ECU fights back to beat CUJanuary 17, 2009
ADA, Oklahoma (January 17) – Although they held an eight-point lead at the half, the Cameron Aggie women’s basketball team (5-10, 0-2 LSC North) was unable to defeat the East Central Tigers (7-9, 1-1 LSC North) today in Ada. A strong second half gave ECU the 64-60 victory and left CU still looking for their first Lone Star Conference North Division win of the season. The Tigers held the lead for just under seven minutes in the game.
“In the second half we didn’t execute and they (ECU) wanted it more than us,” Head Coach Tom Webb said. “In the end, the loss goes back to me because I didn’t do my job as the head coach. We need to better realize the importance of every possession even when you are up by ten to twelve points. That’s the head coach’s responsibility.”
Cameron took the lead soon after the opening tip thanks to a three-pointer by junior guard Tera Tremayne. The Aggies maintained the lead for most of the game but allowed a big run by the Tigers late in the second half to fall behind. CU came within two points of the lead with just over two minutes left, but could not regain control.
CU and ECU played very evenly in the ballgame as both teams recorded 22 field goals with shooting percentages of just over 36%. Both teams also had three players score in double-digits and only one player record more than 9 rebounds. The Tigers won the rebounding battle 43-42 but the Aggies finished with more steals and more assists.
“There weren’t too many positives from this game other than we played well at times,” Coach Webb said. “Our kids are thoroughly disappointed with the loss. In order to get to Bartlesville (Oklahoma, the site of the LSC Championship tournament) you must win these kinds of games.”
Junior post Amber Schroer had an all-around great game as she nearly recorded a double-double. Her 11 rebounds were a team high, and her 9 points on 2-7 shooting were solid. Schroer also recorded an assist and a steal in 28 minutes on the floor.
Freshman guard Bobbi Coleman led the Aggies offensively with a team-high 11 points on 5-9 shooting. She also recorded 3 rebounds and a steal in 18 minutes.
Guards Kristi Taylor (senior) and Gabby Walk (redshirt freshman) both finished with a strong 10 points in this afternoon’s game. Taylor went 4-16 from the field, led the game with 8 assists, and recorded 5 rebounds in 35 minutes. Walk meanwhile went 4-9 from the field and finished with 2 assists and a steal in 18 minutes.
The aforementioned Tera Tremayne also put in a nice performance with 8 points on 3-8 shooting with 8 rebounds. Her pair of assists in 39 minutes also contributed.
Junior post Megan Atkins turned in an impressive 5 steals, which was a game-high. She also recorded 4 points on 2-7 shooting, 5 rebounds, an assist, and a block in 32 minutes.
Cameron stays on the road next week to take on the Southwestern Oklahoma State Bulldogs in Weatherford, Oklahoma. CU and SWOSU battle next Wednesday (January 21) at 6:00pm.
“We need to regroup and get back on the winning track,” Coach Webb said. “We have got a tough game next week so we’ve got to start getting ready.”
CU’s next home game is in one week on Saturday, January 24, at 2:00pm in the Aggie Gym. That afternoon the Aggie women host a very talented Texas A&M-Commerce Lion squad and will be looking for the first sellout of the 2008-2009 season.
Scheduled festivities for that afternoon include a “CU @ the Game” Mardi Gras theme put on by the Student Activities Department, giveaways and promotions coinciding with the NCAA’s annual Take A Kid to the Game day, and the first ever “Cameron BlackOut” giveaway where the first 1,000 fans will receive a free black t-shirt in an attempt to “black out” the Aggie Gym.