Determination

A determined Juliana Louis focuses on the basket for Texas A&M University-Commerce during a recent home game.

  No. 8 will take on No. 4 in a battle of nationally-ranked women’s basketball teams on Thursday in Commerce.

  Lubbock Christian, which is 16-2 for the season, is ranked eighth in NCAA Division II. The Lady Chaps, who are 10-2 in Lone Star Conference play, are the defending national champions.

  A&M-Commerce, the only undefeated team left in the LSC, is 19-0 for the season and 13-0 in LSC play. The Lions are No. 4 in Division II.

  The two teams will battle at 5:30 p.m. in the Field House. To follow at about 7:30 p.m. is the men’s game pitting the 11-6 Chaparrals against the 13-6 Lions.

Lubbock Christian and A&M-Commerce have only played twice in women’s basketball. The Lady Chaps won 67-42 on Nov. 12, 2018 in Lubbock and 74-39 at Commerce on Nov. 13, 2017.

  A&M-Commerce ranks first in the LSC in scoring (76.5 points per game) and second in scoring defense (52.7). The Lady Chaps are third in scoring (71.1) and fourth in scoring defense (56.0).

Lubbock Christian is second in the LSC in shooting percentage (.447) and first in free throw percentage (.781). The Lions rank fourth in shooting percentage (.411) and fourth in free throws (.716).

  Allie Schulte of Lubbock Christian, a 5-10 junior, earned the LSC offensive player of the week award after averaging 17.0 points and 6.5 rebounds in the Lady Chaps’ 70-48 and 72-49 victories last week over St. Mary’s and St. Edward’s.

  Maddi Chitsey, a 6-2 senior, leads the Lady Chaps for the season at 14.4 points and 6.6 rebounds. Schulte averages 12.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists.

  Chania Wright leads the Lions at 13.5 points per game, Dyani Robinson averages 11.1 points and Alexis Bryant averages 11.0.

  “The next time we take this court, it will be against Lubbock Christian,” said Lions coach Jason Burton. “That will be a huge game for conference standings, for regional rankings. We need everyone here at 5:30 and we need them here from start to finish.”

  A&M-Commerce’s men rank fourth overall in the LSC at 9-4 following an 83-82 loss on Saturday at UT Permian Basin in Odessa. The Lions missed a go-ahead shot at the buzzer.

  “A lot of guys did a lot of good things to give us a chance to win, we just didn’t pull out the victory,” said Lions coach Jaret von Rosenberg.

  Wayne Stewart leads the Lions and ranks fourth in the LSC in scoring at 20.3 points per game and ranks second in the LSC in shooting percentage at .649 and eighth in free throw percentage (.776).

  Deon Barrett is next for the Lions at 15.1 points and Deonta Terrell averages 13.3.

  Lubbock Christian is very balanced on offense with Lloyd Daniels (14.1), Parker Hicks (11.2), Ty Caswell (10.6), Cameron Copley (10.3) and Rashaan Proctor (10.1).

  Daniels was named the LSC men’s offensive player of the week after scoring 25 and 18 points in the Chaparrals’ victories of 87-82 over St. Mary’s and 87-81 over then No. 5 St. Edward’s.

  Will Lienhard of Oklahoma Christian was the men’s defensive player of the week. He pulled down 15 rebounds each in games against Midwestern State and Cameron and also blocked seven shots.

  Tiana Parker of West Texas A&M captured the LSC women’s defensive honor after averaging 11.0 rebounds, plus blocking eight shots for the Lady Buffs’ in a pair of wins last week.

  Both A&M-Commerce teams will be back in action at home on Saturday against teams from Angelo State.

             Lone Star Conference

2019-20 Women’s Basketball Standings

                   Division

                                 Div. Conf. Overall

West Texas A&M        6-0    11-1    18-3

Lubbock Christian      4-2    10-2    16-2

Angelo State             3-3      8-4    11-5

UT Permian Basin      2-3      5-8    8-11

Eastern N.M.             2-4     7-5    13-5

Western N.M.            0-5     4-9    7-10

                   Division

St. Mary’s                   3-0    7-6    8-9

Tarleton State             3-1    7-5    13-5

St. Edward’s               2-1    7-6    11-7

Texas Woman’s           2-2    4-8    6-10

A&M International       1-4    4-9    7-12

Texas A&M-Kingsville  1-4    2-11    3-12

                  Division

A&M-Commerce          5-0    13-0    19-0

Oklahoma Christian     3-2     6-7    6-11

Cameron                    3-3     6-6    7-11

Midwestern State        3-3     5-7    7-9

Arkansas-Fort Smith   2-3     6-7    9-10

UT Tyler                     0-5    1-12    3-14

2019-20 Men’s Basketball Standings

    Division

                                    Div. Conf. Overall

West Texas A&M          6-0    11-1    19-1

Angelo State                5-1      8-4    12-4

Lubbock Christian         3-3      8-4    11-6

Eastern N.M.                2-4      5-7    5-12

UT Permian Basin          1-4      7-6    14-8

Western N.M.                0-5    3-10    4-15

       Division

St. Edward’s                 3-0    11-2    17-2

Dallas Baptist               3-1      8-4    14-4

A&M-Kingsville              3-2    10-3    14-5

Tarleton State               2-2     7-5    11-7

St. Mary’s                     1-2    5-8     9-10

A&M International        0-5    1-12    3-16

        Division

A&M-Commerce            5-0    9-4    13-6

Oklahoma Christian       3-2    6-7    7-10

Cameron                      3-3    4-8    5-13

Arkansas-Fort Smith     2-3    4-9    8-11

Midwestern State          2-4    3-9    3-15

UT Tyler                       1-4    3-10    6-12

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