A&M-Kingsville 75, A&M-Commerce 72
Location: Hampton Inn Court * Kingsville, Texas
Records: A&M-Commerce (1-19, 0-14 LSC); A&M-Kingsville (5-15, 4-10 LSC)
Up Next: vs. A&M-Kingsville * Monday, February 6 * 6 p.m. * The Field House
KINGSVILLE, Texas – The Javelinas felt the pressure of the Lion offense as they chipped away their lead in the closing minutes of the game. The Javelinas would hold on and slightly edge out the Lions 75-72. The Lions will get their rematch on a big stage against the Javelinas on Monday, February 6th at 6:00 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest.
The Lions started off the game immediately taking the lead from a Michelle Sutton layup. Breanna Harris would add on to the lead with another two points, giving the Lions a 4-0 lead. The lead would immediately be taken away by Shonta Dobbins who hit back-to-back three pointers, giving the Javelinas their lead that they would not give up until the closing minutes of the game.
Shonta Dobbins would knock down another big three at the 11:26 mark, giving the Javelinas a 9 point advantage over the Lions (18-9). Breanna Harris and Michelle Sutton would keep the Lions in the game, having a monster first half dropping 18 of the Lions 26 points. The half closed out with the Javelinas on top of the Lions 32-26 lead.
Danielle Dixon would open up the second half with a jumper, and Harris would follow by scoring 4 consecutive points, getting the Lions within two points of the Javelinas (34-32) at the 17:27 mark.
Unfortunately, Dobbins would spark a run by a layup and immediately get the ball back with a steal off of Michelle Sutton. Amanda Haven would then get a layup and would ignite the Javelinas 12 point unanswered run. Haven would produce 8 of the 12 points during the minute run.
The Javelina lead would stick all the way down to the closing minutes of the game, but the Lions would battle back, who were down by 10 points with 2:22 left in the game. The Lions would have the Javelinas back pedaling as La'Tisha Hearne started the run with 2 free throws and followed up by a Breanna Harris layup. Kaneisha Flournoy would chip in with 3 more free throws making it 73-70 with 55 seconds left in the game.
Jackie Stanley would shut down the Lions run with a rebound off a Dobbins 3 pointer and a layup making it 75-70. Hearne would hit 2 more free throws but that would ultimately be the last points for the Lions as time expired.
Danielle Dixon came up big for the Lions dropping 12 points in the second half and ending her evening as the leading scorer with 16. Breanna Harris notched her 8th double-double for the Lions with 15 points and 12 rebounds. La'Tisha Hearne keeps improving for the Lions as she hit her career high of 15 points against A&M-Kingsville.
Shonta Dobbins led the way with a double-double of her own, scoring the team high of 21 points and notching 10 rebounds. Amanda Haven was not far behind Dobbins with 20 points of her own, and Jackie Stanley fell one rebound short of a double-double with 15 points and 9 rebounds.
The Lions will be heading home for their big Fox Sports Southwest game against the Javelinas. The rematch will take place on Monday, February 6th at 6:00 p.m. The game will be a "Gold Out" game so make sure to support your Lions by wearing Gold Lion's gear!