No. 9 Lions tripped up by No. 25 Augustana.
CONROE – The No. 9 Texas A&M University-Commerce softball team fell to No. 25 Augustana, 4-1, to close out the Arkansas Tech Winter Invitational on Monday morning at the Scrap Yard Sports Complex.
A&M-Commerce is now 5-1 on the season after a strong overall performance at the ATU tournament. The Lions return to action at the St. Mary’s College Classic on Friday through Sunday in San Antonio.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– Ciera Nunez (Amarillo – Randall) went 2-for-4 with a stolen base.
– Kimber Neal (Humble – Atascocita), Bri Sims (Rowlett), and Kynslee Noriega (Kyle – Lehman) each notched hits, with Noriega driving in a run with a double.
– Kinsie Hebler (Cypress) was tagged with the loss to fall to 0-1 on the season, allowing three runs on four hits in 4.2 innings.
COACH RICHIE BRUISTER AFTER THE GAME
Thoughts on the day: “I’m proud of the weekend we had. We just got deep in the count today. We had a big zone when we were batting, and instead of hitting early in the count, we let other people dictate what we were doing. We just didn’t hit the ball. When you score one run, you aren’t going to win. It makes it tough. [Augustana] did their job and had a big inning and that, unfortunately, was the end of it.”
On working around base runners: “Kinsie did a great job pitching. That’s what we wanted to see going into today. She had a tough outing earlier. We are really proud of the way Kinsie pitched this game. If we score runs for her, it’s going to be a good season.”
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Lion offense got runners on base early in the game but struggled to convert, stranding runners in scoring position in the first and third inning. Hebler worked around Augustana baserunners in the opening stages and had a perfect inning in the fourth.
A&M-Commerce scratched across the game’s opening run in the fourth. With a runner on second thanks to a leadoff single and advanced on a fly out, Noriega doubled to the right-center gap to plate the run and put the Lions up 1-0.
Augustana rallied with two outs in the top of the fifth. A walk and a single put runners on base, and an Ashley Mickschl triple to left-center put the Vikings up 2-1. A two-run homer just over the left field fence pushed the lead for Augie to 4-1.
The Lions were retired in order in the fifth and stranded a runner in the sixth, while Emily Otto (Richmond – Lamar Consolidated) kept the Vikings off the board in the sixth and seventh to keep A&M-Commerce in striking distance.
Vanessa Muro (Oak Hills, Calif.) walked in a pinch-hit situation with one out in the seventh, but the next two Lions were retired to end the game.
No. 9 Lions roll in wins over Central Oklahoma and Colorado Mines.
CONROE – The No. 9 Texas A&M University-Commerce softball team ran its season-opening run to five straight wins with victories over Central Oklahoma and Colorado School of Mines at the Arkansas Tech Winter Invitational.
A&M-Commerce (5-0) defeated previously unbeaten Central Oklahoma, 10-0 in five innings, then beat Mines, 9-1.
The Lions wrap up the ATU event on Monday at 9:00 a.m. against No. 25 Augustana.
HEAD COACH RICHIE BRUISTER AFTER THE DAY’S ACTION
On the win against UCO: “We came out and scored four runs in the first. It was great, against a team like them that came in undefeated, to get on top of them early. Then to come out in the second and get three more, that’s a great start. Then Otto was just outstanding in the circle. You can’t ask for anything more, than for her to come in and shutout a team like that. We had a great offense and great defense. It was an all-around team win there.”
On the win against Colorado Mines: “The freshmen were great. For Alexis (Velasquez) to come in like that in a tight ball game, in her first outing as a collegiate player, she had a great presence on the mound. To come in and hold them to no runs in 5.2 innings, she was outstanding. We had a chance to break it open early but we just couldn’t. But we kept battling and kept putting pressure on the defense. And then (Madison) Schaefer – another freshman – to step up and hit a big home run in the Mines games and also go out into right field, where she hadn’t been but one or two days in practice, and look like a natural out there… For her to double off the kid to end the ball game was just wonderful.”
On the play of Kimber Neal: “Kimber had some big hits. She’s had an awesome weekend and had four RBIs this game, it was a great performance from her both offensively and defensively. For her to be doing what she’s doing against the teams we are playing against, is just tremendous. I’m certainly proud of her. She works hard and has done outstanding.”
On the team’s first three days of play: “Being 5-0 against the teams we have played against is outstanding. It is a long weekend. There’s a mental strain and physical strain that wears on you. For our kids to rise to the top and to be performing the way we are performing is awesome. We will finish off with another big-time team in Augustana to finish off the tournament. Tomorrow comes down to mental toughness. That’s who’s going to win the ball game.”
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE (Central Oklahoma)
– Emily Otto (Richmond – Lamar Consolidated) earned her third win of the weekend, allowing only three hits and a walk against four strikeouts in the complete game shutout.
– Bri Sims (Rowlett) smashed her third homer of the season and drove in three runs with the long ball and a sacrifice fly.
– Kinsie Hebler (Cypress) and Chealsea Slider (Texarkana) each drove in runs.
– Kimber Neal (Humble – Atascocita) had a double and scored three runs.
– Ciera Nunez (Canyon – Randall) went 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
HOW IT HAPPENED (Central Oklahoma)
The Lions jumped on the board with four runs in the bottom of the first. Nunez led off with a hard-hit single off the pitcher, then scored on a botched double play attempt. A wild pitch plated Neal, then Sims blasted her third homer of the season down the left field line to give the Lions the early 4-0 lead.
Noriega singled to lead off the second and Hill’s single put runners on the corners. Pinch runner Ta’Lyn Moody scored on a double steal attempt. A series of walks and hit batters loaded the bases and Hebler’s bases-loaded walk plated another run. Sims was narrowly short of another homer and settled for a sacrifice fly to put the Lion lead at 7-0 after two innings.
After Otto rolled through the third and fourth innings, the Lion bats did their best to put an early end to the contest. Neal led off the fourth with a double down the left field line and scored when the UCO pitcher airmailed the throw on Kilcrease’s sacrifice bunt attempt. A dropped fly ball with two outs added to the run total, and Slider put the cap on the game with an RBI single.
Otto continued her dominance in the top of the fifth with a strikeout and two infield outs to bring the Lions their fourth straight win to start the season.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE (Mines)
– Madison Schaefer (Frisco – Independence) smashed a home run for her first collegiate hit.
– Neal went 2-for-3 with four RBIs, two walks, and two runs scored.
– Nunez led off the game with a triple and scored a run.
– Kynslee Noriega (Kyle – Lehman) and Jodie Hill (Heavener, Okla.) each scored two runs.
– Alexis Velasquez (Amarillo – River Road) earned the win in her first collegiate appearance, allowing no runs on four hits and two walks in 5.2 innings of relief.
HOW IT HAPPENED (Mines)
Nunez started the game with excitement, tripling down the right field line. Neal scored, and the leadoff duo executed a delayed double steal to plate the first run. After a hit batter and a wild pitch, Neal scored on a passed ball to give the Lions an early 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the inning, Dean encountered some control issues, plunking three consecutive Orediggers to load the bases with two outs. A walk brought home a run and cut the lead to 2-1.
Mines’ pitching also had issues with control, with a hit batter and a walk putting two Lions on board. After a groundout moved the runners into scoring position, Neal continued her hot streak with a two-run single to left-center moving the Lions ahead 4-1.
After a pair of walks allowed the Orediggers to threaten, Velasquez came into the circle with one out and retired the next two batters with weakly hit balls to squelch the CSM opportunity.
Nunez’ speed forced an Oredigger error in the fourth, allowing Noriega to score after a leadoff single, pushing the Lion lead to 5-1. Schaefer pushed the lead to 6-1, leading off the top of the fifth by blasting a homer to left field for her first collegiate hit.
The Lions put the game out of reach in the top of the seventh. After a run scored on a bases-loaded wild pitch, Neal poked a two-run single into right-center for her seventh hit of the weekend. The clutch hit pushed the Lion lead to 9-1 going into the bottom of the seventh.
After a single got an Oredigger on base, Schaefer makes a cannon throw to first to double the runner off and end the game with the Lions on top again.
Svaerd and Clark shine as Lions improve at Texas Tech Open.
LUBBOCK – More records fell, as the Texas A&M University-Commerce track and field teams continued their improvement at the Texas Tech Open on Friday and Saturday.
“We had great performances across the board as well as lots of great marks this week,” stated head track and field coach George Pincock. “Rashard Clark was able to get back in the groove and feel comfortable in the 400 meters. D’Lance Sharp helped push the pace for Rashard, and will have a big race of his own in a few weeks – I feel confident in that.”
“Minna Svaerd had another great meet. She trained really hard all week, and I think she came to the meet with some heavy legs, and to vault as well as she did is very impressive. She anchored an impressive relay effort from the entire team.”
“Shelby White (Eustace) had a really good race in the 5,000-meters and ran a lifetime best of something like 40 seconds. It’s not a national auto qualifying mark, or provisional, but does represent a lot of hard work and we had great performances across the board to represent that hard work. ”
One of the meet’s overall highlights came in the women’s pole vault, where Minna Svaerd (Karlstad, Sweden) established a Lone Star Conference and school record, clearing 3.90 meters (12-9 ½) on her second attempt. She now ranks fifth nationally in that event.
Svaerd was also part of the women’s 4×400-meter relay team with Atiana Alexander (San Antonio – Northside Taft), Joy Spann (Frisco – Lone Star), and Ro’Nisha Simpson (Tatum), which improved their provisional qualifying time to 3:49.93 (converted to 3:50.37 for altitude). That time ranks 14th nationally.
Rashard Clark (Los Angeles, Calif.) caught the nation’s attention in the quarter-mile, posting a top 10 time in Division II history in the 400-meter dash. His time of 46.52 seconds (converted to 46.63 for altitude) is the 10th-fastest time in Division II history and second-fastest in the nation this season.
In the same heat, D’Lance Sharp (Commerce) posted a top 20 time in the nation, crossing the line in 48.15 seconds.
In the men’s 800-meter run, newcomer Timon Kemboi jumped into the top 20 nationally in his second-ever American race, crossing the line in 1:52.65. Robert Wood (Wylie) moved into the top 20 nationally in the men’s pole vault, clearing 4.88m (16-0).
Eboni Coby (Lancaster) improved her qualifying time in the 60-meter dash to 7.63 seconds, which ranks 21st nationally. Hailey Wanoreck (Beaumont – Hamshire-Fannett) was only four centimeters short of a school record in the women’s weight throw, moving up to 18th nationally at 17.75 meters (58-3).
Valiant Lion comeback falls short in 81-67 loss to Angelo State.
SAN ANGELO– The Texas A&M University-Commerce men’s basketball team fell 81-67 to Angelo State on Saturday. After trailing by 22 in the second half, the Lions cut the ASU lead to just six late but could not overcome the deficit.
The loss brings the Lions to 16-5 and 8-3 in the Lone Star Conference. The Rams improve to 15-5 and 8-3 in conference play.
The Lions return home on Thursday for a game against Cameron. The game will be played at 7:30 p.m. at the Field House. The game will be preceded by the Lion women against the Aggies. Tickets for the doubleheader are available at WeAreLionsTix.com, by calling (903) 468-8756 or by visiting the Lion Sales & Service Box Office in the Field House.
HEAD COACH JARET VON ROSENBERG AFTER THE GAME
– On the team’s second-half comeback: “It was a really positive outcome in that second half. We just played and were more aggressive and did the things that we do. We fought defensively. We did a better job finishing and getting the ball to where we need to offensively to be successful. We have to play that way for the whole game. And we will move forward. It’s a senior group, and we will be ready to bounce back.”
On the team’s mindset coming out of the half: “Instead of looking at it as halves, we cut it into 4-minute mini-games. And I think we won all five mini-games in that second half. That’s how you chip away at the lead. The clock just ran out on us. We cut it to six, but when the clock ran down, it became a foul fest, and it got back to 14. I hope we can build on that half.”
– On the team’s early struggles: “I told our guys, and maybe it was me, but when you have a guy like Reggie out who controls the ball a lot for us, we just weren’t crisp. We didn’t have a good offensive flow in the first half. And that led to our defense. You can’t play good offensively if you keep guarding like we did. You have to play both sides of the ball like we did in the second half.”
– On the play of Carson Tuttle in his first start: “He was good for us. He got comfortable early getting us into the offense. He settled in very nicely and had a good game for us. We need him to continue to develop and continue to get better.”
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– Trey Conrod (Kilgore) led the team with 17 points, going 7-of-12 from the field.
– Willie Rooks (Houston – North Forest) had 16 points and led the team with seven rebounds.
– Deonta Terrell (Chicago, Ill.) had 14 points and led the team with three assists. Carson Tuttle (Mukilteo, Wash.) also scored in double figures with 11 points.
– The Lions shot 58 percent in the second half after shooting 30 percent in the first.
– The game was spotless as the teams combined to commit just 17 turnovers.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Lions got off to a cold start to the half, being held scoreless for the first three minutes of the game. Rooks made the first shot of the game for the Lions. ASU held an early 9-2 lead. The Lions began to hit shots, and the teams traded buckets for several minutes. Midway through the half, the Lions trailed by eight.
The Lions cut the lead to six points with nine minutes to go in the half before ASU went on a 13-0 lead to pull away. Rooks hit a buzzer-beating three to send the Lions into the half trailing 39-19.
Rooks led the way for the Lions with seven points. The Lions were held to 30 percent shooting in the half while ASU shot 55 percent.
The Rams pushed their lead to 22 points early in the half before the Lions began to push back. Conrod hit an early three and also had a three-point play. Terrell also had multiple baskets as the Lions cut the lead to 13 points with 13 minutes to play. The teams began to trade baskets, with the Lions unable to cut the lead under 12. With six minutes left, the Lions trailed by 14.
The Lions made one final push in the last five minutes of the game. Tuttle hit a three and Conrod made a layup to cut the ASU lead under 10 points. Conrod hit another three, and a putback layup by Rodney Brown cut the ASU lead to just seven points with less than three minutes to play. At the two minute mark, Terrell hit a layup, and the ASU lead was only six points. It was not meant to be however as ASU hit its free throws and the Lions couldn’t get the points they needed to get over the hump.
Lions fall 84-70 to No. 20 Angelo State.·
SAN ANGELO– The Texas A&M University-Commerce women’s basketball team lost 84-70 to No. 20 Angelo State on Saturday. The Lions fell behind in the first quarter and could not overcome the deficit.
The loss brings the Lions to 13-7 on the season and 8-4 in the Lone Star Conference. The Rambelles improved to 16-2 and 11-1 in conference play.
The Lions return home on Thursday for a game against Cameron. The game will be played at 5:30 p.m. at the Field House. The game will be followed by the Lion men against the Aggies. Tickets for the doubleheader are available at WeAreLionsTix.com, by calling (903) 468-8756 or by visiting the Lion Sales & Service Box Office in the Field House.
HEAD COACH JASON BURTON AFTER THE GAME
– On the team’s performance: “We were able to score 70. We just didn’t do a good job on the boards today. This is the worst rebounding performance we’ve had all year. To get outrebounded by 20, we still put ourselves in position with some of the turnovers. We took care of the basketball today. But shots didn’t go in, and we didn’t get rebounds when shots didn’t go in. We just fell short today.”
– On getting back on track: “I know we wanted to win this game but we have to focus on the things we are doing well, and that is in our control. Rebounding is under our control. We have to do a better job rebounding and doing a better job of being dominant there. We will watch the film Monday, we will regroup, and we will get ready for Cameron on Thursday.”
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– Ekaterina Zhibareva (Liske, Russia) led the Lions with 13 points in the game. She also co-led the team with five rebounds.
– Alexis Bryant (Pflugerville) had 12 points. Alexus Jones (Lewisville – Aledo) had 11 points, and Maddison Glass (Missouri City – Hightower) added 10.
– Princess Davis (Shreveport, La.) had eight points and led the team with three assists. With her 29 minutes, she moved into second place in program history in minutes played.
– ASU shot 52 percent in the game, including 63 percent in the first half. The Lions shot 36 percent in the game.
– The Lions caused 21 ASU turnovers against just 10 of their own.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Lions got off to a strong start, taking 10 of the first 14 points. Zhibareva had two early buckets in the paint, and two threes gave the Lions a lead. ASU answered with a 12-0 run to take a 16-10 lead with three minutes left. ASU pushed its lead to eight before the Lions went on a late run. ASU led 23-20 after one quarter.
An early basket by the Lions cut the Rambelle lead to just one point in the second. ASU then made consecutive shots to pad its lead. The Lions kept pace with ASU until the six-minute mark of the quarter when the Rambelles went on a run, taking their first double-digit lead of the day. A late bucket by the Lions sent them into halftime trailing 50-36.
Bryant led the Lions with 10 points in the half. Davis added seven points, and Zhibareva had six. The Rambelles were on fire in the first half, making 62.5 percent of their shots in both quarters.
The Lions, just like they did in the first half, started the second half on a tear. They went on a 12-4 run and cut the Rambelle lead to only six points. Zhibareva made a pair of baskets, including a three-point play. The Lions trailed 54-48 with five minutes left in the third. ASU charged back, scoring the final seven points of the quarter to take a 61-48 lead into the last quarter.
ASU built its lead up to 22 points in the fourth. The Lions cut into the lead to bring it down to just 14 points. But the Lions could not close the rest of the gap.
No. 9 Lions hit three homers in 9-6 win over Washburn.
CONROE– The No. 9 Texas A&M University-Commerce softball team defeated Washburn 9-6 on Saturday afternoon. After getting ahead early, the Lions lost the lead but fought back and won the game.
The win brings the Lions to 3-0 on the season. It is the fifth consecutive season the Lions have started the season 3-0. Washburn – a 2018 regional participant – falls to 0-3 on the year.
The Lions return to action Sunday with two more games in the Arkansas Tech Winter Invitational. The Lions will face Central Oklahoma at 9 a.m. and will then meet Colorado School of Mines at 11:30 a.m. Both games will be played at the Scrap Yard Sports Complex in Conroe.
HEAD COACH RICHIE BRUISTER AFTER THE GAME
– On the game: “It was great that we dealt with adversity. We got ahead, and then they came back and got the lead. And we were back in that familiar spot of being down. But we stayed patient and calm. Our hitters were going to come around. It was great to see the offense come alive. We still have some things to work on. We had 12 walks, which was good. But we need to have some more timely hitting to drive them in.”
– On the bat of Kinsie Hebler: “Kinsie brought her bat today with the grand slam and the two-run homer. She had a big day.”
– On the play of the defense: “Otto came in and did what she does. We had some great defensive plays behind her. Jodie Hill did a good job defensively and had a big double play. Then, Noriega had a great double play with the strikeout-throwout. That was huge to help us end the ballgame.”
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– The Lions drew 12 walks, the third most in a single game in program history.
– Kinsie Hebler (Cypress) hit two home runs, including her fifth career grand slam. She had six RBIs and two walks.
– Vanessa Muro (Oak Hills, Calif.) hit her first home run of the season, a solo shot in the third inning.
– Kayla Kilcrease (Kerens) had a single and also drove in a run on a walk. Chealsea Slider (Texarkana, Ark.) also had an RBI on a base on balls.
– Kimber Neal (Atascocita) drew three walks and also scored a run and had a hit. Jodie Hill (Heavener, Okla.) had a single and a run scored.
– Hebler started the game in the circle, pitching 1.2 innings. Emily Otto (Richmond – Lamar Consolidated) pitched the final 5.1 innings, earning her second win of the season.
– Bri Sims (Rowlett) drew two walks. Avery Boley (Fort Worth – Nolan Catholic) and Otto also drew a walk.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Kilcrease got the first hit for the Lions as she doubled in the top of the first. After Hebler and Sims drew walks, Kilcrease scored on a walk drawn by Slider. The Lions were not able to bring any more runs across and held a 1-0 lead. The Ichabods answered back with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first. Washburn took a 2-1 lead after one complete inning.
The Lions regained the lead with a huge second inning. After a walk from Neal, Hill singled as did Boley. Kilcrease then drew a walk to drive in a run to tie the game. With the bases loaded, Hebler came to the plate and smashed a pitch to left center, bringing in all three base runners. The Lions took a 6-2 lead.
Washburn scored three runs in the bottom of the inning to cut the Lion lead to one run after two complete innings. Otto was called into the circle to get the final out of the inning, and she drew a flyout.
Muro hit a home run in the top of the third and Hebler hit a two-run shot in the top of the fourth as the Lions built their lead back up. Otto continued to pitch well also, recording two strikeouts and retiring the side in two consecutive innings. After four complete, the Lions held a 9-5 lead.
The Ichabods scored another run in the fifth inning, but that was all they could muster. The Lions continued to draw walks but could not get the hits they needed to drive in more runs. The Lion defense held firm, however, not allowing another run to cross the plate as the Lions took home the win.
No. 9 Lions kick off 2019 season with two come-from-behind wins.
CONROE– The No. 9 Texas A&M University-Commerce softball team kicked off the 2019 season with two wins in the team’s opening tournament. The Lions defeated St. Mary’s 2-1 in the morning before knocking off tournament host No. 20 Arkansas Tech 8-4 in the afternoon. Both of the wins were come-from-behind wins.
The Lions are now 2-0 on the season. The Lions have won the first two games in every season of their five-year existence.
The Lions return to action tomorrow as they face Washburn. The game will be played at 10:30 a.m. at the Scrap Yard Sports Complex in Conroe.
HEAD COACH RICHIE BRUISTER AFTER TODAY’S ACTION
– On the team winning the opening game pitcher’s duel: “That about sums it up. It was quick. If you were at home, it was a boring game to watch on the live stats. But if you were at the field, it was one of those stressful, old-school games. I got a text from Coach Piper saying that that was old school. It was a great defensive battle. Otto coming out to pitch like that was awesome.”
– On the offense stringing together hits in the 7th inning: “For our offense to keep their heads in it and have two seniors come up big for us was really good. We were down 1-0 in the top of the seventh, and Kilcrease led off, and Bri came up with a big two-run home run for us. It was a great defense, great pitching, and timely hitting.”
– On the play of Bri Sims on opening day: “Bri had a great day today. She had several clutch hits for us. It was great to see her bat come alive early. We certainly needed that. We got some people on, and she came up big with a home run and a two-out RBI in that second game. It was an excellent day for her.”
– On the team overcoming an early deficit in game two: “It was good to see our team keep our composure getting down early. It wasn’t a big deal, and we put some runs on the board, and Katie Dean pitched awesome. She gave up some runs, but some of those were unearned runs. She had a great outing.”
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE (St. Mary’s)
– Bri Sims (Rowlett) hit the game-winning home run in the seventh inning, driving in two runs.
– Kayla Kilcrease (Kerens) had a single and scored on the homer by Sims.
– Emily Otto (Richmond – Lamar Consolidated) pitched a complete game, striking out seven while giving up just two hits. It was the 14th entire game of her career.
– Kynslee Noriega (Kyle – Lehman) and Kimber Neal (Atascocita) also had a single each.
HOW IT HAPPENED (St. Mary’s)
Both teams took their time to get their offense going, as both sides had three-and-outs in the first two innings. Otto struck out two batters in the second inning for the Lions.
Noriega got the offense going for the Lions, recording the first hit of the season. A bunt single from Neal put two runners on with one out. However, the Lions were unable to get the runners around, and the game stayed scoreless. Otto had two more strikeouts in the bottom of the third.
Neither team could get things going in the next three innings either as the defense continued to play well on both squads. That ended in the bottom of the sixth as St. Mary’s leadoff hitter smacked a home run to left field to get St. Mary’s on the board first. Otto got another strikeout to end the inning.
The Lions answered back in the top of the seventh inning. Kilcrease led off with a single, and she was driven home on a home run from Sims to left field. The Lions took a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the seventh. Otto completed the game, striking out another batter and not allowing a base runner in the inning to seal the Lion win.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE (Arkansas Tech)
– Just as she did in the first game, Bri Sims (Rowlett) hit a home run to left field. She also had the game-winning RBI on a two-RBI single in the fifth inning. She scored a run and drove in three RBIs.
– Kimber Neal (Atascocita) had two hits and two RBIs.
– Kayla Kilcrease (Kerens) had a hit and scored two runs. Ciera Nunez (Amarillo – Randall) also had a double and scored two runs.
– Jodie Hill (Heavener, Okla.), Jordan Sherrell (Schertz – Samuel Clemens) and Lindsay Garner (McKinney – McKinney North) all scored runs.
– Katie Dean (Whitesboro) pitched 6.2 innings, striking out two batters and throwing 63 strikes in 93 pitches to get the win. Emily Otto (Richmond – Lamar Consolidated) got the final out on a strikeout.
– Nunez, Hill, Sherrell, and Neal all had stolen bases.
HOW IT HAPPENED (Arkansas Tech)
Neither team had a baserunner in the first inning as the defenses scooped up every grounder hit their way. The Lions then got on the board in the second inning. Kilcrease and Slider both singled to put runners on. After Sherrell came in for Slider to pinch run, Kilcrease scored on a single from Neal. Sherrell scored on a double steal, and the Lions took a 2-0 lead.
ATU countered with three runs in the bottom of the second inning. A single and a throwing error put two runners on with no outs. A double scored one run, and a single scored two more as ATU took a 3-2 lead after two complete innings.
After two singles and a walk loaded the bases for ATU in the bottom of the third, Dean struck out the next batter to get the Lions out of the jam. The Lions tied the game in the top of the fourth on a homer from Sims. After four complete innings, the game was tied at three.
The Lions regained the lead in the fifth inning. Nunez led off with a double, and Kinsie Hebler drew a walk. After Garner pinch ran for Hebler, both she and Nunez scored on a single from Sims. Kilcrease drew a walk and scored on a single from Neal. Dean retired the side in the bottom of the inning, and the Lions took a 6-3 lead into the sixth inning.
The Lions pushed two more runs across in the sixth inning. Nunez and Hill both drew walks to lead off. Nunez and Hill pulled off a double steal attempt, and an errant throw allowed Nunez to score. Hill also scored on two wild pitches. The Lions took an 8-3 lead into the seventh inning.
ATU had two singles in the seventh to drive in a run and Otto was called upon to come in for the last out. She pitched a four-pitch strikeout and the Lions left with the win.
Lions hold on to knock off A&M-Kingsville 80-77 on the road.
KINGSVILLE– The Texas A&M University-Commerce men’s basketball team defeated Texas A&M-Kingsville 80-77 on Thursday night. In a game that was back and forth throughout, the Lions held on in the final minutes to get the victory.
The win brings the Lions to 16-4 on the season and 8-2 in the Lone Star Conference. The Javelinas fall to 10-8 and 6-4 in conference play.
The Lions return to action on Saturday as they travel to San Angelo to face Angelo State. The game will be played at 4:00 p.m. at the Junell Center.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– Willie Rooks (Houston – North Forest) led the Lions with 20 points. He made 7-of-11 shots. He also had a double-double with 13 rebounds.
– Reggie Reid (Harlem, Ga.) had 12 points and also had two steals.
– Deonta Terrell (Chicago, Ill.) just missed a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds. Srdan Budimir (Karadjordjevo, Serbia) had 11 points.
– Trey Conrod (Kilgore) and Rodney Brown (Beaumont – West Brook) also had 10 points apiece.
– Both teams shot 42 percent from the field. The Lions made four more free throws than did the Javelinas.
HEAD COACH JARET VON ROSENBERG AFTER THE GAME
– On the team’s ability to pull out the win: “We just found a way to win. It’s what we talk about, just finding a way to win. It doesn’t matter if it is by one point or 50. You just have to find a way to win. And that’s a gutsy win for a team that has been going through injuries and things.”
– On having guys step up after foul trouble and injury changed the lineup: “We needed other guys to step up. Reggie and Willie have been constants. For Willie to come up with 13 rebounds against a very good rebounding team was huge. Deonta coming off the bench came up with 10. Those are big plays that kept our lead.”
– On the team’s play: “That is the best game we have played from an execution standpoint. We were more patient offensively than we have been. That’s a huge positive. We always talk about getting better as the season goes along. Offensively we really controlled the game better than we sometimes have. And we got enough stops. We got stops in spurts and got enough to come out on top.”
HOW IT HAPPENED
The first five minutes was a back-and-forth battle as both teams looked to establish themselves early. With five minutes gone in the game, the teams were tied at seven. The Lions then went on a run, with Reid getting a three and a three-point play. Two more threes gave the Lions a 12-point lead. Midway through the half, the Lions led by 10.
The Lions pushed their lead to 14 points before the Javelinas made a run to cut the Lion lead down to just two points at the half. The Lions went into halftime with a 38-36 lead.
Rooks led the team with 12 points and eight rebounds while Reid added eight points. The Lions shot 41 percent from three in half.
After the Javelinas tied the game early in the second half, the Lions again went on a run, with Conrod hitting two buckets. The Lions once again took a double-figure lead. The Javelinas fought back to cut the lead back down to just one point and at the midway mark, the teams were tied once again.
Both teams went on mini-runs before the Lions pushed their lead to eight points at the five-minute mark. The teams traded free throws and baskets, with the Lions holding onto their lead. A couple turnovers down the stretch kept the Javelinas in the game but the Lions were able to hit their free throws, and they left with the win.
Lion offense explodes in the second half in 91-57 win over A&M-Kingsville.
KINGSVILLE– The Texas A&M University-Commerce women’s basketball team defeated Texas A&M-Kingsville 91-57 on Thursday night. The Lions caught fire from the field in the second half to win in a commanding fashion.
The win brings the Lions to 13-6 on the season and 8-3 in the Lone Star Conference. The Javelinas fall to 8-10 and 5-6 in conference play. The Lions swept the season series against the Javelinas, winning both games by more than 30 points each.
The Lions return to action on Saturday as they travel to San Angelo to face No. 20 Angelo State. The game will be played at 2:00 p.m. at the Junell Center.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– The Lions scored 38 points in the third quarter, the second most in a single quarter in program history.
– Chania Wright (DeSoto) led the Lions with 19 points, all of which came in the second half. She went 5-of-6 from behind the arc in the second half.
– Princess Davis (Shreveport, La.) had 14 points and led the team with five assists.
– Ekaterina Zhibareva (Liske, Russia) had 12 points in the game and also had six rebounds. Alexus Jones (Lewisville – Aledo) also scored in double figures with 11 points.
– Mykiel Burleson (Pflugerville) led the team with nine rebounds and also had seven points. Delyssa Miller (Arlington – Homeschool) had eight points and seven rebounds.
– The Lions shot 40 percent in the game while shooting 48 percent in the second half. The Lions shot 60 percent from three in the second half.
– The Lions forced 24 turnovers which led to 27 points. The Lions also had 46 points in the paint.
HEAD COACH JASON BURTON AFTER THE GAME
– On the win: “I’m proud of my ladies. This is not an easy place to play. They were with us back and forth in that first quarter. In the second quarter, our defense picked up a little bit. But we didn’t make a three in the first half. To have what I thought were some wide open threes not go in, to still go into the half up 12 I felt good. But, the second half, we kept focused, and shots fell.”
On the team’s big third quarter: “Chania had a big third quarter, as well as everyone else. We went 7-of-9 from three. And our defense pretty much stayed the same but offensively, we picked it up and played how we are capable of playing. And we were able to pull away.”
On getting everyone into the game: “It was good to see everybody get some minutes and not run anybody too ragged. Because we have a big one on Saturday. If you can get that first win on Thursday and not wear anybody out, that’s big for the next game.”
On the upcoming game against Angelo State: “We know what’s at stake against them. You go back to our last game against them and look at the first quarter, we had too many turnovers in that first quarter, and we couldn’t overcome that. The game plan is to come out of that first quarter neck-and-neck or winning that quarter. And we need to take care of the basketball.”
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Lions started cold from the field, missing their first seven shots from the field. The Lion defense held the Javelinas in check early as well. The Lions began to attack the paint as Davis hit two early chances. Midway through, the teams were tied at eight. The Lions took their first lead with three minutes as both sides traded buckets in the final minutes. The Lions took a 15-14 lead into the second quarter.
The Lions started the second half on a tear, scoring the first 10 points of the quarter. Offensive rebounds helped the Lion cause as both Agang Tac (Garland – Sachse), and Alexis Bryant (Pflugerville) had putback shots. Zhibareva also got into the scoring by netting a three-point play. The Lions took a 12-point lead midway through the half. The teams traded buckets for the remainder of the half, and the Lions led 33-22 entering halftime.
Zhibareva led the Lions with nine points in the first half, while also pulling in four rebounds. Davis had six points. Maddison Glass (Missouri City – Hightower) had four rebounds and led the defense with two steals. Both teams shot 32 percent in the first half. The Lions got to the foul line 13 times in the half and also pulled in 12 offensive rebounds.
The Lion offense exploded in the third quarter, more than doubling their first-half scoring output. The Lions opened the quarter with four triples, including two from Wright as she found her stroke. The teams traded baskets for several minutes before another barrage of threes came from the Lions. With three minutes left in the quarter, the Lions had a 20-point lead. It would not stop there. Miller had a three-point play as the Lions continued to pull ahead. A buzzer beater three from Wright sent the Lions into the fourth with a 71-41 lead.
The Lions continued to score at will early in the fourth, pushing their lead to as many as 36 before inserting the reserves. The Lion bench also continued to shoot well, and the Lions left with the 34-point win.
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