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Lions wrap up the regular indoor season at Gorilla Classic.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – The Texas A&M University-Commerce men’s and women’s track and field teams performed in their final meet of the regular indoor season at the Gorilla Classic on Friday and Saturday.

“This was by far the best that we’ve completed this indoor season,” said Lion head track and field coach George Pincock. “Josh Boateng broke his own school, and Grenadian national record and the men’s 4×400 relay ran phenomenally with the second fastest time this year in Division II.

“On the women’s side, we saw a lot of the young freshmen make some breakthroughs that will help the team as we move into the championship portion of our season. Most importantly, the team was extremely supportive of each other. If we carry that supportive attitude into the LSC Championships next week, I know that a few athletes will step up and deliver.”

Five qualifying marks on the men’s side highlighted the meet for the blue and gold, with the men’s 4×400 meter relay team capping the event with a meet record. The time of 3:10.44 put up by Gabriel Peterson (Lancaster), D’Lance Sharp (Commerce), Stadrian Taylor (Lancaster), and Rashard Clark (Los Angeles, Calif.) is an automatic qualifying time and the second-quickest in the nation this season.

Hudson Hall (Gregory-Portland) earned a top 10 mark in the nation in the men’s pole vault at 5.06m (16-7 ¼), likely punching his ticket for a return trip to Pittsburg.

Another top 10-mark in the nation came from Sir Morgan Loudd (Waco – La Vega), who established a personal best in the men’s triple jump with a provisional qualifying mark of 15.05m (49-4 ½).

Josh Boateng (St. George’s, Grenada) improved his A&M-Commerce school record, Grenadian national record, and provisional qualifying mark in the men’s shot put by a foot and two inches, moving ahead to 17.77m (58-3 ¾).

Jordan Wilson (Blytheville, Ark.) leaped into the top 15 in the nation in the men’s long jump with a career-best mark of 7.26m (23-10).

The Lions’ full indoor contingent will now switch into postseason mode, traveling to Lubbock next Saturday and Sunday for the Lone Star Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships at Texas Tech. This meet will also serve as the final chance to set or improve qualifying marks for the NCAA Division II National Championships.

AUTOMATIC QUALIFYING MARK

Men’s 4x400m Relay – Gabriel Peterson, D’Lance Sharp, Stadrian Taylor, Rashard Clark – 3:10.44 (Meet Record)

PROVISIONAL QUALIFYING MARKS
Men’s Long Jump – Jordan Wilson – 7.26m (23-10)
Men’s Pole Vault – Hudson Hall – 5.06m (16-7 ¼)
Men’s Shot Put – Josh Boateng – 17.77m (58-3 ¾)
Men’s Triple Jump – Sir Morgan Loudd – 15.05m (49-4 ½)

 

 

Blazing start and high assist-total lift Lions 89-63 over MSU Texas.

COMMERCE – The Texas A&M University-Commerce men’s basketball team defeated MSU Texas 89-63 on Saturday afternoon on at the Field House. The Lions dominated in the first half with a high shooting percentage and cruised to victory.

The win brings the Lions to 18-5 on the season and 10-3 in the Lone Star Conference. The Mustangs fall to 6-17 and 2-11 in conference play. The crowd of 1,431 cheered on the Lions as part of “Fill The Field House” presented by the Enrollment Management Division.

The Lions return to action on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. They will face Tarleton at Wisdom Gym in Stephenville.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

– Trey Conrod (Kilgore) led all scorers with a season-high 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting. He also shot 4-of-5 from three-point range.
– Willie Rooks (Houston – North Forest) had a solid game scoring 16 points while dishing out five assists and pulling down eight boards.
– Deonta Terrell (Chicago, Ill.) also had 16 points and pulled down three rebounds. Srdan Budimir (Karadjordjevo, Serbia) and Rodney Brown (Beaumont – West Brook) also scored 11 points each.
– The Lions shot an impressive 48 percent from the field and 37 percent from three-point range. A&M-Commerce shot 66 percent in the first half. The Lions assisted on 23 of their 30 made baskets in the game.
– The Lions outscored the Mustangs 36-26 in the paint and also outscored MSU 23-8 on points off turnovers.
– The Lions led by as many as 29 in the game and never trailed.

HEAD COACH JARET VON ROSENBERG AFTER THE GAME

On the teams play in the paint: “The key was we were able to control the paint in that first half. They didn’t have an offensive rebound until about three minutes left in half. That’s where they can really hurt you. Our guys really listened and did a really nice job in that first half.”

On the play of Clarence Evans as a starter: “Cal did an unbelievable job. He did exactly what he needed to do. He took care of the basketball, took care of the basketball and had a couple rebounds. He was looking to play the role we had him play and did an unbelievable job. You have to be ready when your number is called, and he definitely was.

On the team’s high assist total: “We had three guys with five assists and one guy with four. That is just unbelievable. We had 15 assists in the first half. This group is just playing really unselfishly right now. They are feeling the right opportunity of whether to take theirs or one more pass like we talk about. We are sharing the basketball at a very nice pace right now, and that’s allowing guys to have confidence. We can do a lot of things offensively when the team buys into doing that.”

HOW IT HAPPENED.

The Lions started the game off strong, jumping out to an early 24-9 lead after all five starters got in on the action. Rooks and Conrod were very efficient along with a very active Terrell. The Lion defense swarmed the Mustangs in the opening stanza, with the Lions scoring 16 points off turnovers.

The Lions dominated the entire first half, scoring at will and would lead as many as 28 points in the opening period. A very poised Carson Tuttle (Mukilteo, Wash.) and Clarence Evans (Austin – Aggieland) directed the Lion offense, and the Lions went into the break leading 52-26.

The Lions shot 66 percent in the first half on 19-of-29 shooting and shot 55 percent from three on 6-of-11 from behind the arc. Conrod and Rooks each led the Lions with 13 points. The Lion defense kept the Mustangs in check, allowing MSU to shoot just 29 percent from the field and 18 percent from three.

MSU cut the Lion lead to 17 points midway through the half, but that was as close as the Mustangs would get. The Lions went on a 7-0 run to get the lead back to 27 after Conrod knocked down a three. Conrod continued to be effective in the low post, crashing the boards and causing problems for the Mustangs.

With the lead at 27, all the Lions needed to do was cruise home. Evans, who made his first start of the season, came in for relief for Tuttle again late in the matchup. Evans got everyone involved, and Terrell finished things off for the Lions after a flashy dime from Evans, draining the Lions’ final basket of the contest.

 

 

Davis becomes program all-time minutes leader as Lions knock off MSU Texas 73-61.·

COMMERCE– The Texas A&M University-Commerce women’s basketball team defeated MSU Texas 73-61 on Saturday afternoon. The Lions jumped on the Mustangs in the second half to secure to victory.

The win propels the Lions to 15-7 on the season and 10-4 in the Lone Star Conference. The Mustangs fall to 8-13 and 5-9 in conference play. A crowd of 1,073 witnessed the game as part of “Fill The Field House” presented by the Enrollment Management Division.

The Lions will be back in action next Tuesday to take on Tarleton. The game will be played in Stephenville at 5:30 p.m. at Wisdom Gym.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

– Alexis Bryant (Pflugerville) co-led the team with 16 points and also had a double-double with 12 rebounds.
– Ekaterina Zhibareva (Liske, Russia) also had 16 points, shooting 8-for-12 from the field.
– Alexus Jones (Lewisville – Aledo) added 14 points, and Chania Wright (DeSoto) had 10 points.
– Late in the first quarter, Princess Davis (Shreveport, La.) recorded enough time to become the program’s all-time minutes leader. Davis has now played a program-record 3,398 minutes. She had seven points and led the team with four assists.
– The Lions shot 42 percent from the field and scored 42 points in the paint. The Lions also forced 16 turnovers, turning them into 26 points.
– With the win, the Lions are now guaranteed to finish the season above .500. This is the fifth consecutive season the Lion women have finished .500 or above, which sets a program record.

HEAD COACH JASON BURTON AFTER THE GAME

His comments to the team after the game: “I told them we are playing like an NCAA-caliber team. We just need to keep doing what we are doing, one game at a time. The things that teams do that play deep into March, we are doing those things. We have to keep doing that. It is a long process. We can’t take anybody lightly. One game at a time. We have to find ways to win, and we did that today.”

On the play of Alexis Bryant: “We did a tremendous job of getting her the ball, and she did a great job of finishing. We’ve been working on getting the ball to the post, and it has translated. Alexis Bryant and Kate have both looked good these last two games. We need that. We have had tremendous guard play all year. When we have our post-playing like they are right now, it makes us tough to guard. The way they are scoring is very good for us.”

On the upcoming matchup against Tarleton: “They are a good team. I feel like we are always playing them late in the season. Their front line is very talented. They do a good job in the high-low. I thought last time we had a good game plan and our attention to detail was high. This difference this time is we will be on the road, and it is a quick turnaround. We will have less time to prepare. Tuesday will be here before we know it.”

HOW IT HAPPENED

The scoring went back and forth to start the game as the teams traded baskets early on in the matchup. Zhibareva and Bryant protected the paint early on for the Lions, but neither side could pull away from each other, and the Lions led 20-19 after a quarter of play.

The Mustangs were much more physical in the second quarter, and it showed as MSU shot 10 free throws in the quarter and got the Lions in foul trouble. Although being in foul trouble, the Lions were still able to maintain a lead against the Mustangs. The Lions extended their lead to as many as seven in the quarter after Maddison Glass (Missouri City – Hightower) penetrated the lane multiple times and Zhibareva gave the Lions good second chance opportunities by crashing the glass. Rebounding kept the Lions in the game as MSU took a 36-34 lead going into halftime.

Zhibareva led the Lions with eight points in the half while Jones and Davis both added six points, while Bryant and Glass each had five. The Lions outrebounded the Mustangs 21-13 in half.

The Lions came out much more efficient on the offensive end to start the second half. The Lions jumped out to a 40-36 lead after Bryant and Jones both got to the free throw line early. Bryant continued to dominate the paint as she hit four more free throws and scored quickly in the paint and the Lions regained the seven-point lead. The Lions concluded the quarter with an eight-point advantage after Zhibareva scored four more points. The Lions took a 57-49 lead going into the fourth.

The Lions put some distance between them and the Mustangs and extended their lead to 12 early on in the quarter. Wright got some good looks, scoring two quick buckets midway through the quarter to keep the Lions clear from the Mustangs. MSU could never get the score under 10 in the fourth, and the Lions finished with a 73-61 victory.

 

 

Davis becomes program all-time minutes leader as Lions knock off MSU Texas 73-61.

COMMERCE– The Texas A&M University-Commerce women’s basketball team defeated MSU Texas 73-61 on Saturday afternoon. The Lions jumped on the Mustangs in the second half to secure to victory.

The win propels the Lions to 15-7 on the season and 10-4 in the Lone Star Conference. The Mustangs fall to 8-13 and 5-9 in conference play.

The Lions will be back in action next Tuesday to take on Tarleton State. The game will be played in Stephenville at 5:30 p.m. at Wisdom Gym.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

– Alexis Bryant (Pflugerville) co-led the team with 16 points and also had a double-double with 12 rebounds.
– Ekaterina Zhibareva (Liske Russia) also had 16 points, shooting 8-for-12 from the field.
– Alexus Jones (Lewisville – Aledo) added 14 points and Chania Wright (DeSoto) had 10 points.
– Late in the first quarter, Princess Davis recorded enough time to become the program’s all-time minutes leader. Davis has now played a program-record 3,398 minutes. She had seven points and led the team with four assists.
– The Lions shot 42 percent from the field and scored 42 points in the paint. The Lions also forced 16 turnovers, turning them into 26 points.
– With the win, the Lions are now guaranteed to finish the season above .500. This is the fifth consecutive season the Lion women have finished .500 or above, which sets a program record.

HEAD COACH JASON BURTON AFTER THE GAME

His comments to the team after the game: “I told them we are playing like an NCAA-caliber team. We just need to keep doing what we are doing, one game at a time. The things that teams do that play deep into March, we are doing those things. We have to keep doing that. It is a long process. We can’t take anybody lightly. One game at a time. We have to find ways to win, and we did that today.”

On the play of Alexis Bryant: “We did a tremendous job of getting her the ball, and she did a great job of finishing. We’ve been working on getting the ball to the post, and it has translated. Alexis Bryant and Kate have both looked good these last two games. We need that. We have had tremendous guard play all year. When we have our post-playing like they are right now, it makes us tough to guard. The way they are scoring is very good for us.”

On the upcoming matchup against Tarleton: “They are a good team. I feel like we are always playing them late in the season. Their front line is very talented. They do a good job in the high-low. I thought last time we had a good game plan and our attention to detail was high. This difference this time is we will be on the road, and it is a quick turnaround. We will have less time to prepare. Tuesday will be here before we know it.”

HOW IT HAPPENED

Both teams were back and forth to start the game as the teams traded baskets early on in the matchup. Zhibareva and Bryant protected the paint early on for the Lions, but neither side could pull away from each other, and the Lions led 20-19 after a quarter of play.

The Mustangs were much more physical in the second quarter, and it showed as MSU shot 10 free throws in the quarter and got the Lions in foul trouble. Although being in foul trouble, the Lions were still able to maintain a lead against the Mustangs. The Lions were able to extend their lead to as many as seven points after Jocelyn Pierce (Argyle) provided a spark off the bench. The Lions extended their lead to seven once again in the quarter after Maddison Glass (Missouri City – Hightower) penetrated the lane multiple times and Zhibareva gave the Lions good second chance opportunities by crashing the glass. Rebounding kept the Lions in the game as MSU took a 36-34 lead going into halftime.

Zhibareva led the Lions with eight points in the half, Jones and Davis both added six points, while Bryant and Glass each had five. The Lions outrebounded the Mustangs 21-13 in half.

The Lions came out much more efficient on the offensive end to start the second half. The Lions jumped out to a 40-36 lead after Bryant and Jones both got to the free throw line early. Bryant continued to dominate the paint as she hit four more free throws and scored quickly in the paint and the Lions all of a sudden had a seven-point lead. The Lions concluded the quarter with an eight-point advantage after Zhibareva scored four more points. The Lions took a 57-49 lead going into the fourth.

The Lions put some distance between them and the Mustangs and extended their lead to 12 early on in the quarter. Wright got some good looks, scoring two quick buckets midway through the quarter to keep the Lions clear from the Mustangs. MSU could never get the score under 10 in the fourth, and the Lions finished with a 73-61 victory.

 

 

No. 9 Lions game against Drury canceled due to extreme cold weather.

SAN ANTONIO– The No. 9 Texas A&M University-Commerce softball team has announced a schedule change. Due to the extremely frigid temperatures and player safety concern, the Lions’ game against Drury, scheduled for 12:15 p.m. today, has been canceled. As of 9:00 a.m. CST, the Lions’ game against Regis, scheduled to be played at 4:45 p.m. today, is still on schedule.

The Lions are currently 7-1 on the season after defeating St. Mary’s and New Mexico Highlands yesterday in the first day of the St. Mary’s College Classic. The Lions are also scheduled to face Colorado School of Mines at 12:15 p.m. on Sunday.

Further schedule updates will be found on LionAthletics.com and the Lion Softball twitter page (@Lion_Softball).

 

 

No. 9 Lions blast New Mexico Highlands 27-3, blank St. Mary’s 3-0 on the first day of the tournament.

SAN ANTONIO– The No. 9 Texas A&M University-Commerce softball team picked up two wins in the first day of the St. Mary’s College Classic. The Lions defeated New Mexico Highlands 27-3 in the morning before knocking off host St. Mary’s 3-0 in the afternoon. Temperatures through the day hovered at 40 degrees or below, with significant winds affecting both games.

The wins bring the Lions to 7-1 on the season.

The Lions return to action tomorrow for two more games in San Antonio. The Lions will face Drury University at 12:15 p.m. before facing Regis at 4:45 p.m. Both games will be played at the St. Mary’s Softball Complex.

HEAD COACH RICHIE BRUISTER AFTER THE GAMES

On the historic scoring output in game one: “We knew it was time for our offense to break out. It was only a matter of time. And we did today, which was wonderful. They kept it warm for us because it was certainly cold. It was great to see that offense come out.”
On the play of Kayla Kilcrease and Jodie Hill: “They came up with some clutch hitting. We got some people on base, and they came through with some big hits. It’s great to come up with that timely hitting. Anywhere through our lineup, people can get it done. It just happened to be them. It was great to see them come alive.”

On the pitching performances: “Very happy for Dean to come out and play that way for us, especially with how cold it was. That’s the coldest conditions I’ve ever played in. She kept people off balance and had some good defense behind her. It was exciting to see how she performed. Then Otto came out tonight, and we had a 20 mile per hour sustained wind out of the north. It felt like 25 degrees. For her to pitch the way that she did was outstanding. She kept us in the ball game, and we finally scored a few runs to give her some insurance there. Those were two outstanding pitching performances.”

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE (N.M. Highlands)

– Bri Sims (Rowlett) continued her hot streak, going 3-for-3 with three runs scored and six RBIs. She had the game-winning RBI and also had a two-run homer.
– Kayla Kilcrease (Kerens) hit a grand slam in the second inning, her second career grand slam. She finished with three runs scored and five RBIs.
– Katie Dean (Whitesboro) pitched 4.0 innings, striking out three without giving up an earned run.
– The Lions scored 27 runs, setting a program record for most in a single game. The mark was one run shy of tying the LSC record. The Lions also set the program single-inning record, bringing in 16 runs in the second inning.
– 10 different Lions had RBIs, and 15 players scored runs. The Lions hit .600 as a team while also drawing 11 walks.
– The Lions had 22 different players play in the game.

HOW IT HAPPENED (N.M. Highlands)

After surrendering a double early in the first, Dean worked her way out of the inning. She forced a double-play grounder and also had a strikeout. The Lions then took the lead in the bottom of the first. After walks and steals from both Ciera Nunez (Amarillo – Randall) and Kilcrease, Sims came to the plate and singled to the left, bringing in two runs. The Lions led 2-1 after one complete inning.

The Cowgirls brought a run across in the top of the second inning before the Lions went to work. The Lions tore the game open in the second, scoring 16 runs. The first four runners reached base with three singles and a walk. Kilcrease then came to the plate and blasted a pitch over the fence for a grand slam. After another base on balls, Sims then went to the plate and hit a two-run homer of her own. Jodie Hill (Heavener, Okla.) had a triple that drove in two more runs. Sims had another two-run single and Hill had another one RBI. In all, seven different Lions had RBIs in the inning. The Lions led 18-1 after two complete.

After a quick top of the third inning from Dean, the Lions again went to work in the bottom. Chealsea Slider (Texarkana, Ark.) had a single drive in a run, Avery Boley (Fort Worth – Nolan Catholic) had a sacrifice fly, and Vanessa Muro (Oak Hills, Calif.) had an RBI single. After three complete, the Lions led 22-1.

The Lions brought five more runs across in the fifth inning, including an RBI single from Ta’Lyn Moody (Mansfield) and a base-clearing 3-RBI double for Laney Searcy (Houston – Cypress Falls). The Lions led 27-1 after four complete innings. NMHU scored two runs in the fifth inning.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE (St. Mary’s)

– Jodie Hill (Heavener, Okla.) gave the Lions the lead in the second inning with a solo home run.
– Emily Otto (Richmond – Lamar Consolidated) pitched a complete game shutout. Otto had four strikeouts and surrendered just two hits. It was her 16th career entire game.
– Kimber Neal (Humble – Atascocita) had two hits, drove in a run and scored a run.
– Kayla Kilcrease (Kerens) had two hits and an RBI. Ciera Nunez (Amarillo – Randall) also scored a run.

HOW IT HAPPENED (St. Mary’s)
The Lions had two baserunners reach in the top of the first. Neal and Kilcrease were in scoring position but could not be brought around. In the bottom of the first, Otto retired the side in order, including a swinging strike. The game was scoreless after one complete.

Hill led off the second inning and took hold of a pitch. Despite the wind blowing in, Hill’s bat creamed the throw over the left-center wall to give the Lions the lead. Otto got two more swinging strikeouts in the bottom of the inning as the Lions held a 1-0 lead after two innings.

The teams went scoreless in both the third and fourth innings. The Lion defense continued to play well as the Rattlers were held to just one hit over that same span.

The Lions bolstered their lead in the fifth inning. Nunez doubled and was brought in on the double by Neal. After stealing third, Neal came home on a single from Kilcrease. Otto continued her hot streak, holding the Rattlers without a hit. After five complete innings, the Lions held a 3-0 lead.

Otto continued to be an unsolvable riddle for the Rattlers as she again held St. Mary’s without a hit. She held the Rattlers without connecting in the final three innings as the Lions left with the shutout.

Marcus Jensen
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