West Texas A&M 110, A&M-Commerce 37
Location: First United Bank Center * Canyon, Texas
Records: A&M-Commerce (1-10, 0-5 LSC); West Texas A&M (8-4, 6-0 LSC)
Up Next: vs. Eastern New Mexico * Saturday, January 7 * 6 p.m. * The Field House
CANYON, Texas -- Few things went right for A&M-Commerce in its first game of 2012 as the Lions never found their groove in a 110-37 loss to West Texas A&M at the First United Bank Center. The Lions drop to 1-10 on the season and 0-5 in Lone Star Conference play while the Lady Buffs improve to 8-4 overall and 6-0 in LSC action.
Danielle Dixon once again led the Lions with 10 points, marking the 10th time this season she has finished in double figures. Apreia Booker finished with eight points and for rebounds for A&M-Commerce with Breanna Harris finishing with six points and nine rebounds for the Lions. Michelle Sutton also had six points with a pair of assists for the Lions.
The Lions have historically struggled against West Texas, although a jumper by Dixon early in the game put A&M-Commerce on the board first, giving the Lions a 2-0 lead. But that was the extent of the highlights for A&M-Commerce as the Lady Buffs exploded, shooting 69 percent from the floor in the first half, compared to just 29.6 percent for A&M-Commerce as West Texas took a 62-20 lead into the halftime break.
Things didn't get any better in the second half for the Lady Lions as the West Texas onslaught continued. The Lady Buffs continued to roll, reaching 100 points in a game for the first time in nearly five years, routing A&M-Commerce 110-37. The Lions finished with 26 turnovers in the game, leading to a 45-4 discrepancy in points off turnovers.
West Texas A&M closed out the game shooting 61.5 percent from the floor while A&M-Commerce finished at 27.8 percent, hitting just 15 of its 54 shots on the night. The Lions failed to convert a three-point attempt at the First United Bank Center, putting up just three on the night, and continued to struggle from the free throw line, hitting just seven of 21 attempts (33.3 percent).
The loss for A&M-Commerce was the third-worst in program history, trailing only a 131-41 defeat to Mississippi College in 1976 and a 126-38 defeat to West Texas A&M in the 1989 Lone Star Conference tournament. The 37 points scored is the lowest in a game for the Lions since a 68-36 loss to Southwestern Oklahoma in 1998. A&M-Commerce also falls to 5-43 all-time against West Texas.
Five different Lady Buffs scored in double figures, led by 26 from Kenisha Harris and 23 from Devin Griffin. Chontiquah White posted a double-double for the Lady Buffs off the bench, finishing with 18 points and 10 rebounds while Casey Land posted 13 points and Joni Unruh finished with 12. Lacee Logan was West Texas' top rebounder, pulling down 11 boards.
The Lions will try to put the loss behind them quickly as they return to the Field House for a meeting with Eastern New Mexico on Saturday, January 7. A&M-Commerce has won five-straight over the Zias, including three in a row in Commerce. Opening tip-off is set for 6 p.m.