Angelo State used a strong first half performance to leave little doubt versus Texas A&M University-Commerce in a 70-49 win in women's basketball on Jan. 12. The Rambelles made their first six three-pointers and made seven of 11 in the first half while shooting 64 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes.
Five different Rambelles made threes in the first 20 minutes while the Lions made none of their 10 attempts.
Angelo State shot 51.3 percent from the field for the game, which a season best for an opponent versus the Lions. The eight three-pointers are the third most the Lions have given up on the season.
Breanna Harris led the Lions with 10 points and eight rebounds. It is the fourth straight game the senior is in double figures. Ten other Lions scored, led by eight from Devin Oliver. Jasmine Glee hit her first field goal as a Lion in the second half, a 15-foot jumper.
Two different 9-0 runs in the first half put the distance between the Rambelles and Lions as the Lions were down 28-6 with over 10 minutes to play in the half. The lead swelled to 26 at the 9:17 mark with the score 34-8.
The Lions tried to get back into the game and cut the lead under 20 on two different occasions but could not get any close in the half. That was the deficit facing the Lions after a Harris jumper going into halftime.
Angelo State wasted little time in building the lead after the break. The lead return to 21, 44-23, just eight seconds after the break. The lead got to be the largest at 31 with 10:37 to play. Elizabeth Rutherford made the first three-pointer for the Lions with 3:38 to play in the game to cut the lead to 22, 68-46. Aubree Butts hit the other three for the Lions with just over a minute to play.
In the second half the Lions did not help themselves out buy only making three of their first 21 shots in the half and shot only 20 percent (7-35) from the field. Angelo State cooled off compared to their first half by shooting only 40.7 percent in the and only making one three.
Angelo State handed out 18 assists on 27 made field goals compared to 4 assists on 17 field goals for the Lions. The Lions were even with Rambelles in most other categories. The Lions turned the Rambelles over more (13-18), outrebounded ASU (43-40), grabbed more offensive rebounds (19-4), and more second chance points (13-5).
A&M-Commerce takes the court next on Wednesday when they travel to Lawton, Oklahoma to take on the Cameron Aggies at Aggie Gym. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.