Lions battle back to defeat Cameron 93-89 in overtime in first round of LSC Tournament - LINK
FRISCO– The Texas A&M University-Commerce women's basketball team defeated Cameron University 93-89 in overtime on Thursday afternoon in the quarterfinal round of the Lone Star Conference Championship. The Lions battled back from 12 down going into the fourth quarter to take the game to overtime and eventually win.
The win brings the Lions to 18-11 on the season and they advance to the semifinals of the LSC Tournament. The Aggies fall to 13-16 on the season and are eliminated from tournament play.
The Lions will play in the LSC semifinal game on Saturday at Noon. They will play the winner of the West Texas A&M and Midwestern State game. All games in the LSC Tournament will be played at Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Brianna Wise led the Lions with 28 points. She went 14-of-18 from the free throw line. She also had six rebounds and five assists and had a steal with 13 second left in overtime to preserve the Lion win.
- Princess Davis finished with 27 points, 21 of which came in the second half and overtime period. She hit four threes in the game, including the three to give the Lions the lead for good in overtime. She played a team-high 43 minutes.
- Artaejah Gay finished with 14 points, all of them coming in the fourth quarter and overtime. She was in foul trouble for most of the game but game in and was a clutch scorer in the paint down the stretch.
- Melanie Ransom scored 10 points in the contest.
- Jasmyn Eckerman made two timely free throws late in the fourth quarter to help the Lions force overtime.
- The Lions attempted 50 free throws in the game, a program record.
- The Aggies shot 50 percent from the field and shot 63 percent from three after three quarters. They shot 56 percent from deep during the game.
- The Lions caused 22 CU turnovers and had a +12 margin in turnovers.
- The Lions are now 3-0 over Cameron at the Lone Star Conference Tournament.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Lions were the first on the board before the Aggies scored eight points in a row to take an early lead. Wise got into the paint early for the Lions, scoring three consecutive buckets give the Lions back the lead with three minutes left in the quarter. The Aggies finished the quarter on a 10-1 run to take an 18-10 lead into the second quarter.
Wise was aggressive to start the second quarter. She scored a strong bucket in the paint and then drew a foul to score four consecutive points for the Lions. Davis then hit a three to cut the Aggie lead to just one after two minutes in the quarter.
The Aggies continued to shoot well in the second quarter, pushing their lead back up to nine points at the midway mark of the quarter. The Lions struggled from the foul line in the quarter and were held scoreless for more than three minutes late in the half. CU capitalized to take a double-digit lead late. Wise hit a bucket in the paint plus drew a foul and two late free throws from Eckerman sent the Lions into halftime trailing 35-25. Wise led all scorers with 15 points in the first half, shooting 60 percent from the field. The Lions struggled from the foul line, shooting 50 percent in the first half. The Aggies shot 52 percent from the field and 50 percent from three in the first half.
Davis hit a strong bucket in the paint and also drew a foul early in the third quarter. She also drew another foul to score the first four points of the half for the Lions. The Aggies continued their hot shooting from deep in the third quarter, pushing their lead to 14 points. The Lions continued to score but the Aggies matched them point for point, keeping their lead at 14 through much of the quarter. Davis hit a late basket, plus drew a foul, cutting the deficit to 62-50 at the end of the third quarter.
The Lions cut the Aggie lead to five points early in the fourth quarter, starting the quarter on a 9-2 run. Ransom hit a jumper and Wise also hit a shot inside. Ransom hit a three to cut the lead to five. Price then hit a layup on a fast break to cut the Aggie lead to just three points with seven minutes left. The Aggies brought their lead back up to five before Gay hit a bucket in the lane to bring the lead down to three again. Gay hit another jumper with four minutes left to tie the game at 70 apiece.
The Aggies scored the next two buckets before a three from Davis brought the lead down to one point with two minutes to play. After a Cameron free throw, Gay hit another jumper to once again tie the game. Gay caught fire late in the game to help push the Lions along. Three late Lion free throws tied the game at 80-all with 38 seconds left. After a quick Cameron bucket, Wise drew a foul to again tie the game, this time at 82. The Lions drew an offensive foul with eight seconds left and had the chance to win the game but a three hit off the rim and the game went into overtime.
Gay hit an early bucket in overtime to give the Lions their first lead since the first quarter. Cameron then took the lead on a jumper of their own. Trailing by two, it was Davis who found space, knocking in the triple to give the Lions back the lead. The Lions would not trail again in the game. Gay continued her strong push late, hitting two free throws. The Aggies cut the Lion lead to one point and after a missed Lion shot, the Aggies once again had the ball with a chance to gain the lead. Wise came up with a steal and she was fouled, making both foul shots. The Aggies missed their final shot and the Lions ran out the clock.
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