Aggie women stun #17 GriffonsNovember 17, 2007EMPORIA, Kansas (November 17) – After losing to #3 Emporia State yesterday afternoon, the Cameron women’s basketball team (1-1) rebounded to stun #17 Missouri Western State (1-1) tonight at the Emporia State Classic tournament in Emporia, Kansas. Cameron lost to ESU (1-0) 81-63 on Friday, and defeated MWSU 53-43 tonight. The ESU tournament marked the beginning of the 2007-2008 regular season for Cameron.
“I absolutely feel that this tournament was a success for us,” Head Coach Kevin Hackerott said. “We played two ranked teams and took the #3 team deep into the game. Then coming back to play the #17 and win was just great. This was big for our program and was a big step forward for us. Anytime you can play great competition and get a win it’s only going to help down the road.”
Cameron had a chance to defeat Emporia State in their first game, but a late rally by ESU put the Aggies away. The game was much closer than the final score indicated. The teams were tied going into the locker room at halftime, and CU came out in the second half with a quick five-point lead. The teams battled back and forth before ESU took control with less than five minutes to go.In the second match-up, the Aggies came out strong and built an early five-point lead on the Griffons. MWSU took the lead going into halftime, but Cameron scored eight of the first thirteen points in the second half. When the Aggie women took the lead with 16:40 left in the second half, they never once relinquished control.
“After spending a lot of energy the first night I was concerned if we could play well against MWSU,” Coach Hackerott said. “We didn’t play as well as we could have, but the difference was that we found a way to win when we weren’t playing our best. I’m really proud of the effort; this was a big win and hopefully we can build on it.”Sophomore forward Megan Atkins led the Aggies in rebounding throughout the tournament with 21 total. She also recorded 15 points on 7-13 shooting (.538), an assist, a steal, and a team-high 4 blocks.
Three different Aggies led the team offensively in the tournament, as Tiffany Williams (24), Keindra Scott (20), and Jasmine Parr (26) all finished with more than 20 points.Williams, a senior guard, finished with a .320 shooting percentage after going 8-25 from the floor. She also finished with 11 total rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals.
Scott, a junior forward, went 8-26 (.308) from the field with 7 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 2 steals.
Parr’s 26 points on 9-24 (.375) shooting led the team this weekend. She also finished with 12 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals. Additionally Parr went 3-5 (.600) from three-point range.
The Aggies comes home this week to host the Cameron University/Powerade Thanksgiving Classic at the Aggie Gym. Some of the best teams in the nation in Central Oklahoma, Henderson State, and Emporia State will all come to Lawton for the event. The action starts with a game between UCO and HSU at 6:00pm on Friday before CU hosts ESU at 8:00pm.
Saturday will see Emporia State and Central Oklahoma match up at 2:00pm before Henderson State and Cameron tip off at 4:00pm.