Lion WBB preview vs. MSU-Texas

Drew Ivery, Sports Reporter

Makayla Foy attempts a free throw | Joseph Miller

By Drew Ivery | Sports Reporter

The Texas A&M University-Commerce Lions will be in action against MSU-Texas today to complete a two game set this week, looking to sweep the week and to make it nine straight home wins.


The Lions come in to the game after a 30+ point win against Cameron on Thursday trying to finish the season strong in their last seven games of the season. A win tonight and a Cameron loss would just about guarantee the Lions a spot in the Lone Star Conference tournament beginning on March 7th.


Head Coach Jason Burton and his staff still have a chance to improve upon last years record, including capturing the best record since Burton began his stint. His 2016-2017 team posted a 20-9 record marking his best W/L record at the helm. The only teams remaining on the Lions schedule they haven’t defeated this season are West Texas A&M and Eastern New Mexico, losing both games by eleven a piece. If Burton and the Lions can win out, it would mark his best season at the helm through his 5 seasons.


Lion Women’s Basketball (14-7, 9-4 LSC):

The Lions came away with a win after traveling to Wichita Falls for their last meeting with MSU Texas. Chania Wright had a game-high 17 points in the effort. Commerce currently sits at 4thin the conference standings. In the previous game for the Lions on Wednesday they forced Cameron to commit 31 turnovers, but were sloppy with the ball themselves as they committed a team-high 25 turnovers, the most in a game in Lion history. That statistic speaks volumes in two forms. On one hand being that they can turn the ball over as much as they did and still get a blowout victory. The other being that even in such a big win, they were incredibly sloppy with the ball. Turnovers have been a problem for the Lions all year whether it be a win or loss. Lions must make wise decisions with the basketball or it could pose a serious problem as they have their sights aimed at postseason play.


MSU Texas (8-12, 5-8 LSC):

The Mustangs sit at the bottom half of the pack in the conference at 7th in the LSC standings after a slow season start. MSU has maintained a slightly above water record of 5-5 since they last faced off with the Lions earlier this season. Prior to their loss in their last game against Tarleton, the Mustangs defeated a pair of top teams in the LSC as they took down both West Texas A&M and Eastern New Mexico at home. MSU appears to be sporadic in their play this season as they have lost big to teams  at the very bottom of the conference, but on the other hand have also beaten the top teams in the conference.


Players to Watch:

#3 Chania Wright (TAMUC)- leads team at 13.3 points per game, coming off a double-double her last game posting 13 points and season-high twelve rebounds.


#12 Princess Davis (TAMUC)- Davis is second in scoring on the team at 12.9 points per game. She nears two milestones coming into today’s games. Davis is 8 minutes away from being the all-time leader in minutes played at A&M-Commerce and is just 20 points shy of 4th place all-time in scoring.


#2 Chelsie Kizart (MSU Texas)- Kizart leads the Mustangs in scoring at 11 points per game. She had a tough night out in their previous game as she went just 3-for-13 from the field for 10 points, as opposed to the game prior to that where she posted 19 points in a victory of Eastern New Mexico.


Matchup: Game start is set for this afternoon at 2 p.m. in the Field House and can be heard on 88.9FM or, the Lion Sports Network.