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A&M-C women tie program record with fifth consecutive double-digit win, down Cameron 86-67
By Texas A&M University-Commerce
Jan 5, 2019
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Lawton, Okla. The Texas A&M University-Commerce women's basketball team defeated Cameron University 86-67 on Saturday afternoon. The Lions pulled ahead late in the first quarter and continued to build their lead.
 
The win is the fifth consecutive for the Lions, bringing them to 8-4 on the season and 3-1 in the Lone Star Conference. All five of the wins in the current streak have been by double-figures, tying a program record for most consecutive double-digit wins. Cameron falls to 4-9 and 1-3 in LSC play.
 
The Lions return to action on Tuesday with a home game against Tarleton State. The game will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Field House.
 
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

- Alexis Bryant (Pflugerville) notched her first double-double of the season with a season-best 16 points and 13 rebounds, averaging a double-double for the road trip.

- The Lions shot 39.1 percent from the field, making 25-of-64 shots. They dominated at the free throw line, making 32-of-40 (80 percent) of their shots from the charity stripe, setting season highs in both attempts and makes.

- A&M-Commerce also had a 55-34 rebounding advantage.

- Bryant was one of six Lions in double digit scoring. Chania Wright (DeSoto) also scored 16 points.

- Princess Davis (Shreveport, La.) scored 15 points and snagged three of the Lions' nine steals.

- Makayla Foy (Edmond, Okla.) scored 11 points, and Ekaterina Zhibareva (Liske, Russia) and Maddison Glass (Missouri City - Hightower) each netted 10 points. Glass and Alexus Jones (Aledo) tied for the team lead with three assists apiece.
 
HEAD COACH JASON BURTON AFTER THE GAME

- On the team's recent play: "These ladies are playing really, really well and are playing at a high level right now and have completely sold out on doing everything that we've asked them to do. We challenged them. We didn't want to give up any uncontested shots from three, we wanted to make it difficult for them to shoot threes. A team that is averaging pretty much 11 threes made per game only made six and when you cut what they do in half, you give yourself a really good chance to win."
 - On Bryant's double-double: "This trip was Alexis Bryant's coming-out party. She averaged a double-double on this trip and had a double-double in a faster-paced game today. She did such a good job getting up and down the floor, helping the guards out, coming back and rebounding, and then being a presence in the paint. A huge weekend for her."
 - On the team's rebounding effort: "We had 36 defensive rebounds and Cameron only had 34 total rebounds, and that was huge for us. Everything in our game plan was about defense. We challenged our guards, because when they take a lot of threes, there will be a lot of long rebounds and their guards are so active, we had to do a great job collectively rebounding. Good job on the Lions for following the game plan. Everyone who stepped on the floor today did what they were supposed to do."

 
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Lions got on the board first before six straight points by the Aggies put them in the lead. The Lions fought back, using a strong inside presence. Zhibareva got to the line multiple times early and also had a quick turnaround layup to bring the Lions back. With four minutes left the teams were tied at 10. There were four lead changes in the quarter before the Lions ended the quarter on a 5-0 run to take a 17-13 lead.
 
Wright hit a pullup three to start the second quarter and the Lions extended their lead. After the Aggies cut the Lion lead to two points, the Lions went on a 10-0 run to push their lead to double figures. Foy had two layups off of rebounds and Bryant also fought in the paint to help the Lion cause. The teams traded buckets through the rest of the quarter. A three at the buzzer from Cameron sent the Lions into halftime with a 37-27 lead.
 
Wright led all scorers with 10 points, eight of which came in the second. Bryant had eight points and led the team with six rebounds. Both teams shot 35 percent from the field in the half. The Lions were the victors in free throw attempts, hitting nine of their 10 chances from the line. The Lions also had 12 offensive rebounds in the half, scoring 19 second-chance points.
 
The Lions went running again early in the third, going on an 11-2 run to push their lead to 20 points. The Lions continued to attack the paint and were rewarded with free throws and good looks at the basket.
 
The Lions pulled away in the third quarter, bringing their lead to as many as 24 by the final buzzer. The Lions continued to attack the paint and got to the foul line multiple times in the quarter. The Lions scored 13 points from the foul line in the quarter and outscored the Aggies by 14 to take a 61-37 lead into the final quarter.
 
The Lions continued to hit free throws in the quarter, which was vital. The Aggies upped their full-court pressure and were able to cut the Lion lead to 12 points. But the Lions hit their free throws down the stretch and left the arena with the 19-point win.