A&M-Commerce Lions at Midwestern State Mustangs
Wednesday, January 25 • 6 p.m.
D.L Ligon Coliseum • Wichita Falls, Texas
Records: A&M-Commerce (1-15, 0-10 LSC); Midwestern State (13-3, 9-1 LSC)
A&M-Commerce Lions vs. Cameron Aggies
Saturday, January 28 • 6 p.m.
The Field House • Commerce, Texas
Records: A&M-Commerce (1-15, 0-10 LSC); Cameron (12-4, 8-3 LSC)
Radio: KETR 88.9 FM (listen online at KETR.org)
Live Stats: LionAthletics.com
The Lions will first meet with the Mustangs of Midwestern State at the D.L Ligon Coliseum, where the Mustangs have proved to be a tough team to beat since they are 8-1 at home this season. The Mustangs have already handed the Lions a tough loss earlier this season, 81-44. The Cameron Aggies will be just a big wall too climb as well, posting an 12-4 record, and coming off a narrow loss to the Mustangs 65-58. The Aggies defeated the Lions once this season 68-52 after a back and forth battle all evening back on December 3rd.
Lions On The Web:
Lion basketball fans will be able to keep up with all the action this week as the Lions take on the Mustangs of Midwestern State and the Cameron Aggies. J.P. Heath will be resuming his play-by-play duties for both games on KETR 88.9 FM and you can follow online at KETR.org. The live stats for both games will be available at LionAthletics.com.
Scouting the Mustangs:
2011-12: 13-3 overall, 9-1 Lone Star.
Last Three Games: W at Eastern New Mexico (70-67), W vs West Texas A&M (88-76), W at Cameron (65-58).
Head Coach: Noel Johnson (Texas Tech, '95). Third season at Midwestern State (27-51, .346); Third season overall (27-51, .346).
Mustangs Key Players:
• Savannah Carver (Sr., G): 243 pts. (15.2 avg.), 36.9 FG pct., 71.1 FT pct., 51 reb. (3.4 avg.), 21 ast., 26 stl.
• Kirsti Degelia (So., G): 153 pts. (10.2 avg.), 43.7 FG pct., 70.8 FT pct., 64 reb. (4.3 avg.), 34 ast., 12 stl.
• Dianna Jones (Fr., G): 140 pts. (10.0 avg.), 41.6 FG pct., 38 reb. (2.7 avg.), 28 ast., 21 stl.
• Cierra Thompson (Sr., F): 136 pts. (8.5 avg.), 37.9 FG pct., 91 reb. (5.7 avg.), 6 blk., 22 stl., 15 ast.
• Shatoia Gober (Fr., G): 126 pts. (7.9 avg.), 45.4 FG pct., 78 reb. (4.9 avg.), 23 ast., 20 stl.
The Lions had a slow first half in their first battle against Midwestern State leading to a tough 81-44 loss. Midwestern has a controlling 34-17 lead in the series over the Lions. The Mustangs are currently on a 3 game winning streak over the Lions stretching back two seasons.
Scouting the Aggies:
2011-12: 12-4 overall, 8-3 Lone Star.
Last Three Games: W vs. Eastern New Mexico (59-47), W at West Texas A&M (60-56), L vs. Midwestern State (65-58).
Head Coach: Tom Webb (Southwestern Minnesota State, '96). Third season at Cameron (28-54, .341); Seventh season overall (121-86, .584).
Aggies Key Players:
• Julie Paunovic (Sr., F): 234 pts. (14.6 avg.), 42.0 FG pct., 58.5 FT pct., 114 reb. (7.1 avg.), 14 ast., 13 blk., 20 stl.
• Sabelle Diata (Sr., F): 207 pts. (12.9 avg.), 44.3 FG pct., 60.6 FT pct., 146 reb. (9.1 avg.), 17 ast., 43 blk., 18 stl.
• Nicole Pendarvis (Sr., G): 182 pts. (11.4 avg.), 42.5 FG pct., 54 reb. (3.4 avg.), 5 blk., 86 ast., 20 stl.
• Alexis Williams (Jr., G): 175 pts. (10.9 avg.), 33.3 FG pct., 66 reb. (4.1 avg.), 35 ast., 29 stl.
• Ali Brown (So., G): 81 pts. (5.1 avg.), 39.7 FG pct., 83 reb. (5.2 avg.), 16 ast., 13 stl.
A&M-Commerce leads the series 19-16, but has struggled with the Aggies as of lately. The Aggies have one of the longest winning streaks over the Lions which is currently at 4 games. The Lions fought a close battle with Cameron back on December 3rd, until the wheels came of late in the game giving the Aggies the win.
Harris Dominating for the Lions with Seven Double-Doubles:
Sophomore Breanna Harris has been a key contributor throughout the season for A&M-Commerce, ranking second on the team in points per game (11.2) while leading the Lions in rebounds per game (9.2). Harris earned her first Double-double against Central Ohio State (Nov. 26) when she scored 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and never looked back. She notched double-doubles against Incarnate Word (Dec. 7) and at Texas Woman's (Dec. 13), against Newman State (Dec. 29), Eastern New Mexico (Jan. 7), and when the Lion's hosted Angelo State (Jan. 14). Harris recently broke her career high in points (17), when she scored 20 points and snagged 10 rebounds in her seventh double-double against the undefeated Tarleton TexAnns on (Jan. 18.)
Stevenson Leading the Lions from the Bench:
Sophomore Bianca Stevenson has been on a hot streak for the Lions knocking down 18-25 shots, scoring 38 points in the last 5 games. During her 5 game streak she played a season high of 27 minutes and notched her season high of 17 points and fell one rebound short of a double-double against Abilene Christian (Jan. 11). Stevenson has not only been hitting shots for the Lions, she has also been dominating the boards grabbing 33 rebounds and averaging 6.6 rebounds per game in the last 5 contests.
The Lions will be remaining home and welcome the Cardinals of Incarnate Word on Wednesday, February 1st at 6:00 PM. The Lions already faced off with the Cardinals earlier this season at the McDermott Center and suffered a rough 79-49 loss back on December 7th. The Lions will then have back-to-back battles with Texas A&M-Kingsville starting at the Hampton Inn Court in Kingsville, Texas on Saturday February 4th at 1:00 PM. The Javelinas will then turn around and come up to the Field House to meet the Lions on Monday, February 6th at 6:00 PM. The Javelinas are the only team that the Lions have yet to meet in conference play this season.