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ENMU basketball capsules - March 2



Texas A&M-Commerce (14-13, 7-10 Lone

Star Conference) at ENMU (11-14, 8-9)

• When: 4 p.m. today at Greyhound Arena

• Radio: KSEL-AM 1450

• Last time out: Both played on Wednesday. Commerce finished an astonishing 35 points under its season average in a 54-39 home setback to West Texas A&M, while the Greyhounds lost at Tarleton State 71-58.

• Last meeting: Jan. 19, the Lions beat ENMU 84-77 at Commerce.

• Of note: Commerce's output against WT was its lowest since a 60-39 loss to Tarleton State in 1997. … The Lions shot just 26 percent (14-of-53), and endured their third consecutive game under 20 percent from 3-point range (1-of-12). … Commerce's leading scorers are 6-foot-4 senior F Preston Whitley (13.8 ppg) and 5-9 senior G Stefon Carson (10.9 ppg). … Right now, the Lions are seeded eighth in next week's LSC tournament at Allen, Texas, but would move up to at least seventh with a win today. ENMU, tied with WT and Texas A&M-Kingsville for fifth, will be the seventh seed if all three teams win today, losing a three-way, head-to-head tiebreaker. The Hounds would be sixth in a two-way tie with Kingsville (they were swept by the Javelinas), but fifth in a two-way tie with WT by virtue of a split with fourth-place Incarnate Word (the Buffs went 0-2).


Texas A&M-Commerce (9-15, 7-12 Lone

Star Conference) at ENMU (7-20, 6-13)

• When: 2 p.m. today at Greyhound Arena

• Radio: KSEL-AM 1450

• Last time out: Both teams played on Wednesday. The Lions lost at home to West Texas A&M 73-64 while the Zias were beaten at Tarleton State 96-58.

• Last meeting: Jan. 19, the Lions held off a late ENMU rally to beat the Zias 69-59.

• Of note: The winner of this game will have the seventh seed in next week's conference tournament. With a season split, the Zias would have the tiebreaker over the Lions by virtue of wins over Midwestern State and Abilene Christian, which have already clinched the Nos. 1 and 2 seeds, respectively. Today's winner plays ACU at 11 a.m. (MST) on Wednesday at Allen, while the loser faces MSU at 5 p.m. (MST) the same day … The Lions are coming off a frustrating loss to WT. They had only nine turnovers to 20 for the Lady Buffs and put up 35 more shot attempts (81-46), but Commerce shot just 33 percent compared to 63 percent for WT. … Brianna Harris, a 5-11 junior F, leads the Lions with 15 ppg and 10.1 rpg. Against WT, though, 5-8 junior G Danielle Dixon scored 26 points — nearly three times her average — and added nine rebounds, four assists and five steals, while 5-9 freshman G/F Symone Brown had her first college double-double (15 points, 13 rebounds).

— Compiled by Dave Wagner


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