Incarnate Word 65, A&M-Commerce 47
Location: The Field House * Commerce, Texas
Records: A&M-Commerce (1-18, 0-13 LSC); Incarnate Word (11-9, 6-8 LSC)
Up Next: at A&M-Kingsville * Saturday, February 4 * 1 p.m. * Hampton Inn Court
COMMERCE, Texas – Sophomore Forward Danielle Dixon had a huge night for the Lions knocking down 20 points, but after four first half lead changes, the Lions could not outlast the Cardinals second half surge falling 65-47.
The Lions now fall to 1-18 overall and 0-13 in the conference watching their chances for the LSC Conference Championship Tournament quickly drifting away. The Lions will get back-to-back opportunities when they take their longest trip of the season to A&M-Kingsville who is currently sitting at 4-14, and 3-10 in the LSC.
Danielle Dixon set the tone for the Lions as she dropped 10 points in the first half of the game. Dixon opened the game up with the first 4 points of the match; however, the Lions could not overcome their foul issues in the first half.
After a dominating first couple minutes of the game, the Lions had the Cardinals pinned down 6-2 at the 16:46 mark. Unfortunately, the Lions would rack up 8 fouls by the 13:48 mark. This would allow the Cardinals to get back into the game with 22 total foul shots in the first half.
The Lions continued defensively pressing the Cardinals to the brink, but Katy Cooke would start chipping away the Lions lead after hitting a couple of free throws making it 8-6. Michelle Hale's free throws would ultimately tie the game for the Cardinals at the 7:57 mark 15-15.
Dixon would keep the Lions in the fight by dropping 3 consecutive jumpers in the last 2 minutes of the half giving the Lions a chance for victory as they went into the half down 25-26.
The first 8 minutes of the second half would be a non-stop battle for the lead as Breanna Harris would open the half with 4 points and 4 rebounds making the game 32-34.
Ashlyn Green would knock down a big three pointer and the Cardinal offense would take over from there. The three pointer would ignite a 10 point unanswered drive led by Ashlyn Green, who scored 5 of the 10 points.
The Lions attempted to battle back with Danielle Dixon scoring another 10 points in the second half and ending her evening as the leading scorer with 20 points. The Cardinals domination in the paint made the difference by scoring 22 points and outscoring the Lions 39-22 in the second half.
The Cardinal bench was the key to the second half success as they dropped 17 points on the Lions. Apreia Booker dropped the only Lion bench point in the entire second half.
The Lions will get a chance to work their way back on the path of victory by defeating the Javelina's of A&M-Kingsville in back-to-back games. The Javelinas are in second to last place in the LSC and are currently ranked one above the Lions with a 3-10 record and tied with the Wildcats of Abilene Christian.