LIONS PUT WINNING STREAK ON THE LINE FACING MIDWESTERN STATE, CAMERON
A&M-Commerce Lions vs. Midwestern State Mustangs
Wednesday, January 9 • 5:30 p.m.
The Field House • Commerce, Texas
Records: A&M-Commerce (5-5, 3-2 LSC); Midwestern State (9-3, 4-2 LSC)
A&M-Commerce Lions at Cameron Aggies
Saturday, January 12 • 2:00 p.m.
Aggie Gymnasium • Lawton, Okla.
Records: A&M-Commerce (5-5, 3-2 LSC); Cameron (3-9, 2-4 LSC)
A&M-Commerce looks to build on its two-game Lone Star Conference winning streak when it returns home to the Field House on Wednesday, January 9, taking on Midwestern State at 5:30 p.m. The Lions then head back on the road, making the trek north to Lawton, Okla., for a showdown with Cameron at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 12.
Lions on the Web
Stay up to date with every Lion basket this week as head coach Nicole Anderson and her Lions looks to build on their two-game winning streak. Both games against the Mustangs and Aggies 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 Midwestern State will be streamed live at LionAthletics.com, powered by Stretch Internet, with live stats of both games available at LionAthletics.com as well. Twitter users can also get in-game updates by following @Lion_Athletics.
Scouting the Mustangs
2012-13: 9-3 overall, 4-2 Lone Star Conference (T-2nd), 4-3 road
Last Three Matches: W at Angelo State (69-59), W at Abilene Christian (76-62), L at Eastern New Mexico (70-62)
Head Coach: Noel Johnson (Texas Tech, 1995). Fifth season at Midwestern State (55-62, .470)
• #25 Kristi Degelia (Jr., G): 196 pts. (16.3 ppg), 36.2 FG%, 23.1 3FG%, 75.5 FT%, 59 reb., 34 ast., 16 stl.
• #11 Andrea Carter (So., F): 157 pts. (13.1 ppg), 49.1 FG%, 75.0 FT%, 126 reb., 12 blk., 34 stl.
• #31 Shatoia Gober (So., G): 120 pts. (10.0 ppg), 50.5 FG%, 70.4 FT%, 61 reb., 17 ast., 15 stl.
• #33 Dianna Jones (So., G): 99 pts. (8.3 ppg), 35.4 FG%, 35.3 3FG%, 96.7 FT%, 42 reb., 41 ast., 22 stl.
• #1 Ashley Rush (Sr., G): 68 pts. (5.7 ppg), 39.6 FG%, 56.3 3FG%, 70.8 FT%, 15 reb., 18 ast.
Synopsis: Midwestern State enters the week tied for second in the Lone Star Conference, sitting at 9-3 overall and 4-2 in LSC play. The Mustangs are closing out a four-game road trip, having won the last two games at Abilene Christian (76-62) and at Angelo State (69-59) since dropping a 70-62 decision at Eastern New Mexico. Midwestern State opened up the year winning seven of its first eight games.
Series Information: A&M-Commerce and Midwestern State get together for the 54th time Wednesday evening with the Mustangs holding a 36-17 edge in the all-time series, including a four-game winning streak. A&M-Commerce's last win in the series was a 79-72 decision in 2008-09 as the Lions and Mustangs have split the last 10 meetings.
Scouting the Aggies
2012-13: 3-9 overall, 2-4 Lone Star Conference (T-8th), 3-1 home
Last Three Matches: L at Abilene Christian (90-43), W vs. Angelo State (70-61), L at Palm Beach Atlantic (67-61)
Head Coach: Tom Webb (Southwest Minnesota State, 1996). Fifth season at Cameron (46-74, .383); Ninth season overall (130-116, .528)
• #12 Chelsea Stamp (Jr., G): 131 pts. (10.9 ppg), 36.8 FG%, 33.3 3FG%, 80.0 FT%, 12 reb.
• #22 Alexis Williams (Sr., G): 111 pts. (10.1 ppg), 27.1 FG%, 30.8 3FG%, 75.0 FT%, 39 reb., 26 ast.
• #33 Hannah Pollart (Jr., F): 105 pts. (8.8 ppg), 46.3 FG%, 31.0 3FG%, 57.9 FT%, 82 reb., 13 ast., 9 blk.
• #5 Brittany Harris (Jr., G): 73 pts. (6.1 ppg), 26.7 FG%, 63.0 FT%, 29 reb., 41 ast.
• #21 Lacy Reinke (Jr., F): 67 pts. (5.6 ppg), 62.8 FG%, 60.0 FT%, 54 reb.
Synopsis: Cameron enters the week sitting at 3-9 overall and 2-4 in Lone Star Conference play, facing LSC-leading Tarleton State in Stephenville Wednesday night. The Aggies started out the 2012-13 season 1-6, including three conference losses to A&M-Kingsville, Incarnate Word and West Texas A&M. Cameron has rebounded to post a 2-3 mark, including LSC victories over Eastern New Mexico (55-50) and Angelo State (70-61).
Series Information: Saturday marks the 37th meeting between A&M-Commerce and Cameron as the all-time series is deadlocked at 18 wins apiece. The Aggies have had the upper hand in recent years, having won five-straight against the Lions, dating back to an 84-78 victory in 2009-10. That victory was the final game of an eight-game winning streak for A&M-Commerce in the series which dates back to the 1987-88 season.
The Week That Was
A&M-Commerce opened up the 2013 calendar season on a positive note, earning a pair of victories over Lone Star Conference foes Incarnate Word and Texas A&M-Kingsville. Against the Cardinals, A&M-Commerce rallied from a seven-point deficit midway through the second half, outscoring Incarnate Word 22-6 over the final 10 minutes to play to earn the 60-51 win. Danielle Dixon found her scoring touch, knocking down 18 points with Amber Carver (14 pts., 11 reb.) and La'Tisha Hearne (11 pts., 10 reb.) each finishing with double-doubles. At A&M-Kingsville, the Lions dug themselves a 13-point deficit in the first half, but once again rallied down the stretch to defeat the Javelinas 63-58. Breanna Harris and Aubree Butts led the way with a pair of double-doubles as Harris finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds while Butts recorded 13 points and 10 rebounds.
A&M-Commerce Snaps Road Losing Skid
The 63-58 victory at A&M-Kingsville was not just a big victory for A&M-Commerce in the Lone Star Conference standings, but ended a streak the Lions are happy to get rid of. The victory was the first road win for A&M-Commerce since a 68-67 win at Eastern New Mexico in Portales in 2009, a string of 37 road games. It also snapped a two-game losing skid to the Javelinas as the Lions improved to 30-28 all-time against their rivals from Kingsville.
Double-Double List Continues To Grow
The list of A&M-Commerce double-double players continues to grow as four players reached the feat over the weekend. Amber Carver and La'Tisha Hearne each tallied a double-double in the win against Incarnate Word while Breanna Harris and Aubree Butts reached the mark on the road at A&M-Kingsville. Harris leads the way with four double-doubles on the year while Carver has accomplished the feat three times in 2012-13
A&M-Commerce Double-Double Performances
• Breanna Harris vs. Southern Arkansas (11/14/12) – 30 pts., 15 reb.
• Aubree Butts vs. Southeastern Oklahoma (11/24/12) – 11 pts., 10 reb.
• Breanna Harris vs. Southeastern Oklahoma (11/24/12) – 13 pts., 13 reb.
• Amber Carver vs. Texas Woman's (11/28/12) – 11 pts., 10 reb.
• Breanna Harris vs. Texas Woman's (11/28/12) – 13 pts., 16 reb.
• Amber Carver at Abilene Christian (12/4/12) – 15 pts., 19 reb.
• Amber Carver vs. Incarnate Word (1/2/13) – 14 pts., 11 reb.
• La'Tisha Hearne vs. Incarnate Word (1/2/13) – 11 pts., 10 reb.
• Aubree Butts at Texas A&M-Kingsville (1/5/13) – 13 pts., 10 reb.
• Breanna Harris at Texas A&M-Kingsville (1/5/13) – 21 pts., 13 reb.
Harris, Carver Rank Among LSC Leaders
A&M-Commerce's dynamic duo of juniors Breanna Harris and Amber Carver continue to rank among the LSC leaders in a handful of categories. Harris enters the week ranked first in offensive rebounds (5.0 rpg), third in rebounding (9.6 rpg) and fifth in scoring (14.0 ppg) while Carver currently sits second in blocked shots (1.6 bpg), fourth in offensive rebounds (3.3 rpg), sixth in field goal percentage (50.7%) and seventh in rebounding (8.0 rpg). In addition, Kourtney Briscoe also finds herself among the LSC leaders in assists, sitting 10th averaging 2.6 per game.
After following the Wednesday-home, Saturday-road routine for the past two weeks, A&M-Commerce switches things up next week, beginning with a road trip to West Texas A&M, battling the Lady Buffs at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 16. The Lions then return home for a Saturday matinee showdown with Eastern New Mexico on January 19, tipping off against the Zias at 2 p.m. at the Field House. Full coverage of every Lion basketball game (video, audio, stats, Twitter updates) are available at LionAthletics.com.