A&M-Commerce at Incarnate Word
Wednesday, February 13 - 5:00 p.m.
San Antonio, Texas
Records: A&M-Commerce (7-12, 5-9 LSC); Incarnate Word (14-6, 10-4 LSC)
Live Stats: Cardinalathletics.com
Live Audio/Video: Cardinalathletics.com
A&M-Kingsville at A&M-Commerce
Saturday, February 13 - 2:00 p.m.
Records: A&M-Kingsille (5-15, 3-11 LSC); A&M-Commerce (7-12, 5-9 LSC)
Live Stats: Lionathletics.com
Opening Tip: The Lions have dropped three straight and will look to turn things around against Incarnate Word, who the beat back in January, 61-50. A&M-Commerce will then host A&M-Kingsville on Saturday and will look to sweep the Javelinas for the first time since 2004-05. The teams have only played twice in a season twice since then.
Lions on the Web: Stay up to date with every Lion basket this week. Wednesday and Saturday games against the Cardinals and Javelinas will be broadcast live on KETR 88.9 FM with Charlie Chitwood on the call, while also streaming live online at KETR.org. The game Wednesday against Incarnate Word will be streamed on Cardinalathletics.com and the Saturday game against Kingsville will be streamed live at Lionathletics.com, with live stats of both games available on both sites. Twitter users can also get in-game updates by following @Lion_Athletics.
Break Out The Pink For the Lions on Saturday: A&M-Commerce's game against Texas A&M-Kingsville marks the Lions' 2013 Pink Zone game, helping to raise funds for the fight against breast cancer. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the Saturday's game at the Field House as a handful of activities will be available to participate in. Fans can make pink breast cancer bracelets or enjoy some pink cotton candy, with the proceeds being donated to the American Cancer Society. In addition, survivors will be recognized during halftime with prizes to be raffled off as well. Admission is free to anyone wearing pink to the game Saturday as well. For more information, or if you are a cancer survivor and would like to take part in the festivities, please contact the A&M-Commerce Athletic Department at (903) 886-5558.
Series Score: The Lions have struggled against the Cardinals over the course of the series. The sides have only met 11 times since the first meeting in 1998-99. The win earlier this season was the first win over the Cardinals since the 2006-07 season. A&M-Commerce is currently 3-8 all-time against the UIW. The Javelinas and Lions have played each other dating back to 1971-72. The two sides have almost split the game evenly with A&M-K holding a 29-28 lead in the series. The Lions are 2-4 against the Javelinas in their last six.
Scouting the Cardinals:
2012-13: 14-6, 10-4 LSC
Last Three Games: L, at Midwestern State 70-54; W, at Cameron 68-47; W, vs Texas Woman's 58-40.
Head Coach: Angela Lawson - 13th Season - Record at UIW: 189-170
• #11 Ashlyn Green: 11.6 ppg / 5.4 rpg / 3.4 spg / 78% FT
• #2 Rose Whitehead: 10.6 ppg / 3.3 rpg / 50% FG / 75% FT
• #4 Ifunanya Mora: 9.4 ppg / 4.9 rpg / 2.1 bspg / 72% FT
Incarnate Word has had a week off since their last game against Texas Woman's, a 58-40 victory at home. Ashlyn Green is currently 12th in the LSC in scoring with 11.6 clip. Whitehead is tied for 16th in scoring and fourth in field goal percentage. Green is 16th in rebounding with just over five per game. The Cardinals have held serve at home posting an 8-2 record while only being .500 on the road, posting a 4-4 record. Incarnate Word has never lost to the Lions on their home floor (2-0).
Scouting the Javelinas:
2012-13: 5-15, 3-11 LSC
Last Three Games: W, at Cameron 53-42; L, at Midwestern State 61-42; W, at Texas Woman's 59-46
Head Coach: Michael Trujillo - Second Season - Career Record 14-32
• #21 Kaitlyn Lowen: 8.5 ppg / 6.3 rpg / 1.3 spg / 2.1 apg
• #24 Ashley Viera: 8.3 ppg / 1.9 rpg / 75% FT / 30% 3PT FG
• #22 Breanna Gonzalez: 7.8 ppg / 2.9 rpg / 1.6 spg / 70% FT
Texas A&M-Kingsville has won two of its last three since losing 13 in a row. A&M-Kingsville offensively is averaging just over 57 points per game which outs them eighth in the LSC one spot behind A&M-Commerce. The Javelinas are the only team worse than the Lions on scoring average on defense giving up 66.3 ppg compared to the Lions 66.0. No Javelina is currently in the Top 20 of the LSC in scoring with Lowen ranking 23rd with her 8.5 clip. Lowen ranks 11th in rebounding with her 6.3 average per game.
Harris among LSC leaders: A&M-Commerce junior forward currently ranks fifth in the conference in scoring, 14.6 ppg, and third in rebounding with 10.1 rebounds per game. She also leads the conference in offensive rebounds per game at 5.6. Harris is tied for 24th in the country with 9 double-doubles. Harris is also 24th in the country with 10.1 rpg average.
Double Figures: After a 11 point eight rebound performance against Angelo State Breanna Harris has scored in at least 10 points in nine of her last ten games and has 14 games this season of at least 10 points. Danielle Dixon has also scored in double figures in four straight games after only having three before this current streak.
Brown Streaking: Freshmen Symone Brown has been scored at least 10 in three straight and is averaging 12 ppg over that span and 7.3 rebounds per game.
S.W.A.T.S.: The Lions are currently fifth in the LSC in blocks as a team with a 2.2 average.
Master Thieves: The A&M-Commerce Lions rank currently fifth in the conference as a team in terms of steals with 9.4 per game. This is with just a single player ranking in Top 15 in steals individually, La'Tisha Hearne.
Big on the Boards: So far this season the Lions are the best rebounding team in the conference averaging 42.6 rebounds per game. Those 42.6 rebounds lead to a +2.5 rebounding margin per game, which puts them fifth in the LSC. The Lions are first in offensive rebound percentage, .419, A&M-C is the only team over 40 percent.
Briscoe Struggling: The junior guard has only scored in two of the last six games and averaging 1.0 ppg over that span and 1.8 assists.
Three-Point Struggles: This season the Lions have struggled shooting this season especially from behind the three point line. A&M-C is currently last in 3PT percentage per game at just over 20% on the season. A&M-C is 279th in 3PT shooting in the country.
Not So Charity Stripe: The Lions are currently last in the conference in free throw percentage as a team, shooting 57.0 percent from the line. The Lions are the only team shooting under 60%. Devin Oliver leads the team at 75% from the line. The Lions rank 280th in country in FT shooting.
Who is Next: After the Lions entertain the Javelinas on Saturday, A&M-Commerce travels to Wichita Falls for a road contest against the first-place Mustangs of Midwestern State. A home date with Cameron follows on February 23.