Aggies shoot down Jets... AgainDecember 8, 2008
LAWTON, Oklahoma (December 8) – For the second time this season the Cameron Aggie women’s basketball team (4-3, 0-0 LSC North) stuck it to the Jets of Newman University (2-6, 0-0 Heartland) with a resounding win. Tonight CU grounded NU, 56-42, and looked impressive throughout. This evening’s game was CU’s home opener and almost finished with the same score as the previous CU-NU match-up: a 56-47 Aggie victory last month.
“Taking into consideration our long road trip, I thought we played very hard tonight,” Head Coach Tom Webb said. “I am pleased with how we played on such short rest. Our kids prepared well and came out and played hard.”
The Jets began the game with the lead, but did not hold onto it for very long. The Aggies took control at the 16:44 mark in the first half and never looked back. CU’s margin of victory was their largest lead of the night.
“We had a little bit of a lull in the second half when the fatigue started getting to us, but we toughed it out,” Coach Webb said. “It was interesting to have a home game finally; it felt different to have each player arrive at the gym separately for a change. We are happy to be here and are looking forward to our upcoming homestretch.”
Two Aggies finished with double-digit scoring numbers while three other Aggies were within 3 points or less of reaching the 10-point plateau. Cameron outplayed their opponents in nearly every category, and posted a solid 37.7% shooting percentage. CU also out-rebounded NU, 36-26, committed 1 fewer turnover, 21-20, and recorded more blocks, 4-1, and more steals, 10-9.
Megan Atkins, a junior post player from Colleyville, Texas, was Cameron’s top player tonight as she recorded a game-high in both points and rebounds for her first double-double of the season. Atkins finished with 12 points on 5-13 shooting, including 2-5 from three-point range, to go along with 12 rebounds, 2 assists, a steal, and a game-high 3 blocks in a game-high 34 minutes of play.
“Megan Atkins had a breakout game tonight,” Coach Webb said. “It was good to see her play well. She got on the glass well and she shot the ball well. I am very pleased with Megan’s performance.”
Sophomore guard Haley Dunn was CU’s other play to score in double digits tonight as she recorded 10 points on 3-6 shooting. Dunn was a perfect 3-3 from behind the three-point arc. She also finished with 4 rebounds, an assist, and a steal in 17 minutes of play.
Cameron began the 2008-2009 season with six consecutive road games before tonight’s home opener. The Aggies now stay home for the final two games of the fall semester. CU’s next action is in one week on Monday, December 15, against the Angelo State Rambelles. The CU-ASU battle will tip off at 6:00pm in the Aggie Gym.
Throughout tonight’s contest the NCAA’s official basketball mascot, J.J. Jumper, performed for the crowd. J.J. danced, performed skits, and cheered CU to victory tonight in front of a great crowd. Only a few select NCAA member schools have the privilege of hosting J.J. each season.