Here is your weekly dose of all things TAMUC Lion related. Let’s get to it.
Women’s Hoops-The A&M-Commerce Lion Women pushed their record to 17-0 for the season and are now ranked 3rd in the nation after two more big wins. This week on the schedule is Western New Mexico in Silver City on Thursday the 23rd and then a trip to the Permian Basin is on tap for this Saturday. The Lion women need these two wins because next Thursday, the top ranked team in the nation, Lubbock Christian, comes to Commerce. That is probably going to be one of the biggest regular season games in program history and already people are preparing for a full University Fieldhouse. My only concern is that this Lion team has not really been tested down to the wire, as they have blown out essentially everyone they have played. The game against LCU could be a barn burner that could come down to doing things like hitting free throws and getting time sensitive stops on defense. We will see, but this next week the Lions face a long road trip against two opponents that are always tough to play on the road.
The Lion Men face the two same squads as do their Women counterparts this week. At 12-5 overall, the Lion Men will face a Western New Mexico squad that defeated them in Commerce last season and a Texas-Permian Basin squad that is always tough. These are big games no doubt if the Lion Men wish to get a strangle hold on their Division and the LSC. The big game circled as of now will be the top team in the LSC, Angelo State on Saturday, February 1st, but first, the Lions have to take care of business out west or the matchup with the Rams will lost both its luster and importance.
Track and Field-
The Lion Track teams started the Spring portion of the Indoor season at the Corkey Classic in Lubbock at Texas Tech’s Indoor track and had a very promising first meet. The Men and Women’s team both set two provisional marks a piece and also took first in two events. Returning All-American Minna Svaerd won the Women’s 400 meter dash, setting a mark for 6th nationally and also pole vaulting 12 3/4 feet, good for 12th in the nation. Iniuto Ukpong won the Women’s weight throw. Nicodemus Rotich won the Mile run with a time of 4:14 while Andre Karash won the Men’s shot put. All in all, Lion head Track Coach George Pincock seemed pleased with his groups efforts and also looked to get ready for the new season. The teams head to Pittsburg State for their next Indoor meet on February 1st.
The Lion Wire staff wants to send condolences to the family of former Lion football player and Track Standout Larry Gilbert. Gilbert, a native of Bryan, Texas, played for the Lions from 2003-2006 as a linemen in Football and was a standout shot put thrower for the Lion track team. Please send your thoughts and prayers to his family as he is survived by his Wife and 2 Children and many of my friends who played Football during my time at Commerce were his teammates and friends.