In Commerce, people in the university community knew Aubree Butts and Devin Oliver as friends and classmates. KETR listeners across Northeast Texas knew the two young women as important parts of the backcourt of the Lions basketball team.
UPDATE, 8:40 a.m.- The two young women killed in the accident have been identified as Aubree Butts and Devin Oliver. The two young women who survived the wreck are La'Tisha Hearne and Zenobia Winbush. A candelight vigil will be held on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce at Rachel's Garden starting at 9:00 p.m. Wednesday night. University flags are flying at half staff Wednesday as well in honor of the women.
Eastern New Mexico used two scoring runs to defeat Texas A&M-University-Commerce 90-76 on Jan. 22 in Portales, N.M. The Zias (6-8, 4-1 Lone Star Conference) started 0-of-10 from the floor before rallying to defeat the Lions (3-12, 2-4).
The knockout punch came in the form of a 20-1 run over a 4:48 span in the second half that allowed the Eastern New Mexico to withstand a 15-2 run by A&M-Commerce over the last 3:56 to get the win.
Texas A&M University-Commerce had the lead for over 24 minutes versus Texas A&M University-Kingsville, but the Lions could not fend off the Javelinas and fell 76-72 at The Field House on Wednesday night. The Lions fall to 2-10 overall and 1-2 in Lone Star Conference play. The win lifts Kingsville to 6-6 overall and 1-1 in LSC play.
A&M-Commerce (2-9, 1-1 LSC) needed overtime to seal a 71-64 upset win over the visiting Mustangs of Midwestern State (9-4, 1-1). The win marks the end of a seven game losing streak for the Lions versus the Mustangs. The Lions did their damage on the defensive end, holding Midwestern State to just 1-20 (5%) from three-point range and a season low 29.3% from the field overall.
The Angelo State Rambelles erased a six-point halftime deficit and held off an Texas A&M University-Commerce comeback attempt in the game’s final two minutes to edge the Lions 55-54 in the Lone Star Conference opener for both teams on Thursday at The Field House.
A&M-Commerce will take on their third Division I team this season when they face the Lumberjacks of Stephen F. Austin on Monday. The Lions will try to make it back-to-back wins after getting their first win of the season last time out versus Ouachita Baptist. The Lions then open up Lone Star Conference play when the calendar turns to 2014 when Angelo and Midwestern State come to The Field House. This season marks the third straight season in which the Lions open up their conference schedule at home.
A&M-Commerce Lions at Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks
Texas A&M University-Commerce got their first win of the season over Ouachita Baptist and also recording the program's first ever win over the Tigers. The Lions held the Tigers scoreless from the three-point line in the second half and got 12 second-half points from Danielle Dixon to secure the win.
Overall the Lions held the Tigers to just 3-of-20 from behind the line (15%) and to just 35% shooting overall.
Texas A&M University-Commerce outshot Henderson State from the two and three-point range, but the Lady Reddies made 22-of-26 their free throws in order to get past the Lions and hand A&M-Commerce their seventh straight loss to open the 2013-14 season.
The women's basketball team of Texas A&M University-Commerce will try to get their first win in 2013'-14 in a matchup against the team that they last beat in Abilene Christian. The win was in last season's Lone Star Conference Tournament Quaterfinal in Allen with the Lions winning, 80-79. The Lions have a two week break after this game for the end of the fall semester and pick back up on Dec. 17 versus Henderson State at The Field House. Lions on the Web
Texas A&M University-Commerce held its own for the first 30 minutes against Division I opponent Sam Houston State, but the Bearkats wore down the Lions over the final 10 minutes to notch an 85-64 victory at Johnson Coliseum.
Trailing by double digits midway through the second half, Texas A&M University-Commerce used a fierce rally to pull even with A&M International in the final minute. But a Dustdevil lay-up as the clock struck triple zeros thwarted the comeback attempt as the Lions fell 81-79 in the 2013-14 home opener at the Field House.
Texas A&M University-Commerce returns to the court at the Field House for the first time in 2013-14, hosting Texas A&M International Thursday at 5:30 p.m. The Lions are seeking their first victory of the season, sitting at 0-3 on the year.