Lions' steady approach lifts them over Tarleton State 68-62 in Burton’s 100th game
by JOSH MANCK, Texas A&M-Commerce
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Lions' steady approach lifts them over Tarleton State 68-62 in Burton’s 100th game - LINK

COMMERCE – The Texas A&M University-Commerce women's basketball team picked up a 68-62 win over Tarleton State on Tuesday night. It was a back-and-forth battle all night for the Lions, who put the game away late from the free throw line.

 

The win brings the Lions to 9-5 on the season and 6-1 in the Lone Star Conference. The game is the 200th Lone Star Conference win in program history. The TexAnns fall to 9-6 and 3-4 in conference play.

 

The Lions will head out on the road for their next contest, facing Texas Woman's University on Saturday. The game will begin at 2 p.m. at the Kitty Magee Arena in Denton.

 

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

- The game was the 100th for head coach Jason Burton. With the win, the Lion women's basketball program has won 200 games in the Lone Star Conference.

- Brianna Wise led the Lions with 21 points. It is her seventh 20-plus point game of the season. She also had nine rebounds and five assists.

- Artaejah Gay had 13 points and eight rebounds.

- Princess Davis had 11 points and two assists. Jenna Price had five points and nine rebounds on the night.

- Melanie Ransom and London Holland had five points each. Holland's five points all came in the fourth quarter.

- There were four ties and 15 lead changes in the game.

- The Lions overcame 27 turnovers in the game.

- The Lions had 32 points off of the bench.

 

HOW IT HAPPENED

Both teams had turnovers to start the game before settling in. The Lions were held scoreless for the first three minutes of the quarter before a three from Price got the Lions on the board. Ransom also had an early three as the lead changed hands multiple times early. The game was tied at six midway through the first quarter.

 

A three from TSU gave the TexAnns their largest lead of the quarter but the Lions got right back in it. Agang Tac had consecutive buckets in the paint on dish assists. Davis then had a layup to give the Lions back the lead. The lead changed hands again before a late layup from Wise sent the Lions into the second quarter with a 16-15 lead.

 

Price opened the second quarter with a bucket as the Lions had a three-point lead. TSU answered back to tie the game at 18 with 8:20 left in the half. The Lions then went on a 5-0 run to build their largest lead of the half, leading 23-18 halfway through the second quarter.

 

The TexAnns had consecutive buckets to keep the game close. There were multiple fouls and trips to the free throw line for both teams late in the half. The Lions took a 29-28 lead into halftime. Wise led all scorers with nine points at halftime. Price and Ransom both added five points.

 

There were nine lead changes in the first half. The Lions shot 50 percent in the first half while TSU shot 31 percent, including 2-of-12 from three. The Lions struggled with turnovers in the first half. They had 18 giveaways, which led to 12 TSU points.

 

The Lions brought their lead back up to three early in the quarter before TSU went on a 5-0 run to take the lead back with 7:34 left in the third quarter. The Lions responded with a 5-0 run of their own, with a three-pointer from Wise giving the Lions back the lead. The TexAnns battled back to take a 39-38 lead midway through the third quarter.

 

Gay then hit a three and layup from Jasmyn Eckerman gave A&M-Commerce a four-point lead. Davis had a three-pointer to bring the Lion lead to six points. After another TSU bucket with eight seconds in the quarter, Davis took the inbound and raced down the court. She shot a floater from just inside the free throw line which banked in and sent the Lions into the fourth quarter with a 50-44 lead.

 

The TexAnns hit a three to open up the final quarter. They then went on a 5-0 run to tie the game at 52 with 8:37 left in the game. TSU then took a lead on a three-pointer as TSU started to heat up from deep.

 

Holland then came off the bench and provided a spark. She hit a three-pointer to give the Lions the lead back. It was a lead the Lions would not relinquish. On their next possession, Holland had a layup on a fast break steal and the Lions led by four. Halfway through the quarter, the Lions held a three-point lead.

 

The TexAnns kept the game close, hitting a three to bring the Lion lead to one with three and a half left. Wise took over in the fourth, getting to the foul line to keep the Lions ahead. She scored five consecutive A&M-Commerce points from the foul line.  TSU began to foul to try and extend the game but the Lions hit their free throws and left with the win.



 

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