OCU runs away from Lady AggiesNovember 28, 2003
LAWTON, Okla. (Nov. 28) - Entering Friday's contest against the NAIA's top-ranked Oklahoma City Stars, the Cameron women's basketball team was intent on finding a way to slow down OCU's high-octane offense. Coach Dick Halterman's squad succeeded in that goal for nearly 30 minutes of the game, but Oklahoma City proved to be too much down the stretch. The Stars put together a 35-8 run late in the second half, cruising to an 89-63 win in opening-day action at the Cameron PowerAde Classic.
Action in the two-day event continues with three games on Saturday at Cameron's Aggie Gym.
Junior guard Antonia White led a Cameron charge that kept the Lady Aggies in contention for much of the game. The 5-5 native of Columbia, Md., led Cameron with 19 points on 9-of-16 shooting, while logging three steals. All-conference forward Kimberle Woods added 14 for the Aggies (2-1).
Four OCU players scored in double-digits, led by reigning NAIA Player of the Year Kesha Watson, who poured in a game-high 32 points and led all players in the game with seven steals. Sadio Sangare added 21 points for the Stars, while Detra Ashley and Sarah Kincannon scored 16 and 10, respectively.
Cameron trailed by just seven (34-27) at halftime and tied the score at 46-46 on a three-pointer by Lakrisha Murdoch with 13 and a half minutes to play in the second half. The Lady Aggies trailed by just two at 52-50 with just over 11 minutes remaining, before OCU turned on the heat defensively to ignite the back-breaking scoring run.
Coach Janell Jones' Stars, who had reached the century mark in scoring in each of the team's six previous games, recorded 20 steals while forcing Cameron into a season-high 30 turnovers in the contest.
In the opening game of the PowerAde Classic on Saturday, Drury University used a 22-9 scoring advantage at the free throw line to take an 86-79 victory over Central Oklahoma. Amanda Newton paced the Lady Panthers with 19 points, while Jill Curry added 18.
Cameron will face Drury, ranked No. 9 in the NABC Division II preseason poll, on Saturday at 6 p.m. That game will be followed by a Cameron's men's matchup against Sterling (Kan.) College at 8. Central Oklahoma's women and Oklahoma City will meet earlier in the day, with first tip in Day 2 of the Cameron PowerAde Classic set for 4 p.m., at Aggie Gym.