Texas A&M University-Commerce cagers split with McNeese at home on Saturday

Jan. 9—COMMERCE — Texas A&M University-Commerce split in its two Southland Conference basketball home games on Saturday against McNeese State of Louisiana.

The Lion women won 87-78 while the men lost 73-67.

A&M-Commerce's women squared their season record at 6-6 and their conference record at 1-1.

It was the conference opener for the Lion men, who dropped to 6-8 for the season.

The first and third quarters were key to the Lion women's victory. They outscored McNeese 29-14 in the first quarter and 27-18 in the third quarter. The Lions shot 52.38% from the field in the first quarter and 58.82 in the third quarter but missed more than half their shots in the other two quarters.

Mia Deck doubled up to lead the Lions with 23 points and 10 rebounds. She also recorded two assists and two steals.

Mary Delgado contributed 19 points, five rebounds, six assists and a steal.

Jordyn Newsome scored 18 points, Ahmya Boyce scored 12 and Olivia Russell pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds.

Emilia Tenbrock led McNeese and all scorers with 40 points. She was 14-of-26 from the field and 8-of-9 from the free throw line.

Azjah Reeves also tossed in 14 points for McNeese, which dropped to 4-11 for the season and 0-2 in conference play.

McNeese rallied from a 36-28 halftime deficit to beat the Lion men.

Shahada Wells fired in 25 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the 12-2 Cowboys. Teammate Antavion Collum tossed in 20 points.

Jerome Brewer Jr. led the Lions and all scorers with 32 points to go with seven rebounds. Brewer was 4-of-7 from 3-point range and 8-of-10 from the line.

Tommie Lewis scored 12 points for the Lions and Kalen Williams added 10 points.

The Lions faced New Orleans next on Monday in a game that was moved up because of inclement weather in New Orleans.

The Lion women are to play next at home on Thursday against Incarnate Word, starting at 6:30 p.m. They're also to play Houston Christian at home on Saturday, with a 3:30 p.m. tipoff.

The Lion men are to play Houston Christian at 1 p.m. on Saturday at home.