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Balanced scoring effort leads No. 17 Lions past Cameron.

LAWTON, Okla. – The No. 17 Texas A&M University-Commerce women’s basketball team rolled to a decisive division-opening victory over the Cameron Aggies on Thursday evening, 89-71.  

The win improved the Lions to an overall record of 5-1, 5-0 in the Lone Star Conference. Cameron falls to 3-3, 3-3 in the LSC. 

There will be a rematch between the Lions and Aggies on Saturday. This time the showdown will take place at the Field House in Commerce. 

HEAD COACH JASON BURTON AFTER THE GAME

– On the team’s performance: “We came out the first half and followed the game plan to a “T”. They came out in a 1-3-1, and that was unexpected. Kudos to them for trying something different. Offensively we did a really good job of handling something we were not expecting and still found ways to score. Defensively in the second half, we just stopped playing defense, and it was an offensive battle. Last game it was first to 80 wins, and luckily tonight, we got to 80 first.”

– On having the team all together: “We had two players who have not played in a couple of weeks come in and make a huge impact. And Faith Bland, who really has not played at all, because of the foul trouble in the first half and the matchups played really well. I thought she had a chance to really come on to the floor and make a difference for us, and she played big in the minutes she was in the game. For Dyani to be out for so long, to be 10-for-10 from the free-throw line with five assists and one turnover. She really ran the show and played offense and defense at a high level. She also got some big timely baskets. Then Juliana, who was on a minute restriction, played less than 12 minutes and had nine points and seven rebounds. You can tell it is a different team when we have all our team out there on the floor.” 

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

– Dyani Robinson (Cypress – Langham Creek) returned to action and did not miss a beat, matching her season-high in points with 23. She also led the team with five assists. Robinson is the seventh player in Division II this season to go 100% from the foul line with ten or more makes (10-for-10).

– DesiRay Kernal (Newton, Kan.) continued her season’s success putting in 16 points on her birthday while flirting with a double-double, grabbing eight rebounds. Chania Wright (DeSoto) was the only other Lion who scored in double figures with 10 of her own.

– Agang Tac (Sachse) had her second consecutive game with eight points. A group of three other Lions also scored between seven and nine points, including Asiyah Smith (Conway, Ark.) with seven, Jordyn Beaty (Woodville) with eight, and Juliana Louis (Long Beach, Calif.) with nine.

– The Lions out-shot the Aggies from the field, making 44.4 percent of their field goals to the Aggies’ 38.7 percent. Both squads got to the free-throw line at a high rate, but A&M-Commerce went 21-of-27 for 78-percent over the 61-percent from Cameron.

– Turnovers were key as they are in all Lion games, as the Lions scored 18 points off turnovers while Cameron got just six of its own.

– The Lions won the rebounding battle 46-39. A&M-Commerce had a double-digit advantage in both second-chance points (20-10) and the paint points (50-34). 

HOW IT HAPPENED

Robinson put A&M-Commerce on the scoreboard first with two made free throws to start a Lion scoring barrage. The Lions would start the game on a tear, going on a 16-0 scoring run led by five points from Kernal heading into the first media timeout. The Aggies would not score their first points until the 4:47 mark in the opening quarter. After the media timeout, Cameron would outscore the Lions 13-9, but the road team held the commanding 25-13 lead after one quarter of play. 

After Kernal made a free throw to open the second quarter, Louis helped extend the Lion lead to 40-19 in the frame, which was a game-high to this point after the media timeout. Beaty began to emerge as an offensive threat with eight first-half points as the quarter was drawing to a close, and A&M-Commerce owned the 43-24 lead at halftime. 

At the half, the Lions led by 19, and it was mostly to stifling defense and efficient shooting from the floor, shooting 44.4 percent. A&M-Commerce led at the half in scoring with the eight from Beaty. Robinson was not far behind with six, four of which came from the free-throw line. To this point, the road team owned the rebound advantage (25-22), and points off turnovers were in favor of the Lions, 11-4. 

As the second half began, the Lions hit an early basket from Tac, but the offense would proceed to turn the ball over three times in two minutes while also forcing the Aggies to go 0-for-4 from the field. The Aggies proceeded to cut into the A&M-Commerce lead with a 10-4 run, hitting three consecutive baskets in the process, making it a 47-34 game with 6:20 to go in the third quarter. After missing six of seven shots, the Lion offense picked up steam from that point to the end of the quarter. After the media timeout, the Aggies went on a 21-8 run to bring the lead down to as little as eight points. The defense was then able to lead to the offense for A&M-Commerce, resulting in four of five possessions ending in points for the Lions. A&M-Commerce went into the fourth quarter with a 59-47 lead. 

Heading into the final frame, a pair of three-pointers and aggressive defense led to an 11-7 scoring advantage in the early part of the frame, extending the lead to as many as 16 in that time frame. Physical play dominated the game, and that showed as both teams entered the bonus before the first media break of the quarter. After the media timeout, both teams hit their shots at a high rate, but A&M-Commerce made three straight baskets and never allowed the Aggies to make another move to threaten the lead. A&M-Commerce played with the determination to close the Lion way.

170 Lions named to Fall 2020 Lone Star Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll

A&M-Commerce leads the conference with 62 perfect 4.0 GPAs and ranks third in total honorees.

RICHARDSON – Texas A&M University-Commerce is represented by 170 student-athletes on the Fall 2020 Lone Star Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll, as announced by the LSC office Thursday. 

After the fall and spring semesters, they announced the Commissioner’s Honor Roll, with student-athletes qualifying based on grade point average for the current semester. Student-athletes must have a minimum 3.30 GPA for the current semester and be on the roster to be honored.

Of the 170 Lion student-athletes on the Commissioner’s Honor Roll, A&M-Commerce had 62 student-athletes who earned a perfect 4.0 term grade point average, which led the conference. The Lions also ranked third in the league in total honorees behind UT Tyler’s 176 and UT Permian Basin’s 172.

A total of 2,254 student-athletes throughout the league’s 18 institutions in the fall semester earned recognition on the Commissioner’s Honor Roll, with 692 student-athletes earning a perfect GPA.

Student-AthleteCl.SportMajorHometown
Emmanuel AdeoyeSo.Men’s BasketballGeneral BusinessRichmond, Calif.
Serina AguilarSo.SoftballKinesiology & Sports StudiesHouston, Texas
Atiana AlexanderSo.Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & FieldPublic HealthSan Antonio, Texas
Essence AllenFr.VolleyballFinanceLongview, Texas
Phoebe AlvarezR-Fr.VolleyballWildlife and Conservation SciGreenville, Texas
Ryan AmadorSo.Men’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & FieldKinesiology & Sports StudiesJonesboro, Ark.
Sydney AndersenSr.VolleyballAccountingPlacentia, Calif.
Arnezz ArchieR-Jr.FootballIndustrial EngineeringSpring, Texas
Lauren BanningSo.Women’s SoccerKinesiology & Sports StudiesPflugerville, Texas
Brandon BascueR-Jr.FootballAccountingFlower Mound, Texas
Devin BeamonJr.FootballElectrical EngineeringForney, Texas
Michelle BeckerSo.Women’s GolfFinanceSan Antonio, Texas
Brody BlackmonGradMen’s GolfHealth, Kinesiology & Sport StudiesSulphur Springs, Texas
Kara BlasingameSr.Women’s SoccerFinanceOswego, Ill.
Avery BoleySo.SoftballChemistryFort Worth, Texas
Delaney BoleyFr.SoftballBiological ScienceFort Worth, Texas
Evelyn BrownFr.Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field, Cross CountryPsychologyParis, Texas
Rodney BrownR-Sr.Men’s BasketballBusiness AdministrationBeaumont, Texas
Lexi BubenchikSr.Women’s GolfLiberal StudiesNew Concord, Ohio
Frank BurnellFr.FootballUndeclaredKeller, Texas
Jack BusseyR-Fr.FootballSport & Recreation ManagementScurry, Texas
Leslie CampuzanoSr.Women’s SoccerPublic HealthGarland, Texas
Drew CarstensFr.FootballFinanceBridgeport, Texas
Taryn CastR-So.VolleyballKinesiology & Sports StudiesPeaster, Texas
Chelsea CheekSr.Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & FieldCounselingBaytown, Texas
Matt ChildersR-Jr.FootballBusiness AdministrationHenderson, Texas
Caleb CilumbaSr.FootballFinanceKeller, Texas
Emerson CoburnFr.VolleyballKinesiology & Sports StudiesLewisville, Texas
Chance CooperSr.FootballKinesiology & Sports StudiesLeander, Texas
Shamon CraverFr.Athletic TrainingKinesiology & Sports StudiesDallas, Texas
Kyla CrawfordFr.VolleyballBusiness AdministrationCypress, Texas
Amber CrewsJr.Women’s SoccerKinesiology & Sports StudiesLewisville, Texas
McKenna CrossFr.SoftballBiological ScienceBeaumont, Texas
Joe CruzFr.Men’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field, Cross CountryComputer ScienceHillsboro, Texas
Isaiah CurrySr.FootballLearning & TechnologyOxon Hill, Md.
Chris DascherR-So.FootballBusiness AdministrationBoca Raton, Fla.
Riley DavidsonSr.VolleyballMarketingCommerce, Texas
Da’Jia DavisSo.SoftballPublic HealthHillsboro, Texas
Jewelz DempsFr.FootballTechnology ManagementForney, Texas
Veronica DiazSo.Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & FieldBiological ScienceSan Angelo, Texas
Maiya DickieR-So.VolleyballPublic HealthHuntsville, Texas
Austin DoddR-Fr.FootballManagementSulphur Springs, Texas
Mackenzie DugiFr.SoftballBiological ScienceSt. Hedwig, Texas
Samantha DuttonR-Fr.SoftballGeneral StudiesTulsa, Okla.
Uzo EbinamaR-Fr.FootballCriminal JusticeGarland, Texas
Carson EdwardsFr.VolleyballCriminal JusticeLubbock, Texas
D’Angelo EllisSr.FootballManagementCypress, Texas
Dominion EzinwaSr.FootballManagementRancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Trayveon FranklinSo.Men’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & FieldKinesiology & Sports StudiesMontgomery, Texas
Clifford FunderburkR-Fr.FootballBusiness AdministrationForney, Texas
Paige-Lee GarrisSr.Women’s GolfPolitical ScienceWest Palm Beach, Fla.
Abigail GatlinSo.SoftballKinesiology & Sports StudiesSan Antonio, Texas
Zach GilmoreFr.FootballElectrical EngineeringDaingerfield, Texas
Katie GivensSr.Women’s SoccerLearning & TechnologyRockwall, Texas
Nicki GonelliR-Jr.VolleyballSociologyRound Rock, Texas
Lily GriffinFr.Women’s GolfKinesiology & Sports StudiesPalmerston North, New Zealand
Tyler GuilloryGradMen’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & FieldBusiness AdministrationHouston, Texas
Shelby GuinJr.Athletic TrainingKinesiology & Sports StudiesTomball, Texas
Noah HarrisR-So.FootballPhysicsStratford, Texas
Kinsie HeblerSr.SoftballBiological ScienceCypress, Texas
Sophie-Charlott HempelSr.Women’s GolfPsychologyPirmasens, Germany
Dylan HendersonSr.Men’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & FieldHealth, Kinesiology & Sport StudiesDuncanville, Texas
Christina HernandezFr.Women’s SoccerInterdisciplinary StudiesDenison, Texas
Symmone JamesR-Fr.Women’s BasketballKinesiology & Sports StudiesMcKinney, Texas
Bryson JenkinsR-So.FootballSport & Recreation ManagementFrisco, Texas
Nathan JesterR-Fr.FootballHistoryAustin, Texas
Corben JimenezFr.FootballBusiness AdministrationKlein, Texas
Braeja JohnsonFr.Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & FieldBiological ScienceCrowley, Texas
Tori JohnsonFr.Athletic TrainingUndecided – Pre-NursingGrand Prairie, Texas
Jadin JonesFr.FootballPublic HealthKilleen, Texas
William KeelerFr.FootballUndeclaredGallup, N.M.
Chandler KingFr.Men’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & FieldComputer ScienceHughes Springs, Texas
Kaitlyn KingFr.Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field, Cross CountryFinanceFrisco, Texas
Sean-Krystoff KingFr.FootballComputer ScienceHumble, Texas
Leo LaraR-Jr.Men’s BasketballSport & Recreation ManagementSanta Rosa, Texas
Antonio Leali’ie’eR-Sr.FootballHealth, Kinesiology & Sports StudiesCopperas Cove, Texas
Spencer LongSo.FootballGeneral StudiesMont Belvieu, Texas
Kayla LucasR-Fr.VolleyballPublic HealthColorado Springs, Texas
Madison LutherJr.VolleyballMarketingSealy, Texas
Gage MarshallFr.Men’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & FieldKinesiology & Sports StudiesWindsor, Ontario, Canada
Yenifer MartinezSo.Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field, Cross CountryKinesiology & Sports StudiesIrving, Texas
Brooklyn MatthewsFr.Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & FieldAccountingCommerce, Texas
Hallie McCarrollJr.Women’s SoccerGeneral StudiesFrisco, Texas
Tyler McDonoughGradMen’s GolfHealth, Kinesiology & Sports StudiesHorseshoe Bay, Texas
Michael McIntoshFr.FootballAccountingBeaumont, Texas
Riley McIntyreFr.Men’s BasketballKinesiology & Sports StudiesAustin, Texas
Cooper MillerFr.Men’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field, Cross CountryElectrical EngineeringBig Spring, Texas
Hunter MillerR-Fr.FootballElectrical EngineeringBushland, Texas
Dallas MillinSr.Men’s GolfFinanceWright, Wyo.
Uxua ModregoFr.SoftballBiological ScienceBurlada, Spain
Ta’Lyn MoodySr.SoftballSecondary EducationMansfield, Texas
Matt MoraR-Sr.FootballGeneral BusinessManor, Texas
Mallory MorganJr.Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field, Cross CountryBiological ScienceKaty, Texas
Maryam MuhammadSr.Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & FieldInterdisciplinary StudiesSpring, Texas
Patrick MulliganSo.Men’s GolfManagementDallas, Texas
Tehillah NdhlovuSo.Women’s SoccerKinesiology & Sports StudiesYork, England
Solomon NdukweR-Jr.FootballKinesiology & Sports StudiesAlief, Texas
Kimber NealJr.SoftballPolitical ScienceHumble, Texas
Karlee NicholsJr.Women’s GolfPublic HealthSan Antonio, Texas
Danielle NicholsonFr.Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & FieldUndecided – Pre-NursingMcKinney, Texas
Michael NobleSo.FootballKinesiology & Sports StudiesOrange, Calif.
Dorian NorrisFr.Women’s BasketballConstruction EngineeringLake Dallas, Texas
Keekee NowlinSr.Women’s BasketballPublic HealthBryan, Texas
Tyson OliverFr.FootballKinesiology & Sports StudiesRoyse City, Texas
Inma Ortiz PrietoJr.Women’s GolfAgSciTech/Ornament Hort EmphasHuelva, Spain
Emily OttoJr.SoftballInterdisciplinary StudiesRichmond, Texas
Axel PaolucciFr.Men’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & FieldGeneral BusinessLyon, France
Cally PausewangSr.SoftballMathematicsBastrop, Texas
Jessie PayneFr.Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & FieldAccountingGreenville, Texas
Alex PeavyR-So.Men’s BasketballSport & Recreation ManagementSan Antonio, Texas
Aiden PelphreySo.Men’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & FieldSport & Recreation ManagementPrinceton, Texas
Ashley PenningtonSo.VolleyballPsychologyFrisco, Texas
Ushan PereraFr.Men’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & FieldConstruction EngineeringMahabage, Sri Lanka
Jen PetersSo.Women’s SoccerKinesiology & Sports StudiesAllen, Texas
Cameron ProctorJr.FootballCriminal JusticeOxon Hill, Md.
Hyaznarely ‘Nelly’ RamirezSr.Athletic TrainingKinesiology & Sports StudiesGreenville, Texas
Dominique RamseyR-Sr.FootballIndustrial EngineeringConverse, Texas
Maddy RashfordR-Fr.VolleyballKinesiology & Sports StudiesPlacentia, Calif.
Kyevon RiderR-So.FootballMathematicsWhitehouse, Texas
Rylie RobertsonSr.Women’s SoccerInterdisciplinary StudiesRockwall, Texas
Ashlyn RomineFr.VolleyballEnvironmental ScienceRye, Colo.
Brianda Rosales-RamirezFr.Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field, Cross CountryKinesiology & Sports StudiesCelina, Texas
Niv RozenholtzFr.Men’s BasketballGeneral BusinessSt. Legier, Switzerland
Lauren RuminerSo.Women’s SoccerVisual CommunicationDurant, Okla.
Mason RussJr.Men’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & FieldKinesiology & Sports StudiesGrove, Okla.
Steven SanchezSr.Men’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & FieldHealth, Kinesiology & Sports StudiesNew Braunfels, Texas
Madison SchaeferSo.SoftballFinanceFrisco, Texas
Bella SchmukalFr.VolleyballKinesiology & Sports StudiesRockwall, Texas
Makenzie SchottFr.Women’s BasketballUndecided – Pre-NursingFlower Mound, Texas
Lauren ShawSo.Women’s SoccerKinesiology & Sports StudiesLivingston, Texas
Shelbi SheppardR-So.VolleyballKinesiology & Sports StudiesEmory, Texas
Alex ShillowR-Sr.FootballBusiness AdministrationPflugerville, Texas
Ashley ShipleyFr.Women’s BasketballKinesiology & Sports StudiesTucumcari, N.M.
Aislynn ShoreFr.VolleyballCriminal JusticeHockley, Texas
Jayde SickelsFr.VolleyballKinesiology & Sports StudiesGreenville, Texas
Jhonee’ SimpsonFr.Athletic TrainingKinesiology & Sports StudiesMount Pleasant, Texas
Naomi SinkSo.Women’s SoccerCriminal JusticePlano, Texas
Dixon SiueleSr.FootballGeneral StudiesPago Pago, American Samoa
Destiny SkidmoreFr.Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & FieldStudio ArtMarshfield, Mo.
Chealsea SliderSr.SoftballHealth, Kinesiology & Sports StudiesTexarkana, Ark.
Asiyha SmithR-Fr.Women’s BasketballCriminal JusticeConway, Ark.
Austin SmithR-Sr.FootballLiberal StudiesBuford, Ga.
D’Ante SmithFr.FootballKinesiology & Sports StudiesRichardson, Texas
Anne SpearmanJr.Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & FieldHealth, Kinesiology & Sports StudiesMansfield, Texas
Connor StockerlFr.Men’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field, Cross CountryBusiness AdministrationConroe, Texas
Melissa StoreyFr.Women’s SoccerGeneral BusinessTyne and Wear, England
Jovin TanJr.Men’s GolfBusiness AdministrationTaiping, Malaysia
Adrian TaylorFr.Men’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & FieldBusiness AdministrationStellenbosch, South Africa
Dejhia TaylorSr.Athletic TrainingKinesiology & Sports StudiesProsper, Texas
Imani TaylorR-Fr.Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & FieldKinesiology & Sports StudiesSulphur Springs, Texas
Jordan TealFr.Men’s BasketballPsychologyAustin, Texas
Dylan TheissGradAthletic TrainingHealth, Kinesiology & Sport StudiesHackensack, N.J.
Karena TiptonR-Fr.VolleyballSport & Recreation ManagementMidlothian, Texas
Sarah TiptonFr.Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & FieldBiological ScienceForney, Texas
Tanner TownsendFr.Men’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field, Cross CountryKinesiology & Sports StudiesRoyse City, Texas
Keinoshin ToyotaGradAthletic TrainingHealth, Kinesiology & Sport StudiesHiroshima, Japan
Iniuto UkpongSr.Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & FieldKinesiology & Sports StudiesArlington, Texas
Celeste VelaJr.VolleyballIndustrial EngineeringGuadalajara, Mexico
Carter WaidFr.FootballMarketingPlano, Texas
Hailey WanoreckGradWomen’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & FieldHealth, Kinesiology & Sports StudiesBeaumont, Texas
Izzy WardSr.Women’s SoccerPublic HealthMcKinney, Texas
Cora WelchSr.Women’s SoccerVisual CommunicationPlano, Texas
Cedrick Wilcox IIISr.FootballBusiness AdministrationPort St. Lucie, Fla.
Ariana WilliamsJr.Athletic TrainingKinesiology & Sports StudiesMansfield, Texas
Saylor WilliamsFr.SoftballUndecided – Pre-NursingJacksonville, Texas
Christian WiseR-So.FootballLiberal StudiesHouston, Texas
Sarah WongsinthSr.Women’s GolfSport & Recreation ManagementUdon Thani, Thailand
Devlen WoodsR-Fr.FootballGeneral BusinessTyler, Texas
Diamond WoodsFr.VolleyballMarketingKilleen, Texas
Madison ZickSr.Women’s SoccerCommunication StudiesArlington, Texas