A&M-Commerce
8:04 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Lions hope to shock TexAnns one more time

The Texas A&M University-Commerce women's basketball team will tip off in the opening game of the Lone Star Conference basketball championship tournament in Allen in a game that will be heard live on KETR. During the regular season, A&M-Commerce split two games, with the Lions winning the last game of the regular season on March 1.

A&M-Commerce (7-19, 6-10) vs. Tarleton State (19-7, 10-6)

Saturday, March 5 - Noon

Allen Event Center - Allen, Texas

Live Stats: Lionathletics.com/sidearmstats

Live Audio: 88.9 KETR, KETR.org (Charlie Chitwood p-b-p)

Live Video: CSN Houston (Lincoln Rose p-b-p,

Candi Harvey (Color)

Twitter Updates: @Lion_WBB, @Lion_Athletics

OPENING TIP

For the second straight season the Lions are the seventh seed in the Lone Star Conference tournament. The Lions will look to beat a regionally ranked team wearing purple and white in the opening round for back-to-back seasons after beating Abilene Christian last season.

SERIES SCORE

A&M-Commerce ended a six game losing streak to Tarleton State with their win in the regular season finale. The Lions have played the TexAnns twice in the Lone Star Tournament (2006, 2007) with the Lions getting wins in each of those games. Like this season the two meetings occurred in the quaterfinals.

Last Five Meetings  (vs. TSU)

2011-12 Stephenville L   91-61

2012-13 Commerce   L   79-51

2012-13 Stephenville L   75-65

2013-14 Stephenville L   74-64

2013-14 Commerce   W 74-69

SCOUTING THE TEXANNS

Tatleton State are now 3-2 in their last five games with losses to Angelo State and the Lions and one of those wins was against West Texas A&M at the buzzer in Stephenville. Tarleton State owns the second best scoring offense (76.5) and the third best scoring defense in the LSC (62.9).

Key Players

#32 Kiara Wright: 20.8 ppg / 12.7 rpg / 2.2 apg / 62.3% FG

#14 Brianna Bledsoe: 12.2 ppg / 4.5 rpg / 3.2 apg / 37.5% 3PT FG

#12 Kathy Thomas: 10.2 ppg / 2.7 rpg / 3.3 apg / 42.1% 3PT FG

LIONS IN THE LSC TOURNAMENT

LSC Titles: 1 (2007)

Tournament Record: 9-17 (.346) ... 2-3 since winning the title in 2007

19th Appearance (1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012)

2-0 vs Tarleton State in LSC Tournament (2006 Quarters: A&M-C 60, TSU 59 ... 2007 Quarters: A&M-C 97, TSU 77)

Potential semifinal matchup W-L in postseason: 1-0 vs. TWU (1992 Quarters: W 63-62) ... 0-1 vs. A&M-Kingsville (1997 Quarters: L 66-59)

HARRIS MOVING UP SCORING LIST

Harris is now sixth on the all-time scoring list for the Lions with 1,123 career points. Harris is just 5 points away from moving into fifth all-time.

HARRIS NOW SECOND ON REBOUNDING LIST

Senior forward Breanna Harris is now second all-time in rebounding with her 752. Katedria Mosley is the all-time leader with 841 rebounds.

HARRIS AMONG ACTIVE LEADERS

The senior forward is ranked eighth among active players in rebounding average over her career with a 9.7 average. Among the Top Ten Harris has done it the fewest amount of games (78). Harris also ranks 23rd among active players with 752 career boards.

HARRIS AMONG LEADERS IN ALL DIVISION II

Harris ranks 39th in rpg (9.8), 17th in field goal percentage (57.2) and t-41st with 10 double-doubles.

FRESHMAN LEADING A CATEGORY

Alize Pegue is leading the Lions in total assists (69) and assists per game (2.7) currently and would be the first freshman since teammate La'Tisha Hearne, steals (30) and spg (1.2) in 2011-12, to lead the Lions in a category in her frehman season. 

FIRST TIME SINCE 1997-98

If Pegue could lead the Lions in either total assists or assists per game she would be the first freshman since Jessica Douglas in 1997-98 to do it.

LIONS LEADING

Since the Lions loss to West Texas, A&M-Commerce has not trailed at any point in the their two wins over Texas Woman's and Tarleton State. The Lions were never even tied with the TexAnns on Saturday. 

STREAK OF 2

With the back-to-back wins last week the Lions are now tied for the second longest winning streak in the LSC with A&M-Kingsville. West Texas owns the longest at 3.

REGIONALLY RANKED WINS

With the 74-69 win over Tarleton State on Saturday the Lions have now won games versus regionally ranked opponents in two straight seasons. Last season's win came versus Abilene Christian in the LSC Tournament. This season the Lions have also beaten Texas Woman's and Midwestern State, who are both regionally ranked.

LIONS AMONG LSC LEADERS

PPG: Harris - 15.1 (3rd), Oliver - 10.5 (16th)

RPG: Harris - 9.6 (2nd), Hearne - 6.1 (10th)

Leaupepe-Tele - 5.6 (16th)

FG%: Harris - 57.2% (2nd)

FT%: Harris - 62.9% (13th)

3PT FGM per game: Oliver - 1.2 (16th)

Assists: Pegue - 2.7 (12th),

Johnson - 2.6 (13th)

Blocks: Leaupepe-Tele - 0.7 (5th)

Steals: Hearne - 1.5 (11th)