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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-Athlete Cl. Sport Major Hometown
Emmanuel Adeoye So. Men’s Basketball General Business Richmond, Calif.
Serina Aguilar So. Softball Kinesiology & Sports Studies Houston, Texas
Atiana Alexander So. Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field Public Health San Antonio, Texas
Essence Allen Fr. Volleyball Finance Longview, Texas
Phoebe Alvarez R-Fr. Volleyball Wildlife and Conservation Sci Greenville, Texas
Ryan Amador So. Men’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field Kinesiology & Sports Studies Jonesboro, Ark.
Sydney Andersen Sr. Volleyball Accounting Placentia, Calif.
Arnezz Archie R-Jr. Football Industrial Engineering Spring, Texas
Lauren Banning So. Women’s Soccer Kinesiology & Sports Studies Pflugerville, Texas
Brandon Bascue R-Jr. Football Accounting Flower Mound, Texas
Devin Beamon Jr. Football Electrical Engineering Forney, Texas
Michelle Becker So. Women’s Golf Finance San Antonio, Texas
Brody Blackmon Grad Men’s Golf Health, Kinesiology & Sport Studies Sulphur Springs, Texas
Kara Blasingame Sr. Women’s Soccer Finance Oswego, Ill.
Avery Boley So. Softball Chemistry Fort Worth, Texas
Delaney Boley Fr. Softball Biological Science Fort Worth, Texas
Evelyn Brown Fr. Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field, Cross Country Psychology Paris, Texas
Rodney Brown R-Sr. Men’s Basketball Business Administration Beaumont, Texas
Lexi Bubenchik Sr. Women’s Golf Liberal Studies New Concord, Ohio
Frank Burnell Fr. Football Undeclared Keller, Texas
Jack Bussey R-Fr. Football Sport & Recreation Management Scurry, Texas
Leslie Campuzano Sr. Women’s Soccer Public Health Garland, Texas
Drew Carstens Fr. Football Finance Bridgeport, Texas
Taryn Cast R-So. Volleyball Kinesiology & Sports Studies Peaster, Texas
Chelsea Cheek Sr. Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field Counseling Baytown, Texas
Matt Childers R-Jr. Football Business Administration Henderson, Texas
Caleb Cilumba Sr. Football Finance Keller, Texas
Emerson Coburn Fr. Volleyball Kinesiology & Sports Studies Lewisville, Texas
Chance Cooper Sr. Football Kinesiology & Sports Studies Leander, Texas
Shamon Craver Fr. Athletic Training Kinesiology & Sports Studies Dallas, Texas
Kyla Crawford Fr. Volleyball Business Administration Cypress, Texas
Amber Crews Jr. Women’s Soccer Kinesiology & Sports Studies Lewisville, Texas
McKenna Cross Fr. Softball Biological Science Beaumont, Texas
Joe Cruz Fr. Men’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field, Cross Country Computer Science Hillsboro, Texas
Isaiah Curry Sr. Football Learning & Technology Oxon Hill, Md.
Chris Dascher R-So. Football Business Administration Boca Raton, Fla.
Riley Davidson Sr. Volleyball Marketing Commerce, Texas
Da’Jia Davis So. Softball Public Health Hillsboro, Texas
Jewelz Demps Fr. Football Technology Management Forney, Texas
Veronica Diaz So. Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field Biological Science San Angelo, Texas
Maiya Dickie R-So. Volleyball Public Health Huntsville, Texas
Austin Dodd R-Fr. Football Management Sulphur Springs, Texas
Mackenzie Dugi Fr. Softball Biological Science St. Hedwig, Texas
Samantha Dutton R-Fr. Softball General Studies Tulsa, Okla.
Uzo Ebinama R-Fr. Football Criminal Justice Garland, Texas
Carson Edwards Fr. Volleyball Criminal Justice Lubbock, Texas
D’Angelo Ellis Sr. Football Management Cypress, Texas
Dominion Ezinwa Sr. Football Management Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Trayveon Franklin So. Men’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field Kinesiology & Sports Studies Montgomery, Texas
Clifford Funderburk R-Fr. Football Business Administration Forney, Texas
Paige-Lee Garris Sr. Women’s Golf Political Science West Palm Beach, Fla.
Abigail Gatlin So. Softball Kinesiology & Sports Studies San Antonio, Texas
Zach Gilmore Fr. Football Electrical Engineering Daingerfield, Texas
Katie Givens Sr. Women’s Soccer Learning & Technology Rockwall, Texas
Nicki Gonelli R-Jr. Volleyball Sociology Round Rock, Texas
Lily Griffin Fr. Women’s Golf Kinesiology & Sports Studies Palmerston North, New Zealand
Tyler Guillory Grad Men’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field Business Administration Houston, Texas
Shelby Guin Jr. Athletic Training Kinesiology & Sports Studies Tomball, Texas
Noah Harris R-So. Football Physics Stratford, Texas
Kinsie Hebler Sr. Softball Biological Science Cypress, Texas
Sophie-Charlott Hempel Sr. Women’s Golf Psychology Pirmasens, Germany
Dylan Henderson Sr. Men’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field Health, Kinesiology & Sport Studies Duncanville, Texas
Christina Hernandez Fr. Women’s Soccer Interdisciplinary Studies Denison, Texas
Symmone James R-Fr. Women’s Basketball Kinesiology & Sports Studies McKinney, Texas
Bryson Jenkins R-So. Football Sport & Recreation Management Frisco, Texas
Nathan Jester R-Fr. Football History Austin, Texas
Corben Jimenez Fr. Football Business Administration Klein, Texas
Braeja Johnson Fr. Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field Biological Science Crowley, Texas
Tori Johnson Fr. Athletic Training Undecided – Pre-Nursing Grand Prairie, Texas
Jadin Jones Fr. Football Public Health Killeen, Texas
William Keeler Fr. Football Undeclared Gallup, N.M.
Chandler King Fr. Men’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field Computer Science Hughes Springs, Texas
Kaitlyn King Fr. Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field, Cross Country Finance Frisco, Texas
Sean-Krystoff King Fr. Football Computer Science Humble, Texas
Leo Lara R-Jr. Men’s Basketball Sport & Recreation Management Santa Rosa, Texas
Antonio Leali’ie’e R-Sr. Football Health, Kinesiology & Sports Studies Copperas Cove, Texas
Spencer Long So. Football General Studies Mont Belvieu, Texas
Kayla Lucas R-Fr. Volleyball Public Health Colorado Springs, Texas
Madison Luther Jr. Volleyball Marketing Sealy, Texas
Gage Marshall Fr. Men’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field Kinesiology & Sports Studies Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Yenifer Martinez So. Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field, Cross Country Kinesiology & Sports Studies Irving, Texas
Brooklyn Matthews Fr. Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field Accounting Commerce, Texas
Hallie McCarroll Jr. Women’s Soccer General Studies Frisco, Texas
Tyler McDonough Grad Men’s Golf Health, Kinesiology & Sports Studies Horseshoe Bay, Texas
Michael McIntosh Fr. Football Accounting Beaumont, Texas
Riley McIntyre Fr. Men’s Basketball Kinesiology & Sports Studies Austin, Texas
Cooper Miller Fr. Men’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field, Cross Country Electrical Engineering Big Spring, Texas
Hunter Miller R-Fr. Football Electrical Engineering Bushland, Texas
Dallas Millin Sr. Men’s Golf Finance Wright, Wyo.
Uxua Modrego Fr. Softball Biological Science Burlada, Spain
Ta’Lyn Moody Sr. Softball Secondary Education Mansfield, Texas
Matt Mora R-Sr. Football General Business Manor, Texas
Mallory Morgan Jr. Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field, Cross Country Biological Science Katy, Texas
Maryam Muhammad Sr. Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field Interdisciplinary Studies Spring, Texas
Patrick Mulligan So. Men’s Golf Management Dallas, Texas
Tehillah Ndhlovu So. Women’s Soccer Kinesiology & Sports Studies York, England
Solomon Ndukwe R-Jr. Football Kinesiology & Sports Studies Alief, Texas
Kimber Neal Jr. Softball Political Science Humble, Texas
Karlee Nichols Jr. Women’s Golf Public Health San Antonio, Texas
Danielle Nicholson Fr. Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field Undecided – Pre-Nursing McKinney, Texas
Michael Noble So. Football Kinesiology & Sports Studies Orange, Calif.
Dorian Norris Fr. Women’s Basketball Construction Engineering Lake Dallas, Texas
Keekee Nowlin Sr. Women’s Basketball Public Health Bryan, Texas
Tyson Oliver Fr. Football Kinesiology & Sports Studies Royse City, Texas
Inma Ortiz Prieto Jr. Women’s Golf AgSciTech/Ornament Hort Emphas Huelva, Spain
Emily Otto Jr. Softball Interdisciplinary Studies Richmond, Texas
Axel Paolucci Fr. Men’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field General Business Lyon, France
Cally Pausewang Sr. Softball Mathematics Bastrop, Texas
Jessie Payne Fr. Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field Accounting Greenville, Texas
Alex Peavy R-So. Men’s Basketball Sport & Recreation Management San Antonio, Texas
Aiden Pelphrey So. Men’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field Sport & Recreation Management Princeton, Texas
Ashley Pennington So. Volleyball Psychology Frisco, Texas
Ushan Perera Fr. Men’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field Construction Engineering Mahabage, Sri Lanka
Jen Peters So. Women’s Soccer Kinesiology & Sports Studies Allen, Texas
Cameron Proctor Jr. Football Criminal Justice Oxon Hill, Md.
Hyaznarely ‘Nelly’ Ramirez Sr. Athletic Training Kinesiology & Sports Studies Greenville, Texas
Dominique Ramsey R-Sr. Football Industrial Engineering Converse, Texas
Maddy Rashford R-Fr. Volleyball Kinesiology & Sports Studies Placentia, Calif.
Kyevon Rider R-So. Football Mathematics Whitehouse, Texas
Rylie Robertson Sr. Women’s Soccer Interdisciplinary Studies Rockwall, Texas
Ashlyn Romine Fr. Volleyball Environmental Science Rye, Colo.
Brianda Rosales-Ramirez Fr. Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field, Cross Country Kinesiology & Sports Studies Celina, Texas
Niv Rozenholtz Fr. Men’s Basketball General Business St. Legier, Switzerland
Lauren Ruminer So. Women’s Soccer Visual Communication Durant, Okla.
Mason Russ Jr. Men’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field Kinesiology & Sports Studies Grove, Okla.
Steven Sanchez Sr. Men’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field Health, Kinesiology & Sports Studies New Braunfels, Texas
Madison Schaefer So. Softball Finance Frisco, Texas
Bella Schmukal Fr. Volleyball Kinesiology & Sports Studies Rockwall, Texas
Makenzie Schott Fr. Women’s Basketball Undecided – Pre-Nursing Flower Mound, Texas
Lauren Shaw So. Women’s Soccer Kinesiology & Sports Studies Livingston, Texas
Shelbi Sheppard R-So. Volleyball Kinesiology & Sports Studies Emory, Texas
Alex Shillow R-Sr. Football Business Administration Pflugerville, Texas
Ashley Shipley Fr. Women’s Basketball Kinesiology & Sports Studies Tucumcari, N.M.
Aislynn Shore Fr. Volleyball Criminal Justice Hockley, Texas
Jayde Sickels Fr. Volleyball Kinesiology & Sports Studies Greenville, Texas
Jhonee’ Simpson Fr. Athletic Training Kinesiology & Sports Studies Mount Pleasant, Texas
Naomi Sink So. Women’s Soccer Criminal Justice Plano, Texas
Dixon Siuele Sr. Football General Studies Pago Pago, American Samoa
Destiny Skidmore Fr. Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field Studio Art Marshfield, Mo.
Chealsea Slider Sr. Softball Health, Kinesiology & Sports Studies Texarkana, Ark.
Asiyha Smith R-Fr. Women’s Basketball Criminal Justice Conway, Ark.
Austin Smith R-Sr. Football Liberal Studies Buford, Ga.
D’Ante Smith Fr. Football Kinesiology & Sports Studies Richardson, Texas
Anne Spearman Jr. Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field Health, Kinesiology & Sports Studies Mansfield, Texas
Connor Stockerl Fr. Men’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field, Cross Country Business Administration Conroe, Texas
Melissa Storey Fr. Women’s Soccer General Business Tyne and Wear, England
Jovin Tan Jr. Men’s Golf Business Administration Taiping, Malaysia
Adrian Taylor Fr. Men’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field Business Administration Stellenbosch, South Africa
Dejhia Taylor Sr. Athletic Training Kinesiology & Sports Studies Prosper, Texas
Imani Taylor R-Fr. Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field Kinesiology & Sports Studies Sulphur Springs, Texas
Jordan Teal Fr. Men’s Basketball Psychology Austin, Texas
Dylan Theiss Grad Athletic Training Health, Kinesiology & Sport Studies Hackensack, N.J.
Karena Tipton R-Fr. Volleyball Sport & Recreation Management Midlothian, Texas
Sarah Tipton Fr. Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field Biological Science Forney, Texas
Tanner Townsend Fr. Men’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field, Cross Country Kinesiology & Sports Studies Royse City, Texas
Keinoshin Toyota Grad Athletic Training Health, Kinesiology & Sport Studies Hiroshima, Japan
Iniuto Ukpong Sr. Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field Kinesiology & Sports Studies Arlington, Texas
Celeste Vela Jr. Volleyball Industrial Engineering Guadalajara, Mexico
Carter Waid Fr. Football Marketing Plano, Texas
Hailey Wanoreck Grad Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field Health, Kinesiology & Sports Studies Beaumont, Texas
Izzy Ward Sr. Women’s Soccer Public Health McKinney, Texas
Cora Welch Sr. Women’s Soccer Visual Communication Plano, Texas
Cedrick Wilcox III Sr. Football Business Administration Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Ariana Williams Jr. Athletic Training Kinesiology & Sports Studies Mansfield, Texas
Saylor Williams Fr. Softball Undecided – Pre-Nursing Jacksonville, Texas
Christian Wise R-So. Football Liberal Studies Houston, Texas
Sarah Wongsinth Sr. Women’s Golf Sport & Recreation Management Udon Thani, Thailand
Devlen Woods R-Fr. Football General Business Tyler, Texas
Diamond Woods Fr. Volleyball Marketing Killeen, Texas
Madison Zick Sr. Women’s Soccer Communication Studies Arlington, Texas