CU women rally but fall short at UIWDecember 14, 2007
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (December 14) – A late surge bythe Aggie women’s basketball team (1-8) was not enough to defeat the Cardinalsof the University of the Incarnate Word (3-4) today in San Antonio. The gamewent back and forth and featured multiple lead changes, but UIW came out on top48-43. Neither team held more than a three-point lead until late in the secondhalf when the Aggies were forced to foul. A few late three-pointers lookedpromising for the Aggies, but the team did not have enough to defeat the toughCardinal squad. The loss is Cameron’s seventh in a row.
“It was a game where both teams struggled offensively,” Head Coach KevinHackerott said. “It quickly became a defensive rebounding battle. There was abig swing late in the game where we had an easy look and missed, and they camedown and scored. So instead of a tie game they went up by four and it was a hugeswing we couldn’t get back from. It was a game that was hard to adjust to.”
The game was incredibly competitive but verylow-scoring, and featured a number of turnovers. The game was tied at just 9-9 halfwaythrough the first half and featured nearly 40 total turnovers. Cameron’s 22turnovers seemed to be their downfall tonight.
“We didn’t do a very good job of adjusting,” CoachHackerott said. “A lot of our turnovers were offensive fouls. We aren’t used tothat and we let it effect us a bit. We had our chances and we let it go. Thiswas a game we should have won.”
Senior guard Tiffany Williams led the Aggies on bothside of the ball tonight, securing a double-double with 10 rebounds and ateam-high 11 points on 5-15 shooting. Williams also had a steal in her 36minutes of play.
Leading the Aggies under the boards was sophomoreforward Megan Atkins. She finished the game with a team-high 14 rebounds.Atkins narrowly missed out on recording a double-double of her own with 9points on 3-7 shooting. She also finished with an outstanding 5 blocks, ateam-high, in 35 minutes on the floor.
Just six Aggies scored points in the game, and onlytwo Cameron players recorded more than 3 rebounds. CU shot a team shootingpercentage of 34.0% in the game, compared to UIW’s 26.9%.
“As a difficult of a year as this has been, thegirls are still fighting,” Coach Hackerott said. “We need to figure out how totake the game. I’ve said before that there is enough talent on this team that evenwith poor shooting we should be able to win games. We just need to make the fewextra plays needed to get it done, and we obviously aren’t doing it.”
The Aggies now enjoy a few days of rest before theytravel to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to compete in the Cruizin’ Classic women’sbasketball tournament. The team takes on WashburnUniversity at 6:00pm on Tuesday,December 18, and Central Missouri at 4:00pm onThursday, December 20.The team’s next homegame doesn’t come until Thursday, January 10, when Cameron hosts West Texas A&M Universityat 6:00pm in Aggie Gym.