Angelo State 64, A&M-Commerce 50
Location: San Angelo, Texas
Records: Angelo State (9-12, 6-9 LSC); A&M-Commerce (7-12, 5-9)
Up Next: at Incarnate Word – San Antonio - Wednesday, Feb. 13th – 5:30 p.m.
San Angelo, Texas – A&M-Commerce scored the first basket of the second half but Angelo State then went on a 15-0 run to put the game out of reach on Saturday evening. The win moves Angelo State past A&M-Commerce into sixth place in the Lone Star Conference standings.
The Rambelles opened the game fast attacking th full court pressure applied by the Lions and held an 8-2 advantage in the opening minutes. A&M-Commerce battled back to within two at 12-10 thanks to a six nothing run of their own.
However the Lions were never able to take the lead in the first half after tying the game at 22 thanks to two free throws by Danielle Dixon. The Rambelles ended the first half on a 7-0 run to take a 29-22 lead into the break.
Dixon led the Lions in scoring in the first half with nine points. Breanna Harris and La'Tisha Hearne each had four. Ashlee Johnson had three and Aubree Butts had two round out the scoring.
Angelo State was led Lauren Holt and Leah Lemaire each had eight. Haylee Oliver had five. Four other Rambelles added two.
The Lions got on the board first in the second half when Dixon turned a steal into a lay-up to cut the Angelo State lead to five, 29-24. However the Lions would go cold for the next five minutes and see the Rambelles go on their big run to put the game out of reach.
A&M-Commerce tried to climb back into striking distance with a nine nothing run over the next three minutes. Aubree Butts hit a jumper to start the run. Dixon followed suit on the next possession. The Lion defense held strong forcing turnovers and limiting second changes. A jumper by Symone Brown cut the lead to 11 at 44-33 with 11 minutes left in the half but that was as close as the Lions would get.
Angelo State never allowed another run by the Lions and maintained a double-digit lead for the remaining of the game. The Rambelles extended the lead to as many as 17 twice in the closing minutes.
Dixon finished with 15 to tie with Holt for game high. Harris and Brown were also in double-figures with 11 and 10 respectively. Harris added eight rebounds and one block to her 11. Brown added eight rebounds and one steal to her 10 points.
Karli Kellermeier finished four assists shy of a triple-double, with 11 points, 14 rebounds and six assists. She also had three steals. Holt finished with a double-double, adding 10 rebounds to her 15 points. Oliver was also had 10 rebounds along with her nine points.
The Lions will travel to San Antonio on Wednesday to face the Cardinals of Incarnate Word for the last time as Lone Star Conference opponents. The Cardinals will move to the Southland Conference next season. Game-time for the women is set for 5:30 p.m. in San Antonio.