Abilene Christian 93, A&M-Commerce 55
Location: Moody Coliseum * Abilene, Texas
Records: A&M-Commerce (1-24, 0-19 LSC); Abilene Christian (12-13, 7-12 LSC)
Up Next: vs. Angelo State * Saturday, February 25 * 6:00 p.m. * Commerce, Texas
ABILENE, Texas – Another sluggish first half for the Lions cost them their final road game of the season. Danielle Dixon was a bright spot falling just one rebound short of a double-double in a tough 93-55 loss.
Nothing went right for the Lions this evening falling behind almost instantly to the hot handed Wildcats. After Renata Marquez nailed down a 3 to open the game for the Wildcats, Mack Lankford dropped 8 back-to-back points on the Lions giving the Wildcats a comfortable 11-2 lead at the 17:35 mark.
Devin Oliver and Danielle Dixon attempted to keep the Lions in the game by both scoring 7 points but the turnovers in the early minutes of the game put the Lions in a hole they couldn't climb their way out of. Oliver and Dixon dropped a combined 7 points in the closing 2 minutes of the half getting the Lions within 26 points.
The Wildcat offense dominated in the first half of the game hitting 21-36 shots, while shooting 58.3%. Mack Lankford would lead the Wildcats with her hot handed play as she dropped 18 points on the Lions in a dominating first half performance. Renata Marquez would also knock down 7-8 shots in the first half hitting 87.5% of her shots for Abilene.
The second half didn't play out much better as the Lions got outscored again by 12 points. Renata Marquez shoveled on another 3 points in the opening seconds of the second period. At no point were the Lions a threat to the Wildcats as they stayed away by almost 30 points most of the second half.
The Wildcat offense did not let up in anyway the entire evening as the dropped another 41 points; Lankford and Marquez both ended their night with over 20 points. Lankford was pulled late in the game after she scored 23 points and was followed by a Renata Marquez who scored 21 points.
The Lions just couldn't get the ball rolling as every time they got a little momentum Abilene would kill it with their impressive shooting. The Wildcats shot 54.3% for the entire evening and scored their second highest score of the season with 93 points.
Dixon had a solid night scoring 13 points and snatching 9 rebounds, falling one rebound short of her second double-double this season. Breanna Harris followed Dixon with 9 points and 4 rebounds having a quiet evening.
The Lions will then return home for their final home game against Angelo State on February 25th. The Rambelles will mark the end of the Lions season as they celebrate Senior Night at The Field House. The Lions will attempt to finish their season on a good note with a big "W" over Angelo State.