Aggies battle hard at WFU InviteNovember 21, 2009
PENSACOLA, Florida (November 21) – The Cameron Aggie women’s basketball team traveled to Pensacola, Florida this weekend to participate in the West Florida Invitational. This is by far the best tournament the Aggies will play in this season where most of the teams competing are high-caliber NCAA Division II teams.
This weekend, the Aggies took on University of West Florida (UWF) and University of Lynn (UL). After a tough weekend of competition, Cameron will travel back with two extremely close losses.
First up for the Aggies on Friday evening was the Argos of UWF. The whole game was tremendously close and the Aggies battled very well with a tough UWF team. Using the home crowd to their advantage, the Argos proved to be the stronger team and prevailed by the score of 76-71.
Head Coach Tom Webb said the main reason for the loss was due to their lack of defensive skills.
“We are still very, very bad defensively,” Coach Webb said. “We have a long ways to go if we are letting teams shoot more than 40% from the field and score more than 70 points on us.”
Standout player in this game was junior guard Josie Stewart who led the team throughout the contest. Stewart finished with a double-double and recorded a team-high in points (22) and rebounds (8).
Looking to add a win to pull back above .500, the Aggies took on a strong Fighting Knights team from UL on Saturday. The CU ladies put up a hard fight but it was not good enough to capture a win. The Fighting Knights won the game by the score of 73-64.
Coach Webb said the Aggies let up defensively once again and let the other team take control.
“We still don’t fight for an entire possession and we aren’t grinding it,” Coach Webb said. “Offensively we are okay, and at times we are really good. We know how to push it and our tempo is good on offense.”
Against UL, senior Amber Schroer had an outstanding game and contributed with 7 offensive and 8 defensive rebounds to finish with a total of 15 boards. Schroer also added 12 points, 2 assists and one steal.
Stewart recorded another great game against UL to finish the tournament. Against the Fighting Knights, the talented CU player contributed with an amazing 21 points, 4 defensive rebounds, and one block.
The Aggies are now sitting on a 1-2 record. Coach Webb said the potential is there, but that there is plenty of hard work and adjustments to make in order to have a winning season.
“There is no doubt that we have the kids that can make big plays,” Coach Webb said. “But we need to change our mindset towards defending better. Our rebounding is pretty good; we just need to do a better job defensively. Hopefully we get tougher from this tournament; if we don’t get tougher then we won’t win that many games.”
The Black and Gold will now focus on getting back on the winning track as they take on the University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma on November 27. The Game is scheduled to tip off at 5:00pm in the Aggie Gym.