COLD SHOOTING NIGHT DOOMS LIONS IN 54-41 LOSS TO MUSTANGS
Midwestern State 54, A&M-Commerce 41
Location: The Field House • Commerce, Texas
Records: A&M-Commerce (5-6, 3-3 LSC); Midwestern State (10-3, 5-2 LSC)
Up Next: at Cameron • Saturday, January 12th • Lawton, Okla. • 2 p.m.
COMMERCE, Texas – A cold shooting night for A&M-Commerce proved to be too much to overcome as the Lions see their two-game winning streak come to an end, falling to Midwestern State 54-41 at the Field House Wednesday evening. The Lions drop to 5-6 on the year and 3-3 in Lone Star Conference play.
Amber Carver and Breanna Harris each had big nights for the Lions as the duo each posted a double-double. Carver finished with a team-high 14 points with 11 rebounds while adding a career-best five blocks, one shy of tying the program's single-game record, while Harris notched 13 points and a career-high 19 rebounds, including 10 offensive, which is tied for the ninth-best single-game performance in program history.
A&M-Commerce struggled from the field all night, hitting just 17 of its 71 attempts (23.9 percent), including just one of 14 from beyond the three-point arc (7.1 percent). The Lions struggles even carried over to the free throw line as A&M-Commerce was able to convert on just six of their 19 attempts, shooting a season-low 31.6 percent.
Following a pair of big victories against Incarnate Word and A&M-Kingsville, A&M-Commerce continued its high-tempo attack early against Midwestern State as the two teams exchanged baskets through the first 10 minutes. But cold shooting began to plague A&M-Commerce as the Lions hit just eight of their 24 shots in the first half (23.5 percent) as Midwestern State put together an 18-3 run over a five minute span, breaking the game open at 30-13.
The Lions began to find their touch in the waning minutes of the first, outscoring the Mustangs 7-2 over the final two and a half minutes to pull to within 12 at the half, trailing 32-20. The duo of Harris and Carver paced A&M-Commerce in the first as Harris recorded seven points and eight rebounds with Carver notching eight points and four boards.
However that momentum wouldn't carry over into the second half as Midwestern State outscored A&M-Commerce 10-1 over the first three and a half minutes, building a 42-21 lead and never looked back. The Mustangs would lead by as many as 21 at 45-24, although A&M-Commerce would cut the deficit to as little as 11 at 49-38 with 4:47 remaining. But it was a case of too little, too late as the Lions couldn't get over the hump, dropping their fifth-straight to Midwestern State 54-41.
One area in which A&M-Commerce did have the upper hand was on the offensive glass, pulling down 25 offensive rebounds to just 18 for Midwestern State. But the Lions had a hard time converting on those second-chance opportunities, finishing with just eight second-chance points all evening, compared to 14 for the Mustangs.
Midwestern State was led by Lisa Hampton's 16 points, hitting five of her nine three-point attempts, with Kirsti Degalia finishing with nine points and eight rebounds and Dianna Jones adding nine points and seven boards for the Mustangs.
A&M-Commerce looks to regroup, but will have to do so on the road as the Lions open up a two-game road swing in Lawton, Okla., facing Cameron this Saturday. The Lions and Aggies have each won 18 games in the all-time series as A&M-Commerce looks to snap a five-game losing streak to the Aggies. Opening tip is set for 2 p.m. at Aggie Gym with full coverage available (video, audio and stats) at LionAthletics.com.