Cameron Pushes The Golden Hurricane To The BrinkNovember 5, 2011
TULSA, Oklahoma (Nov. 5, 2011) ¬¬ Cameron’s women’s basketball team traveled to Tulsa Saturday for its last exhibition match before starting the season. The Aggies withstood the Golden Hurricanes best, and pushed Tulsa to the brink, losing 69-64.
“We’ve gotten to play two Division-II opponents in the last two weeks; that’s going to help,” said Head Coach Tom Webb. “This was a great opportunity for us. We got better.”
Cameron struggled to find rhythm in the first half, failing behind 44-29, but fought back in the second half to take the lead 49-48 at the 10:06 mark. The Black and Gold kept its foot on the gas, maintaining the lead up until 2:21 in the second half. Despite losing the on the scoreboard, Cameron outscored Tulsa 35-25 in the second half. While the coach said its nice his team played an opponent of this caliber so close, there are always things to take away from a game, and you have to do that to be better each week.
“First thing we have to do is play two halves,” Webb said. “We didn’t do that. That’s the first thing we learned. We improved in a lot of places we needed to,o but we have a long way to go. (In the) First half we struggled. I think at one point we were down 20 or 22 points. But our ladies are resilient. We fought and continued to play defense. We were up with a minute to go.”
Senior Sabelle Diata was a force offensively and defensively for Cameron, posting 18 points of 8-13 shooting, three blocks and three steals. Senior Nicole Pendarvis was also affective offensively with 16 points on 6-11 shooting. Senior Julie Paunovic was the only other Aggies in double figures with 10 points on 4-10 from the floor.
The team will kick off its regular season at home Nov. 15 against Barclay College. The game will begin at 6 p.m. in the Aggie Gym.