LIONS DROP THE BALL AGAINST A&M-KINGSVILLE JAVELINAS, 79-66
A&M-Kingsville 79, A&M-Commerce 66
Location: The Field House * Commerce, Texas
Records: A&M-Commerce (1-20, 0-15 LSC); A&M-Kingsville (6-15, 5-10 LSC)
Up Next: vs. Texas Woman's * Saturday, February 11 * 6 p.m. * The Field House
COMMERCE, Texas – The Lions watched their quest for the Lone Star Conference Championship drift away as they dropped a big home game to the Javelinas. The Lions had a monster second half against Kingsville when they played them on February 4th pushing them to brink, but the Lions fell in the closing second of the game, 75-72. The Lions will be back in action at the Field House on Saturday, February 11 at 6:00 PM against the Pioneers of Texas Woman's.
The Lions got off to a fast start led by freshman guard Michelle Sutton who scored 7 of the Lions 11 points in the opening 7 minutes of the game. Sutton would end her evening with 11 points and 9 of them coming in the first half. Breanna Harris chipped in with 6 points and 6 rebounds jumping the Lions into a commanding 17-10 lead at the 10:58 mark, but turn overs would again strike down the Lion momentum, and they would allow the game to be tied up at the 7:46 mark 21-21.
Amanda Haven would again be the Lion kryptonite as she dropped 11 points in the first half for the Javelinas keeping them in the game. The Javelina bench dominated with 24 points, as the Lions bench could only muster 10 points. A&M-Commerce would enter half time again down 38-31 to the Javelinas.
Sophomore forward Breanna Harris would dominate right as the second half started scoring 8 of the Lions 10 points making it 41-46 at the 17:32 mark. The Javelinas would allow the Lions within 4 points at the 15:55 mark off a Devin Oliver free throw (48-44), but A&M-Kingsville would hold strong and outscore the Lions 19-6 over a 6 minute run starting at the 15:55 mark. This would put the Lions in a devastating 17 point deficit that they just couldn't overcome. Inekka Steveson would lead the Javelina charge knocking down 8 of the 19 points during the run.
Breanna Harris was the leading scorer again for the Lions for the eighth time this season with 16 points and notched the team high of 8 rebounds. This is the 16th time this season Harris has been the leading rebounder for the Lions. China Pippen hit her career high of 14 points going 4-10 in three pointers in the 14 minutes she competed. La'Tisha Hearne had another big night for the Lions dropping 12 points with 5 rebounds.
The Javelinas had 5 total players in double digit points led by Amanda Haven and Jackie Stanley each with 13 points. Inekka Stevenson and Stanley both posted double-doubles each notching 10 rebounds and Stevenson with 12 points and Stanley with 13. Kaitlyn Lowen came off the bench and dominated for the Javelinas scoring 11 points.
This loss mathematically eliminates the Lions from going to the Allen Event Center for the Lone Star Conference Championship.
The Lions will get a 5 day break, and welcome the Pioneers of Texas Woman's to the Field House on Saturday, February 11th at 6:00 PM. The Pioneers have struggled on the road this season going 1-6 when away from the McDermott Stadium. The Lions will then host powerhouse West Texas A&M who routed the Lions earlier this season 110-37. The Lady Buffs will visit the Field House on Wednesday, February 15th at 6:00 PM.