||Sr.||23||829-519-18||6,899||61||300.0|
|9||Luis Perez , A&M-Commerce||D-II||Sr.||24||815-549-11||7,063||70||294.3|
|10||Ryan Sample , Benedictine (IL)||D-III||Sr.||30||1,133-647-34|
Fields’ career day from long range pushes Lions to 102-47 victory over LeTourneau.
COMMERCE – Courtney Fields tied Division II record for consecutive three-point shooting as the Texas A&M University-Commerce women’s basketball team rolled to a 102-47 victory over visiting LeTourneau University in the Field House on Wednesday afternoon.
Fields made her first nine three-point attempts on the way to a career-best 29 points. The nine earned triples ties a Division II record for most consecutive made three-pointers. That record has stood since 1989. She has hit the most three-pointers in a game in Division II this season.
The Lions are now 3-2 overall on the season and will host Southeastern Oklahoma State at 4:00 p.m. Sunday. LeTourneau falls to 0-2.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– Fields’ 29 points led all scorers, as four Lions scored in double figures. Artaejah Gay also scored 20 points with six rebounds. Gay now stands at 988 career points and needs 12 points to reach the 1,000-point mark in her career.
– Princess Davis netted 16 points with five rebounds and five assists. Jenna Price had 12 points and nine rebounds.
– Brianna Wise scored eight points with eight assists, four rebounds, and four blocks.
– The Lions assisted on 27 of 35 made baskets in the contest and came away with 16 steals, led by Alex Nance’s four.
– The Lions shot 51.5 percent (35-of-68) from the field in the game, with an even higher rate from three-point range at 51.9 percent (14-of-27).
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Lions scored the first basket of the game and a Gay three-pointer just over two minutes into the game gave them a lead they would never relinquish. From an 8-6 lead with over three minutes gone, A&M-Commerce scored 23 consecutive points, holding the YellowJackets off the board for over seven minutes.
By the time LeTourneau found the hoop again in the final minute, the Lions had led the contest 31-8. A&M-Commerce had a 33-11 lead at the end of the first period on 72.2 percent (13-of-18) shooting.
Jocelyn Pierce scored a basket to open the second quarter scoring and Fields made four of her three-pointers in the frame. A&M-Commerce outscored their guests 30-13 in the second quarter to take a 63-24 lead into the halftime locker room. The Lions shot 66.7 percent (10-of-15) from the field and 5-of-6 (83.3 percent) from long distance in the quarter.
After conceding the opening basket of the third quarter, the Lions hit their first 40-point lead on a pair of Price free throws at the 7:40 mark to go up 69-28. A Fields triple near the end of the period made it an 85-40 game at the end of the third quarter.
The Lions scored the first seven points of the final quarter and a three-pointer by Davis at the 8:30 mark put the Lions up 90-40. The century mark came on a pair of back-to-back Fields triples with just under five minutes remaining. Her ninth consecutive three-pointer of the day made it 100-43, as the Lions cruised to the win.