Tigers squeeze by AggiesFebruary 28, 2009
LAWTON, Oklahoma (February 28) – A mere 2.7 seconds was all the time the East Central Tigers (9-19, 3-11 LSC North) needed to upset the Cameron Aggie women’s basketball team (6-21, 1-13 LSC North) today at home. The Aggies were in control for much of today’s game, but a late run and a basket with less than 3 seconds remaining by the Tigers ended CU’s season with the loss. This afternoon’s defeat ends the 2008-2009 season for Cameron.
“We started out a little slow but we finished off the first half well,” Head Coach Tom Webb said. “It was a dogfight the whole night. It’s tough when you lose after being up for most of the game, but we fought the entire game.”
The Aggies recorded the first lead of the game just 58 seconds in, but the Tigers took control and led for the next 18 minutes. CU was up 26-25 at halftime and led for nearly the entire second half. The game featured 3 lead changes and 9 ties, most of which occurred at the very end.
A strong run by East Central put the Tigers on top with less than 30 seconds left in the game, but a clutch three-pointer by junior guard Tera Tremayne gave the Aggies the lead with 12 seconds to go. It looked as if CU would reclaim the lead for good and hold on for the victory, but ECU went down and laid it in with 2.7 seconds left.
Cameron worked the ball back up the court and after a few key timeouts, in-bounded the ball to senior guard Kristi Taylor with exactly 2.0 seconds left in the game. CU’s only senior had a good look at the basket, but her desperation attempt came up just short, sealing the one-point loss.
“We would have loved Kristi to hit the big shot at the end on Senior Night, but it was a tough shot,” Coach Webb said. “She has done a good job and has carried a big load all year. This was a good year for her.”
Taylor finished the game with 21 points on 7-20 shooting for a higher point total than any other player. She also recorded a game-high 6 assists and a game-high 4 steals. Taylor played in a team-high 36 minutes in the game, which was her final in the Black and Gold of CU.
“Our kids fought hard all year,” Coach Webb said. “Your first year with a program is always a big adjustment and a big change. We are changing the culture at Cameron. We are going to work hard and get ready for next year. We are excited for next year and are already out recruiting.”
Cameron’s women’s basketball team now enters the offseason training portion of their schedule in preparation of the 2009-2010 season. The Aggies and first-year head coach Tom Webb finish the year in 8th place in the Lone Star Conference North Division.