A&M-Commerce
10:16 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Lion women scrapping for tourney berth

The Texas A&M University-Commerce women's basketball team could use a victory this week in order to qualify for the Lone Star Conference tournament. The Lions tip off against Texas Woman's University tonight in Denton and close the regular season at home against Tarleton state on March 1.

OPENING TIP

A&M-Commerce can clinch a trip to the Lone Star Conference Tournament with a win in either game this week and a loss by Eastern New Mexico versus West Texas on Saturday. The Lions can make the tournament in other ways based on tiebreakers.

SERIES SCORE
Texas Woman's owns a 40-29 adavtange in the all-time series with the Lions, including a win at TheField House earlier this season. The Lions are 2-3 in the last five games in Denton over the last six seasons. A&M-Commerce has not beaten the TexAnns in Commerce since a 70-60 win in the 2007-08 season. The two sides have met three times in Commerce since then.

Last Five Meetings (vs. TWU)                           Last Five Meetings (vs. TSU)
2011-12 Denton        L     72-58                           2011-12 Commerce     L     89-61
2011-12 Commerce L     63-49                           2011-12 Stephenville   L     91-61
2012-13 Commerce W    63-52                           2012-13 Commerce     L     79-51
2012-13 Denton       W     54-50                           2012-13 Stephenville  L     75-65
2013-14 Commerce L     79-68                            2013-14 Stephenville  L     74-64

SCOUTING THE PIONEERS
Before the road loss to West Texas last time out the Pioneers had won seven in a row. WT is the only team to beat over the Pioneers in their last nine games. Over that span the Pioneers have only played three games away from Kiddy Magge Arena. As a team the Pioneers rank sixth (68.0) in scoring offense and sixth (68.4) in scoring defense in the LSC.
Key Players
#4 Rebekah Cluley: 12.4 ppg / 4.6 rpg / 3.4 apg / 1.5 spg
#3 Ria Pateraki: 10.9 ppg / 6.0 rpg / 48% FG / 79.7% FT
#00 Kenesha Saygo: 8.9 ppg / 2.9 rpg / 44% FG / 75.3% FT

SCOUTING THE TEXANNS
Tatleton State has won three straight after back-to-back losses to Cameron and Angelo State earlier in the month. Three-game winning streak includes a home win over #3 West Texas A&M at the buzzer. Tarleton State owns the second best scoring offense (76.8) and the third best scoring defense in the LSC (62.5).
Key Players
#32 Kiara Wright: 20.8 ppg / 12.5 rpg / 2.3 apg / 62.6% FG
#14 Brianna Bledsoe: 12.3 ppg / 4.5 rpg / 3.2 apg / 37.8% 3PT FG
#12 Kathy Thomas: 10.2 ppg / 2.8 rpg / 3.3 apg / 42.9% 3PT FG

HARRIS MOVING UP SCORING LIST
Harris is now seventh on the all-time scoring list for the Lions with 1,097 career points. Harris is just 31 points away from moving into the Top Five on the scoring list.

HARRIS CONTINUES TO GRAB DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Harris continues to put up great production this season for the Lions. Harris is averaging 15.2 ppg and 10.0 rpg in 24 games. Harris has recorded double-doubles in 10 games. Harris has already set the program record for with her 36. Only three other Lion players have ever recorded 10 more double-doubles during their careers.

HARRIS NOW SECOND ON REBOUNDING LIST
Senior forward Breanna Harris is now second all-time in rebounding with her 741. Katedria Mosley is the all-time leader with 841 rebounds.

HARRIS AMONG ACTIVE LEADERS
The senior forward is ranked sixth among active players in rebounding average over her career with a 9.8 average. Among the Top Ten Harris has done it the fewest amount of games (76).

HARRIS AMONG LEADERS IN ALL DIVISON II
Harris ranks 34th in rpg (10.0), 18th in field goal percentage (57.5) and t-36th with 10 doubledoubles.

HEARNE SITTING AT 500 CAREER POINTS
The junior hit the 500 point milestone with her 10 points versus West Texas.

BROWN ALMOST TO 300
The sophomore forward is just 1 points away from reaching 300 in her career and do it in under 50 games.

POSTSEASON POSSIBILITIES
The top 8 teams in the LSC standings make the LSC Tournament.
-The Lions hold the tie breaker over Eastern New Mexico if both teams are tied at the end of the regular season with their win over Midwestern State.
-Kingsville holds the tiebreaker over Commerce with its two wins over the Lions this season and will be the higher seed if both are tied.

LIONS AMONG LSC LEADERS
PPG: Harris - 15.2 (3rd), Oliver - 10.3 (17th)
RPG: Harris - 10.0 (2nd), Hearne - 5.8 (16th)
            Leaupepe-Tele - 5.7 (17th)
FG%: Harris - 57.5% (2nd)
FT%: Harris - 63.6% (13th)
3PT FGM per game: Oliver - 1.1 (17th)
Assists: Pegue - 2.7 (13th),
                Johnson - 2.6 (14th)
Blocks: Leaupepe-Tele - 0.8 (4th)
Steals: Hearne - 1.5 (10th)