The Texas A&M University-Commerce women’s basketball team fell victim to shooting lulls at the beginning and end of the game in a 66-55 loss to Angelo State University in Stephens Arena on Thursday evening.
The Lions fall to 15-8 overall and 11-4 in the Lone Star Conference, while the Rambelles are now 17-4 overall and 12-3 in LSC play following the meeting of two teams who came into the contest tied for first in the league.
A&M-Commerce now heads to the Coastal Bend for a matchup with Texas A&M-Kingsville on Saturday. Tipoff against the Javelinas is set for 4 p.m. that day.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– Princess Davis lead all scorers with 26 points on 11-of-20 shooting, including three made three-pointers.
– Brianna Wise netted 19 points as the only other Lion in double figures.
– Jenna Price pulled down 11 rebounds for the Lions.
– A&M-Commerce shot 33.3 percent (22-of-66) in the game but were limited to 3-of-20 (15.0 percent) shooting from three-point range.
– ASU had a 49-39 edge on the boards and shot 37.5 percent (24-of-64) from the field.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Neither team shot particularly well in the opening half of the game, and the Lions struggled against the Rambelles’ zone defense. Davis netted the game’s first bucket for A&M-Commerce, but the Lions would then go nearly four minutes without scoring. Angelo State only made one of its first eight attempts, yet led 7-2 after the first four minutes. Davis made two more shots for the Lions in the frame and the guests trailed 11-6 after shooting 21.4 percent in the period.
Davis drained the first shot of the second quarter for the Lions before a five-point Rambelle run had the home team up by eight points at 16-8. Wise’s two free throws at the 5:49 mark cut the lead to six points, but the ‘Belles would quickly stretch their lead to double digits on consecutive made shots to put ASU up 22-12 with 4:30 left in the half.
The Lions responded with a five-point run to cut the lead down to five points at 22-17 with just over three minutes left in the half, and Wise’s shot in the final minute made it a 25-19 game at halftime. The Lions shot 30.8 percent in the half and turned the ball over 13 times in the first 20 minutes.
A&M-Commerce came out of the locker room with renewed vigor and a quick six-point run cut the Rambelle advantage down to two points at 27-25 with 7:50 left in the third quarter. Angelo State responded with its own five-point surge to get back out to a seven-point lead. The Lions chipped it back to a four-point difference on a Davis triple with 1:14 left in the quarter, but a late Rambelle three-pointer made it a 43-36 game with 10 minutes to go.
The Lions fell behind by double digits in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter, but an 8-3 rally had the ‘Belle lead down to five points at 53-48 with 4:34 to go. The Lions had a shot rim out to cut the game to one possession, starting a cold streak that would allow the hosts to pull away. A&M-Commerce missed 10 consecutive field goals and missed 12-of-14 in the final five minutes before scoring the game’s final five points.
Written by: Josh Manck