CU battles back, still loses to ACUJanuary 5, 2008ABILENE, Texas (January 5) – Once again the Aggie women’s basketball team (2-11) had a solid performance across the board, with the exception of their shooting percentage. Tonight in Abilene, Texas, the Aggies lost to a tough Abilene Christian Wildcat (5-6) squad by the score 73-58. The defeat was Cameron’s second in their current two-game road trip.
“We had fewer turnovers and we had a lot of steals, but we just couldn’t shoot the ball,” Head Coach Kevin Hackerott said. “Offensively we have no confidence. The weird thing is, is that we shot well from three-point range. Right now we need to keep trying to get better. We didn’t play with much energy but hopefully they will learn their lesson eventually.”
The Aggies recorded a very impressive 16 steals in the game and only turned the ball over 16 times compared to ACU’s 22 turnovers. Cameron was out-rebounded 47 to 33 but only committed 18 personal fouls, four less than the Wildcats. As mentioned previously, CU’s downfall in the game was their 26.6% (17-64) shooting percentage, including 42.1% (8-19) from three-point range.Cameron started the game with a brief lead but quickly gave it up to Abilene Christian. ACU took the lead four minutes into the game and held it for the remainder of the contest. At halftime CU was down 33-21, but a strong second half kept the game interesting. The Wildcats had a lead of 20 points at one time, but the Aggies fought back to bring it within 7 points.
“The good news is that the girls responded in the second half,” Coach Hackerott said. “We just need to figure out how to play for a full forty minutes. In the first half we dug such a hole that we didn’t have the energy to get out of it. ACU was able to take advantage of our lack of depth down low, but the loss is all on us. We keep playing competitive for one half and not the other.”Senior guard Tiffany Williams led the Aggies offensively with a team-high 24 points on 8-19 shooting. She barely missed out on her second-straight double-double with 9 rebounds, also a team-high. Williams’ 2 assists and 3 steals in 36 minutes also contributed.
Junior guard Jasmine Parr was the only other Aggie to score more than 7 points with her 17 points on 5-9 shooting, including 3-4 from three-point range. Parr also recorded 2 rebounds, an assist, and a steal in a team-high 37 minutes on the floor.Keindra Scott, a junior forward, finished the game with the third-highest point total for Cameron with 7 points on 1-19 shooting. She also recorded 6 rebounds and 2 steals in 32 minutes.
“We just need to figure out how to play a whole game,” Coach Hackerott said. “The reality is that we need to get tougher. Now we will see if we can come home and get a win and get it going again.”
The Cameron Aggie women’s basketball team will return home this evening from their aforementioned two-game road trip. They stay home this week to host West Texas A&M University at 6:00pm on Thursday, and Eastern New Mexico University at 2:00pm on Saturday. Both games will take place at Aggie Gym.