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Womens Semi-final game one - UCO defeats ACU 67-50 - Lizzie Brenner had 26 pts, 10 rebounds and 8 steals, just missing out on the first triple-double in UCO history. The UCO defense held ACU's Audrey Maxwell to just 7 pts, and the ACU team to 30 percent shooting.
Womens Semi-final game two -
- WTAM leads 15-13 with 8 minutes to go in the first half. Both teams shooting only 38% from the field.
- 30-22 in favor of WTAM at the half. WT with a 9-2 advantage on free throws. Emily Brister leads WT with 10 pts, 5 boards, 4 blocks and 3 assists. Lindsey Leatherman has 7 pts for ASU, while Tiffany Hardwell has 5 pts and 5 boards.
- With 5:35 to go, WTAM still leads, 57-44. The Rambelles got to within 5 early in the second half, but WT went on a 17-6 run to give themselves a cushion.
- WT wins 67-55. Of course it was Emily Brister leading the way with 25 pts and 9 boards. Holly Isaacs and Courtney Lee each had 12. ASU was lead by Lindsey Leatherman with 18 pts and 6 boards and Kandra Lakey chipped in 13 pts.
6:00 Abilene Christian vs. Texas A&M-Commerce
While both teams have to be pleased with their first-round wins, neither is satisfied just yet. The Wildcats almost let a 15 point lead with 8 1/2 minutes left turn into a loss, but they were able to win in the second OT 108-98. The Lions overcame a 15 pt first half deficit, outscoring WTAM 50-29 over the last 23:44 of the game.
In the first meeting between these two teams, ACU caught fire in the second half, hitting 69% of ther shots and scoring 67 points. Five Wildcats hit double figures in scoring with Sencanski leading the way with 32. Lance Jackson led 4 Lions in double figures with 24.
TAMC has shown all year that they are capable of beating top teams, but they just haven't been able to consistently go out and do it. Abilene is playing their best ball of the season at just the right time.
Texas A&M-Commerce Radio Webstream
GAME RECAP - The Lions limit ACU to 42% shooting and win 70-65. Scooby Johnson again led the way with 19 pts, Kevin Widemond chipped in 14, and Lance Jackson had 12. ACU had 4 players in double figures, led by Cam Holson's 14. The game was tight throughout, with 7 points being the largest lead of the night. ACU still has an outside shot at the regional tournament. Commerce will have to win the tournament to get the automatic bid.
8:30 Tarleton State vs. Central Oklahoma
While the early game features upset winners, the late game is between the two expected heavyweights. Tarleton edged by Northeastern State thanks to a foul call some 30+ feet away from the basket with 3 seconds to play and Mike Daniels clutch free throw shooting. Central Oklahoma broke a 5-5 tie 4 1/2 minutes into the game and never trailed the rest of the game.
The first time around, it took overtime and a 40-26 FT shooting edge for Tarleton to edge Central Oklahoma 73-70. Avery Patterson and Marlin Cloudy each scored 14 for TSU, but were a combined 6-22 from the field. Sam Belt led all scorers with 23 pts, but only hit 5-13. In fact, each team only shot 36% from the field.
UCO continues its hot play, beating an ASU team that came into the tournament playing its best ball. Tarleton is definetly not playing their best ball, and while that gets them by some teams, it won't against UCO. This could be the best game of the tournament, but the winner will have to guard against a letdown in the championship game.
Tarleton Radio Webstream
- UCO with a 47-35 halftime lead.
- UCO up 54-43 with 16:11 to go. Lance Harper with 15 and Sam Belt with 13 leading the Bronchos. Avery Patterson and Jeffrey Henfield have combined for 21 for TSU.
- UCO 71-60 with 6:55 to go. Sam Belt now with 26, Harper with 17.
GAME RECAP - UCO gets the win 78-65. Sam Belt led all scorers with 9 rebounds and 26 pts, hitting 7-11 from the field (4-7 on treys), and 8-8 from the line. Jeffrey Henfield had 14 for the Texans. The Bronchos never trailed in the game.