Here is your weekly dose of all things A&M-Commerce Lion related.
For the first time in almost a calendar year, the Lion Women basketball team tasted defeat. Saturday afternoon in Commerce, the West Texas Lady Buffs took down the Lions 58-55. The Good news is, the Lions are still in the NCAA D2 Top 25 at 6th in the latest polls, and also still # 1 in the NCAA South Central Region. The Women close out the regular season at Oklahoma Christian tonight with a 5:30 tip time and then finish the regular season at Arkansas Forth Smith Saturday afternoon on the road as well. The LSC Basketball tournament will start next Thursday for the Women. Seeding will come out this Sunday.
The Lion Men had a rough Saturday as 3rd ranked West Texas A&M handed the Lions their worst loss in a long time, 93-72. The Men face the same test but have the chance to push their overall record to 18 regular season wins and of course have the conference tournament that could get them to 19 or 20 wins, depending on who they play. The only thing that assures the Men a return back to the NCAA tournament would be winning the LSC tournament next week. The Lions close out their season at Oklahoma Christian tonight at 7 and then Saturday at 4 at Arkansas Fort Smith.
The 16th ranked Lion women pushed their record to 11-4, but face a tough tests as they play double headers 2 hours to the Southeast in Tyler against 3rd ranked UT-Tyler. The Lady Patriots have been one the best softball programs in the nation for the past decade and have high expectations every year. It will be a telling sign of how good this team expects to be in this next series. The Lions then head for a set of double headers against 15th ranked Rogers State early next week before retuning home to face off against Cameron.
The Lion Men took 3rd place at the LSC indoor championships in Lubbock over the weekend, while the Lion Women took 4th place. Next is the NCAA Indoor Championships for those who qualified in Birmingham, Alabama, and the outdoor season kicks off with the Lions hosting the East Texas State Quad Meet at Memorial Stadium in Commerce on March 20th.
For the first time in program history, the Lion Women Golf team has attained a national ranking at 24 in the country. They take their ranking on the road with them next week to Dominion Country Club in San Antonio at the St. Mary’s Invitational.
For those of you who have not seen it, the 1972 NAIA National title game has been uploaded to Youtube. Here is the link below. There is no audio, but you really get to appreciate how great that team was. Also, notice two things, the press box at Memorial Stadium was MUCH larger than it is now, and there was seating on the east side. Makes you wonder what happened to cause those things to be knocked down. Its 40 minutes, so enjoy, and props to Librarian Adam Northam (who I used to work with off campus when I was an undergrad) on doing this exciting feature.
Speaking of former Lion greats, Luis Perez, who started 3rd on the depth chart with the XFL’s New York Guardians, found himself in the game last week and came in and very well could be starting for the Guardians this Saturday’s game against Los Angeles, Perez’s former XFL team. Here are some his highlights towards the end of this video.