Shooting Woes Cost Lions vs. St. Mary’s

Drew Ivery, Sports Reporter

A&M-Commerce Huddles up during a timeout vs. St. Mary’s | Photo by Ashley Tuppen

By Drew Ivery | Sports Reporter

The A&M-Commerce Lions had hopes of beginning a win streak, but those dreams were crushed due to a slow night on offense. Lions fall to St. Mary’s 62-51 in the Commerce Field House.

It was a cold night for the Lions in this last contest and you know it’s just not your day when your best shooting percentage in a quarter is 35 percent.

Despite the off-night, the team continued to compete. Chania Wright led the team in scoring with 13 points, adding five rebounds, and two assists. The Lions (2-3) only held a lead for one minute and thirty-three seconds in the entire game, with its biggest lead being only by one point. Lions didn’t obtain their first lead until about six minutes left in the second quarter. Throughout the game, the Lions were looking to work the ball inside by feeding multiple players in the paint and it didn’t end well. Resulting in multiple bad pass attempts on the inside for turnovers. The offense for the Lions is still struggling to find rhythm and consistency so far this season.

The Rattlers came to play on Tuesday as they have now extended their win streak to four.

St. Mary’s (5-1) doubled the Lions in points off turnovers with twenty-two and won in points in the paint, thirty-four to twenty-two. The Rattlers were led by guard Arysia Porter who scored 14 points and collected five rebounds. Another big contribution in the victory was teammate Hannah Wilson who was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field and posting a double-double with 10 points and eleven rebounds.

Even with the win, the Rattlers had a hard time holding on to the ball all game long, as they committed 19 turnovers. The Rattlers made eight more shots than the Lions from the field and posted better shooting percentages from everywhere but the free throw line.

Next Matchup: Lions have a quick single game road trip for their upcoming game as they will be in Durant, Oklahoma to take on Southeastern Oklahoma State at 2 p.m. on Sunday.