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The women’s basketball series at Angelo State moved to Saturday and Sunday.

COMMERCE – They adjusted the schedule for this weekend’s two-game women’s basketball series between Texas A&M University-Commerce and Angelo State. 

The Lions and Rambelles will now play on Saturday, January 30, and Sunday, January 31, in ASU’s Junell Center. Both of the Lone Star Conference games set to tip-off at 3:30 pm. 

Stay tuned to LionAthletics.com and our social media channels for updates on schedules throughout the season.

Lions ranked No. 7 in the initial TFRI Rating Index.

NEW ORLEANS – The Texas A&M University-Commerce men’s indoor track and field team is ranked seventh nationally in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA) rating index. 

The TFRI is calculated based on performances in the 2021 indoor season on the national descending order list. The Lions are also ranked second in the South Central Region using the TFRI method. 

The Lions are paced by eight marks, which rank in the top 10 nationally. Ushan Perera (Mahabage, Sri Lanka) leads the nation in the high jump with his 2.21 meter (7-foot-3) school-record mark. 

Lamarion Arnold (Montgomery, Ala.) ranks second nationally in the 200-meter dash (21.24 seconds) and sixth nationally in the 60-meter dash (6.82 seconds). 

Micky Ferdinand (Micoud, St. Lucia) ranks second nationally in the high jump (2.11m, 6-11) and seventh in the pole vault (4.83m, 15-10). 

Dorian Andrews (Dallas – Skyline) ranks seventh nationally in the 60-meter hurdles at 8.16 seconds. Gage Marshall (Windsor, Ontario, Canada) ranks ninth nationally in the 200-meter dash at 21.89 seconds, and the 4×400 meter relay time of 3:18.45 ranks eighth nationally.

The Lions return to the track this Friday and Saturday at the Washburn University Open in Topeka, Kan.

2021 USTFCCA NTFRI – Full Ranking and Details (PDF)
January 26 (Week 1)

Rank School Points
1 Grand Valley State 236.81
2 Ashland 179.12
3 Lee (Tenn.) 170.65
4 Central Missouri 167.13
5 Northwest Missouri State 157.06
6 West Texas A&M 120.55
7 A&M-COMMERCE 117.32
8 Findlay 99.36
9 Colorado-Colorado Springs 94.13
10 Tiffin 91.04
11 Harding 74.17
12 Colorado State-Pueblo 55.99
13 Nebraska-Kearney 53.42
14 Alabama-Hunstville 52.37
15 Pittsburg State 46.64
16 Chadron State 35.94
17 Northwood (Mich.) 33.3
18 Missouri Southern 30.14
19 Northern State 28.37
20 Montevallo 28.13
21 Fort Hays State 25.42
22 Wayne State (Neb.) 25.09
23 Minnesota State-Moorhead 24.4
24 Minnesota State 22.58
25 Queens (N.C.) 21.47

Lions open season ranked No. 9 in NFCA Coaches’ Poll.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Texas A&M University-Commerce softball team will begin the 2021 season ranked ninth nationally by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, as announced Wednesday. It marks the 34th consecutive poll in which A&M-Commerce ranked in the nation’s top 25. 

The Lions completed the shortened 2020 season with a 16-7 record overall and a 5-3 record in Lone Star Conference play. The Lions never lost to an unranked team during the 2020 year. 

The Lions finished the season as the second-ranked team in the nation in fielding percentage while also ranking in the top 25 in the nation in earned run average and walks and hits per innings pitched. The Lions led the LSC in fielding percentage and lowest team ERA during the season. 

The Lion pitching staff finished the year with a 2.55 ERA, with 171 strikeouts while holding hitters to a .182 batting average. The Lion offense hit .288 on the year, averaging 4.5 runs per game with a .369 on-base percentage and 47 stolen bases. 

The Lions open the season on February 5 and 6 with four games against Arkansas Tech and Texas A&M International. 

A&M-Commerce has seven teams in the preseason top 25 on this year’s schedule – all slated to be home games. No. 1 Southern Arkansas, No. 3 Augustana, No. 4 UT Tyler, No. 5 Angelo State, No. 13 Oklahoma Christian, No. 18 Rogers State, and No. 19 Lubbock Christian are all scheduled to visit the John Cain Family Softball Complex. 

They release the second NFCA Division II Coaches Poll on February 17.

2021 NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll
January 27 (Preseason)

Rank School Points 2020 Final Record 2020 Final Ranking
1 Southern Arkansas (16) 400 22-2 1
2 North Georgia 381 23-4 3
3 Augustana 358 16-3 4
4 UT Tyler 354 17-3 5
5 Angelo State 318 19-6 7
6 Young Harris 314 19-3 6
7 Saint Leo 312 23-7 8
8 Rollins 280 21-3 9
9 A&M-COMMERCE 260 16-7 10
10 Trevecca Nazarene 258 15-3 11
11 Concordia Irvine 238 17-5 13
12 Valdosta State 196 18-5 15
13 Oklahoma Christian 179 21-5 16
14 Saint Anselm 168 16-4 12
15 Winona State 166 13-7 NR
16 Lenoir-Rhyne 164 20-4 21
17 Southern Indiana 141 15-4 19
18 Rogers State 136 21-8 17
19 Lubbock Christian 109 20-6 18
20 UAH 101 15-8 25
21 Indianapolis 86 14-5 RV
22 Lincoln Memorial 83 16-5 14
23 West Chester 66 12-3 NR
24 Tampa 38 19-9 RV
25 Grand Valley State 23 13-3 RV

Receiving Votes: Minnesota State (18), West Liberty (18), Francis Marion (9), MSU Denver (9), Biola (8), St. Cloud State (5), Central Oklahoma (2), Texas A&M -Kingsville (2).