CU defeats NMHU by tenNovember 21, 2008
PUEBLO, Colorado (November 21) – Cameron’s women’s basketball team (2-1, 0-0 LSC North) won the first game of the Al Kaly Shrine Classic tournament today in Pueblo, Colorado. The event was hosted by Colorado State University-Pueblo and pitted the Aggies against the New Mexico Highlands University Cowgirls (0-2, 0-0 RMAC) in the opening game. CU defeated NMHU 77-67 in a very competitive game for the team’s second win of the season.
“Our kids continued to battle like they have all year and we are very happy with that,” Head Coach Tom Webb said. “The big thing was that they knocked their lay-ups down and got some stops, and that’s what got us over the hump.”
Both teams battled back and forth throughout the contest, with the Aggies taking a four-point lead heading into halftime. The Cowgirls regained the lead early in the second half, but Cameron took control for the final time with 11:19 left in the period. Cameron won the game by ten points, which was their largest lead of the contest.
As a team the Aggie women shot an impressive 38.3% from the field, while the Cowgirls shot a slightly better 38.5%. Both teams finished with 45 rebounds, and the Aggies committed one less turnover than their opponents, 22-21. Cameron was able to rely on their impressive free throw shooting after being fouled 29 times for 41 attempts. CU only recorded 18 personal fouls in the game.
“We must attack the rim and get fouled with the style of basketball we play,” Coach Webb said. “We have to make a lot of free throws and tonight we did that. It was a good thing for us and we finished well.”
Senior guard Kristi Taylor once again led the team offensively with 14 points on 4-10 shooting. She also led the game with 8 assists and 4 steals, to go along with her 4 rebounds. Taylor played in 36 minutes in the game.
Redshirt-freshman Gabby Walk narrowly missed out on recording her first double-double of the season after recording 9 points on 3-9 shooting and a game-high 9 rebounds. Her assist and steal in 24 minutes of play also contributed to the win.
Cameron’s other player to just miss out on a double-double was junior Amber Schroer. The 6’1” post from Strong City, Kansas, was perfect shooting the ball tonight as she went 4-4 from the field and 2-2 from the foul line for 10 points. She also recorded 8 rebounds and 3 steals in 24 minutes.
Another of CU’s post players, junior Megan Atkins, chipped in a solid 11 points and 3 rebounds in 28 minutes on the floor. Atkins also recorded a game-high 2 blocks in the contest.
The Aggie women take on the host ThunderWolves of CSU-Pueblo tomorrow evening at 6:00pm in their final game of the tournament. The ThunderWolves won the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Championship last year and are returning four starters from that squad.
“CSU-Pueblo is really good especially after winning their conference last year,” Coach Webb said. “Tomorrow it’s going to be a ‘score-fest;’ we both like to run up and down the floor so it should be exciting.”
Cameron returns home briefly later this weekend before heading back on the road to battle Newman University next Tuesday (November 25) at 6:00pm in Wichita, Kansas.
CU’s first home game is against Newman in the second game of this year’s home-and-home series. CU and NU face off on Monday, December 8, at 6:00pm in Aggie Gym. That evening will feature a performance by J.J. Jumper, the official mascot of the NCAA.