Texas A&M University-Commerce basketball teams to play at home against McNeese

Jan. 6—Texas A&M University-Commerce's women will try to shake off a loss in their Southland Conference basketball opener on Saturday while the Lion men open conference play.

The women lost their conference opener 88-78 at New Orleans on Thursday. A&M-Commerce led by as much as 10 points (41-31) in the first half but was outscored 52-33 in the second half.

The Lions tied it at 69-69 with 4:45 left after Ahmya Boyce scored but the Privateers then went on a 15-0 run to seal the victory.

Brianna Ellis led New Orleans with 24 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Alexis Calderon produced 22 points, five rebounds and three assists. Jayla Kimbrough tossed in 12 points and Zoe Cooper finished with 10 points and six rebounds.

Mia Deck doubled up for the Lions with 23 points and 10 rebounds to go with four assists. Deck was 4-of-8 from 3-point range.

Boyce finished with 17 points and four steals. She was 3-of-4 from 3-point range.

Mary Delgado also doubled with 13 points and 10 assists and Jordyn Newsome tossed in 12 points.

The 5-6 Lion women will face conference foe McNeese State at 3:30 p.m. today at the Field House following the 1 p.m. men's game.

McNeese is 4-10 overall and 0-1 in conference play after falling 78-54 to Northwestern State. Boston Berry led McNeese with 14 points and seven rebounds. Azjah Reeves tossed in 13 points and Helena Galunic added 11.

The A&M-Commerce men enter conference play with a 6-7 season record. They've played some tough non-conference opponents, falling 78-46 at Texas A&M, 73-46 at Texas Tech, 81-61 at Kentucky, 90-47 at SMU and 77-42 at TCU.

Zondrick Garrett was the only Lion scorer in double figures against TCU with 10 points as A&M-Commerce went only 2-of-22 from 3-point range and 2-of-6 from the free throw line.

McNeese is 11-2 for the season with the only two losses to Western Carolina (76-74) and Louisiana Tech (71-62).

The Cowboys won their last game 87-76 at Michigan. Shahada Wells, a 6-0 graduate student from Amarillo Tascosa, led the Cowboys over Michigan with 30 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and five steals. D.J. Richards Jr. tossed in 15 points and Christian Shumate added 14.

Wells ranks second in the conference in scoring at 19.6 points per game. The Lions' Jerome Brewer Jr. ranks seventh at 13.6 and teammate Kalen Williams is 10th at 13.5.