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Lions turn up pressure late to knock off Angelo State 78-74
By Texas A&M University-Commerce
Jan 6, 2018
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COMMERCEľ The Texas A&M University-Commerce women's basketball team defeated Angelo State University 78-74 on Saturday. The Lions turned on the heat defensively in the final minutes to get the win.
 
The victory brings the Lions to 8-5 on the year and 5-1 in the Lone Star Conference. The Rambelles fall to 8-4 on the year and 3-3 in conference play.
 
The Lions face a quick turnaround with an early week game against Tarleton State on Tuesday. The game will be played at 5:30 p.m. at the Field House.
 
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

- Brianna Wise led all scorers with 22 points in the game, scoring nine points from the foul line. It is her sixth game with at least 20 points this season.

- Princess Davis had a season-high 19 points in the game. She also had two assists.

- Artaejah Gay had 16 points and a season-high nine rebounds.

- Melanie Ransom had 15 points, all of which came in the second half. She went 6-of-7 in the second half.

- The Lions shot 59 percent from the field in the fourth quarter.

- After committing 13 turnovers in the first half, the Lions cleaned up their game and had just three giveaways in the second half. ASU had 19 turnovers in the game.
 
HOW IT HAPPENED

The Lions struggled from the field to start the contest, missing their first six shots of the game. It was a free throw that got the Lions on the board. The Lion defense was also on point but offensive rebounds gave the Rambelles extra possessions in the opening minutes. Midway through the quarter, ASU held a 6-1 lead.
 
The Lion offense started to heat up late in the period. Davis hit a jumper and also had a fast break layup as the Lions went on a 6-0 run to take a 7-6 lead. ASU stopped the run there and made a three. Gay then had a jumper to tie score. A late free throw from Davis gave the Lions a 12-11 lead after one quarter.
 
Both teams continued to struggle with ball security and field goals as both teams hit just one bucket apiece in the first four minutes of the quarter. The Rambelles started to find a rhythm, scoring back-to-back buckets to give ASU a three-point lead. The Lions fought back, scoring consecutive buckets of their own to lead 20-19 midway through the quarter.
 
ASU had a three-point play as the lead again changed hands with four minutes to play. It was part of an 7-0 run that gave ASU a 27-21 lead with three minutes to play in the half. The Rambelles made seven consecutive shots to push their lead to as many as seven. Davis drew a foul with one second to play and sunk both free throws to send the Lions into the half trailing 32-27.
 
Wise and Davis both had 11 points in the first half. There were 25 turnovers in the first half. The Rambelles scored 11 points off of 13 Lion turnovers while A&M-Commerce had just two points off of 12 ASU giveaways. The Rambelles had 20 points in the paint while the Lions had 12. Only three Lions scored in the
 
The Lions scored the first two buckets of the second half to cut the Rambelle lead to just one point. ASU responded to bring their lead back up to six. ASU caught fire from long range early in quarter, pushing their lead to nine points. Midway through the quarter, the Lions trailed by seven.
 
The Lions began to rally late in the third, scoring six points in a row. Ransom had two buckets on the fast break to help the Lions cut the lead to three. It was part of an 11-1 run, which was capped with a three-point play from Wise to give the Lions their first lead of the second half. The Lions led 48-47 with just under two minutes left.
 
ASU had a three-point play of its own to take the lead back. The Lions continued to drive into the paint and drew a couple of late whistles and finished the third quarter trailing 57-54.
 
The Lions started the fourth quarter well, stopping the Rambelle offense and executing their own. A spin move in the lane from Ransom gave the Lions a 60-59 lead with eight minutes left. It was a 6-0 run that gave the Lions a three-point lead. ASU then had two consecutive steals and fast break layups to retake the lead. A three from Gay tied the game at 65 with 4:30 to play.
 
Ransom continued to shoot well. She grabbed an offensive rebound and made a strong move to the bucket to make a difficult shot. Gay then made a bucket on a perfect lob pass from Davis. Wise hit a three to cap off the run and the Lions held their largest lead of the game. The Lions pushed their lead to as many as eight in the final minute.