Lady Buffs defeat Lions 63-58 on senior night

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The West Texas A&M Lady Buffs defeated the Texas A&M-Commerce Lions this past Wednesday night in the last home game of the regular season, 63-58. This also marked the last career regular season home game for seniors Zantaya Davis, Michaela Neuhaus, and Madison McLain. The win moves the Lady Buffs to 23-2 (12-2 LSC) while dropping TAMUC to 14-12 (7-7 LSC).

The Lady Buffs, though shooting only 38.9 percent from the field, shot 44.4 percent from beyond the arc, nailing eight three pointers in the game. McLain went 3 for 5 from three point land and was tied for the game high in points with 13. She also had a game sealing block in the last few seconds of the contest.

“That was awesome, that was a dream come true,” McLain said. “I’ve kind of been in a shooting slump lately, and being senior night I kinda didn’t want that to distract me. It was awesome, my teammates got me the ball really well and you know, that block at the end, it was kind of awesome.”

Davis also had a good game for the Lady Buffs earning 12 points and also being one rebound shy of a double-double. Davis also contributed on the defensive side of the ball, tallying four steals. Davis said that even though she’s only been at WT for a couple of years, senior night and potentially playing her last career home game meant a lot.

“It meant a lot. Even though I’ve only been here for a couple of years, it felt like a good home away from home and I really like it here,” Davis said. “I tried not to cry. I cried earlier, but I tried not to cry now so I could focus, but I’m going to miss it here.”

Lady Buffs head coach Kristen Mattio, who finished her first season as head coach with only one loss at home, said that senior night is always an emotional night and she said that the team just wanted to get the last home game win for the seniors.17 - 4iCPaDL

“It’s always emotional on senior night,” Mattio said. “You have seniors that it’s just their final game at home, at least as far as we know right now, but our seniors have been our team leaders all year long, and there is no way that anyone else can understand their emotions that they’re going through, and we wanted to win. We wanted to get this final win on our home court.”

The Lady Buffs will be back in action on Saturday when they travel to Stephenville to take on the Tarleton State TexAnns. The last time the two teams met in Canyon, the Lady Buffs defeated the TexAnns 78-73 in overtime.

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