Your weekly dose of all things A&M-Commerce Lion related is back. So, let’s get to it.
Congratulations to Jason Burton, who has been making history this entire season with Women’s Basketball program, and really congratulations to the entire Lion Women’s team as they pushed their record to 22-0 and are now ranked # 3 in the nation after their huge win in Commerce over Lubbock Christian and also Angelo State. The Lions then disposed of UT-Tyler and face Midwestern State tonight at Ligon Coliseum in Wichita Falls. Counting tonight, the Lions have 6 regular season games left, and none bigger than their February 22nd matchup with West Texas A&M. However, this group has 3 games before that gets here, but should the Lions finished undefeated in the regular season, I cannot see them not getting the top seed in the LSC tournament and also in the Regional tournament if they emerged from that unscathed. A tough road to haul is left, but this group is the best I have ever seen from players to coaches. Tonight’s tip time for the Lions tilt agains the MSU Lady Mustangs is at 5:30 with Charlie Chitwood on the call via 88.9 KETR.
The Lion Men defeated UT-Tyler over the weekend to snap their 3 game losing streak and push their record to 14-8 overall. It is really this simple, if the Lion Men want to make it 4 straight and 5 out of the last 6 for the NCAA tournament appearance, they pretty much have to win out the rest of the way and have a strong showing in the conference tournament. It is really that simple. Anything else really puts them on the bubble and on shaky ground. This team has beaten some very good, quality teams and has lost some games they should not have lost. Winning out gets the Lions a 20-8 regular season record and a good conference tournament showing gets them another season of 20 plus wins. That starts tonight against a tough Midwestern State team, who almost got the Lions in Commerce in overtime the last time the two teams met. Tip time is at 7:30.
5 A&M-Commerce Women tracksters set personal bests at this past weekend’s Missouri Southern Open in Joplin, Missouri. Kaelah Elvish, Keeley Norris, Kiara Brown, Braeja Johnson, and Franziska Decker all set personal bests in their respective events. This follows up a strong showing the previous week at Pittsburg State’s Gorilla Invitational.
Both Men and Women head back up to Pittsburg for their final regular season indoor meet at Pittsburg State and then head to Lubbock as Texas Tech University will host the Lone Star Conference Track and Field Indoor Championships for the 4th straight season February 21-22nd. The first meet of the outdoor season will be the East Texas State Quad on Friday, March 20th.
The Lion softball team started the year ranked in the top 10 and so far have started out at 6-3 against 4 ranked teams. The Lions hit the diamond on the 21st in Edmond, Oklahoma at the Edmond regional festival and then return home to host Texas Women’s for a double header and then take the 2 hour trip down to Tyler to face UT-Tyler’s Lady Patriots to close out February.
Last week was national signing day as noted but we did not publish anything after the tragic events that unfolded in Commerce the day before. However, both Russ and Billy have been hard at work looking at film and stats for this next class. Our 2020 recruiting class preview will be up by this Thursday or Friday and then Billy reveals to us his “Favorite Recruit” from this class, so stay tuned.