LIONS EXPECTING A STRONG FINISH AGAINST WILDCATS, RAMBELLES
A&M-Commerce Lions at Abilene Christian
Wednesday, February 22 - 5:30 p.m.
Moody Coliseum – Abilene, Texas
Records: A&M-Commerce (1-23, 0-18 LSC); Abilene Christian (11-13, 6-12 LSC)
A&M-Commerce Lions vs. Angelo State (Senior Night)
Saturday, February 25 - 6:00 p.m.
The Field House - Commerce, Texas
Records: A&M-Commerce (1-23, 0-18 LSC); Angelo State (11-13, 9-9 LSC)
Radio: KETR 88.9 FM (listen online at KETR.org)
Live Stats: LionAthletics.com
The Lions will be looking for a strong end to a tough season, beginning with the Wildcats of Abilene Christian who are currently on a three game winning streak. The Lions ended their last game against Abilene Christian with a dominating second half, but their slow first period landed them a loss, 77-65. Angelo State will be looking to end their 5 game tail spin against the Lions on February 25th. The Lions will have a massive home court advantage as the fans honor Apreia Booker and John McClendon Night.
Lions Honoring Apreia Booker Saturday:
With Saturday's game against Angelo State marking the final home game of the 2011-12 season, A&M-Commerce will pay tribute to the their lone senior, Apreia Booker. Booker has contributed to the Lion's Basketball program for the last 2 seasons and will be recognized for her contributions to Texas A&M University-Commerce with a short ceremony prior to the opening tip.
Lions on the Web:
Lion basketball fans will be able to keep up with all the action this week in a pair of Lone Star Conference matches. J.P. Heath will resume his play-by-play duties against the Wildcats of Abilene Christian and Angelo State on KETR 88.9 FM and fans can follow online at KETR.org. The live stats for both games will be available at LionAthletics.com.
Scouting the Wildcats:
2011-12: 11-13 overall, 6-12 Lone Star.
Last Three Games: W vs. Eastern New Mexico (74-61), W at Incarnate Word (76-59), W vs. A&M-Kingsville (79-64).
Head Coach: Shawna Lavender (Southern Methodist., '97). Ninth season at Abilene Christian (137-97, .585); Ninth season overall (137-97, .585).
Wildcats Key Players:
• Mack Lankford (So., G): 409 pts. (21.5 avg.), 37.8 FG pct., 72.9 FT pct., 81 reb. (4.3 avg.), 61 ast., 4 blk., 40 stl.
• Kelsey Smith (Jr., C): 335 pts. (14.0 avg.), 45.8 FG pct., 77.7 FT pct., 191 reb. (8.0 avg.), 28 ast., 49 blk., 20 stl.
• Renata Marquez (So., F): 235 pts. (11.2 avg.),39.1 FG pct., 128 reb. (6.1 avg.), 6 blk., 55 ast., 41 stl.
• Paige Parliament (Fr., C): 192 pts. (8.0 avg.), 48.5 FG pct., 102 reb. (4.3 avg.), 11 ast., 8 blk., 4 stl.
• Cecilee Perez (Jr., G): 127 pts. (5.8 avg.), 30.3 FG pct., 57 reb. (2.6 avg.), 48 ast., 11 blk., 24 stl.
The Lions were dealt a tough loss at the hands of Abilene Christian with a sloppy foul plagued game. A&M-Commerce had a slow start being dominated in the first half (40-26) and could not catch up due to ending their evening with 29 fouls. The Wildcats took advantage of the Lions fouls by knocking down 34-41 free throws shooting 82.9%.
Scouting the Rambelles:
2011-12: 11-13 overall, 9-9 Lone Star.
Last Three Games: L vs. West Texas A&M (54-53), L at Incarnate Word (66-49), L vs. A&M-Kingsville (65-44).
Head Coach: Sally Walling-Brooks (Midwestern State, '88), eleventh season at Angelo State (224-100, .691); Nineteenth season overall (379-206, .647).
• Paige Weishuhn (Sr., C): 262 pts. (11.9 avg.), 42.8 FG pct., 66.0 FT pct., 128 reb. (5.8 avg.), 23 ast., 29 blk., 15 stl.
• Haylee Oliver (Fr., F): 262 pts. (10.9 avg.), 41.3 FG pct., 80.3 FT pct., 111 reb. (4.6 avg.), 44 ast., 13 blk., 25 stl.
• Lauren Holt (So., F): 187 pts. (7.8 avg.), 42.1 FG pct., 154 reb. (6.4 avg.), 23 ast., 15 stl.
• Morgan Youngblood (Jr., F): 174 pts. (7.3 avg.), 41.0 FG pct., 122 reb. (5.1 avg.), 39 ast., 31 stl.
• Leah LeMaire (So., G): 171 pts. (7.1 avg.), 32.5 FG pct., 65 reb. (2.7 avg.), 25 ast., 23 stl.
Earlier this season the Lions dropped a tough loss to Angelo State after they came roaring back in the second half of the game outscoring the Rambelles, 30-23. The Lions will get home court advantage this time around and hopefully take advantage of the Rambelles 5 game slide they are currently on.
Harris Continues the Domination for A&M-Commerce:
Sophomore Breanna Harris has been a key contributor throughout the season for A&M-Commerce, ranking second on the team in points per game (12.1) while leading the Lions in rebounds per game (9.6). 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 Lions hosted Angelo State (Jan. 14). Harris 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.). Harris had a dominating eighth double-double against Cameron on Saturday, where she tied her season high of 17 rebounds and dropped 19 points against the Aggies. Harris notched her ninth double-double this past week against A&M-Kingsville with 12 rebounds and 15 points in her first game against the Javelinas.
Dixon Returning to Form for the Lions Offense:
Sophomore Guard Danielle Dixon was a key component for the Lion offense this season, and she has been quietly dominating with Breanna Harris. Dixon has been the leading scorer for the Lions all season, notching 293 total points, while averaging 12.7 points per game. She has been the leading high scorer for the Lion in 13 contests, which is more than any other Lion on the team. Her best performance came against Newman University (Dec. 29) when Dixon dropped her season high of 23 points knocking down 8-19 field goals and shot 42.1%. Dixon is not only leading in points but she also leads in assists (57) and minutes played (682). She has been on the court almost the entire season averaging 29.7 minutes per game and has racked up 682 minutes in 23 starts for the Lions.