Davis becomes Lion Basketball's all-time leader in minutes as Lions fall 58-44 to West Texas A&M in LSC Semifinal
By Texas A&M University-Commerce
Mar 10, 2019
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Frisco, Texas -- The Texas A&M University-Commerce women's basketball team fell 58-44 to No. 16 West Texas A&M on Saturday evening. After leading for nearly the entire first half, shooting struggles hampered the Lions down the stretch.
The loss brings the Lions to 20-10 on the season at the completion of their LSC Tournament action. The Lady Buffs improve to 28-3 and they advance to the LSC Tournament Championship.
The Lions await the release of the official NCAA South Central Regional rankings to determine their seed in the NCAA Division II Tournament. The NCAA will release the NCAA Tournament field at 9 p.m. on Sunday.
- Princess Davis (Shreveport, La.) passed former Lion men's basketball player Jason Hall (1992-96) as the all-time leader in minutes played in a Lion basketball uniform. Davis became the women's program leader in minutes played earlier this season.
- Alexis Bryant (Pflugerville) led the Lions with 12 points and also led the team with six rebounds.
- Davis added 11 points and led the team with five assists.
- Agang Tac (Garland Sachse) had six points while Alexus Jones (Lewisville Aledo) added five.
- After shooting 50 percent in the first quarter, the Lions struggled from the field in the final three quarters. The Lions ended the game shooting 29 percent, including 17 percent in the final quarter.
Head Coach Jason Burton:
Thoughts on a low-scoring game: "It was not a great shooting night for the Lions. If before the game you tell me we are going to hold WT to 58 points, I think we win the game with how we have been scoring the ball all year. I think we got good looks. I'll take some of Bryant's looks in the paint or some of Princess' drives. But at the end of the day, we just didn't knock down shots."
On the first half performance: "We came out and played a great first half. Even though we only scored nine points in the second quarter, it was 26-25 at halftime. It was anybody's game. We did a good job of forcing turnovers but just weren't able to capitalize. The second half, we still played good defense but gave up too many offensive rebounds."
Looking forward to NCAA Regional Rankings: "I believe we are in. Coming into this tournament, we were the eighth seed in the region. We beat the seventh ranked team in the region in the first round. There were no upsets in the RMAC. I think we are in."
Princess Davis:
Her perspective on the game: "We allowed them to get a lot of offensive rebounds, especially after free throws didn't go in. We allowed them extra possessions. From a team standpoint, we just couldn't finish, including myself."
On becoming the all-time minutes leader in Lion basketball history: "I'm happy for the time I have put in. I'm happy for the teammates I have played with and the coaches I have played under. I just give thanks to the Lord. I don't know where I would be today without the people in my life."
Alexis Bryant:
On the battle in the paint: "Offensively, I thought I got good looks. Sometimes the shots went in but sometimes they didn't. Defensively, Abby [Spurgin] is big. I tried my best. She is going to make shots but we had to box out and rebound."
The Lions took the early lead with a three to start. The Lions scored the first five points of the game. The Lions swarmed on defense early on, going on a 7-0 run to take a 12-5 lead at the midway mark. WT battled back to within two points. The Lions took a three-point lead into the second quarter. Both team shot better than 50 percent in the quarter.
The teams traded threes early in the quarter before Davis had a strong take to the bucket, plus the foul, giving the Lions a six-point lead. Turnovers plagued both teams midway through the second quarter. The lead hung at one point for a while for the Lions as neither team could find a basket. The Lions went scoreless for four minutes and without a basket for the final five minutes of the half. WT then took its first lead of the game late in the half. The Lions went into halftime trailing 26-25.
Bryant led the Lions with seven points in the first half. Davis and Jones both added five points. Both team had double digit turnovers in the first half.
The Lions retook the lead early in the second half on a scoop shot from Bryant. WT fired back with five points to take a four-point lead. The Lions continued to play swarming defense but gave up multiple offensive rebounds, which allowed the Lady Buffs to push their lead to seven. WT continued to shoot well while the Lions struggled from the field. WT pushed its lead to as many as 12. The Lions trailed by 10 entering the final quarter.
The Lions shooting woes continued in the final quarter. The teams traded buckets twice before the Lions hit a cold spell. The Lions went scoreless for more than three minutes before a bucket from Bryant cut the streak. The Lions could not find the run they needed and the time ran out.