Texas A&M University-Commerce women end season with loss to Lamar

Mar. 14—LAKE CHARLES, Louisiana — Texas A&M-University Commerce was the only team to beat Lamar during Southland Conference women's basketball play this season.

Lamar, which finished at 17-1 in conference play, made sure there wouldn't be another upset on Wednesday in the semifinals of the conference tournament. The Cardinals won 83-58.

Lamar, now 24-5 for the season, advanced to Thursday's conference finals at the Legacy Center in Lake Charles. The Cardinals will play Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, which won its semifinal 60-59 over Southeastern Louisiana.

The Lions finished the season at 15-16.

A&M-Commerce led 15-11 after one quarter but Lamar stepped it up to outscore the Lions 23-16, 26-18 and 23-9 over the last three quarters.

Lamar outshot the Lions 51.6 to 39.6% from the field and outrebounded them 47-23.

Akasha Davis doubled up to lead Lamar with 23 points and 11 rebounds. R'Mani Taylor fired in 21 points, hitting 4-of-4 from 3-point range. Sabria Dean also doubled with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Malay McQueen tossed in 14 points.

Jordyn Newsome led the Lions with 18 points and Ahmya Boyce tossed in 17. Also scoring for the Lions were Mary Delgado (6), Dorian Norris (5), Mia Deck (5) Jasmine Payne (4) and Jada Hood (3).

A&M-Commerce, the fifth seed beat No. 4 seed Incarnate Word 66-57 on Tuesday to advance to the semifinals. The Lions outscored Incarnate Word in all four quarters.

Incarnate Word beat the Lions twice in the regular season, including 70-62 in Commerce on Jan. 11 and 72-61 at San Antonio on Feb. 15.

But the Lions turned it around on the Cardinals in the conference tournament.

Deck led the Lions with 22 points, six rebounds, two assists, two steals and a blocked shot.

Also scoring for the Lions were Boyce (11), Delgado (8), Norris (7), Jordyn Beaty (6), Newsome (5), Payne (4) and Hood (3).

Nina De Leon Negron led the Cardinals with 14 points. Destiny Terrell tossed in nine and Chloe Storer added eight.

Hood was named the conference's player of the week after firing in career-high 22 points in the Lions' 69-58 win last week over Northwestern State University.