After sweeping Texas A&M International on Thursday night, the two Texas A&M University-Commerce basketball teams hope to finish their South Texas visit with two more victories today.
The 14-0 Lion women, who are ranked fifth in NCAA Division II, will take on 3-7 Texas A&M-Kingsville at 2 p.m. today at the Steinke Center in Kingsville. The Lions cruised to a 68-39 win in Laredo over Texas A&M International to also stay perfect in Lone Star Conference play at 8-0.
The 10-4 Lion men will face the 11-3 Javelina men in the second game of the doubleheader at about 4 p.m. A&M-Commerce is 6-2 in LSC play following a 78-65 win in Laredo. A&M-Kingsville is 7-1 in conference play and 7-0 at home.
The Lion women pulled away from the Dustdevils with a 23-5 advantage in the third quarter after leading only 25-20 at halftime after going only 1-of-15 from 3-point range.
“We were only up by five at halftime,” said Lions coach Jason Burton. “But we held them to just five points in the third quarter defensively. That swung the game our way. I’m very proud of our team. We had some people step up.”
Chania Wright, who’d scored 33 and 25 points in her last two games, finished with just four points after going 1-of-11 from the field.
Dyani Robinson stepped up for the Lions with 11 points and four assists.
Alexus Jones tossed in nine points and DesiRay Kernal added eight.
“Our bench outscored their entire team,” said Burton. “I don’t think I’ve ever had that happen as the head coach. It really shows the depth of this team and the quality players we have.”
The A&M-Kingsville women are 2-6 in conference play but have won their last two games over Texas Woman’s (57-53) and UT Tyler (55-38).
Bridget Upton scored a team-high 13 points, pulled down seven rebounds and handed out four assists for the Javelinas in the win over UT Tyler.
Daisha Purnell scored 11 points for A&M-Kingsville after going 3-of-4 from 3-point range. The Javelinas were 9-of-32 from beyond the arc.
The A&M-Commerce men rolled up a 35-22 halftime lead over the Dustdevils and hung on for the victory.
Wayne Stewart continued his hot streak for the Lions, scoring 26 points after going 9-of-13 from the field and 6-of-9 from the line. Stewart currently ranks fifth in the LSC in scoring at 19.4 points per game.
“He has a great feel when he’s out there of where he needs to be and where he can score and where our guys can find him,” said Lions coach Jaret von Rosenberg.
Deonta Terrell tossed in 13 points and Austin Grandstaff and Darnell Wright both added nine points.
The A&M-Kingsville men rebounded from a 72-55 loss at Dallas Baptist to clip UT Tyler 67-59 on Thursday in Kingsville.
The Javelinas spread the scoring among Jamell Bradley (13), Chauncey Thomas (10) and Creighton Avery (10).