Midwestern State's inside combination of Andrea Carter and Shambreka Jones churned out season highs to lead the Mustangs to an 83-71 win over Cameron Sunday afternoon at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
The win clinched the No. 2 seed for the Mustangs, who will take on Eastern New Mexico Wednesday afternoon in the Lone Star Conference Postseason Tournament quarterfinals at the Allen Event Center. Tipoff is set for noon.
The Mustangs, who improved to 21-5 on the season while moving to 12-4 in league play, scored the first 11 points of the game and led by as many as 25 points early in the second half before holding off a late rally by Cameron which fell to 15-10 and 12-4.
Carter scored 14 of her season-high 20 points in the second half as she connected on 7-of-13 shots from the field while going 6-of-6 from the charity stripe. She also grabbed seven rebounds and dished out three assists to complete an all-around effort.
Meanwhile, Jones turned in the finest effort of her career hitting 7-of-15 shots while pulling down 18 rebounds and blocking four shots in 30 minutes to cap off a brilliant breakout in the regular season finale.
Senior guard Lisa Hampton buried three of her four 3-pointers in the second half to finish with 16 points, while senior guard Shatoia Gober scored five points and grabbed four rebounds to go along with nine assists, a blocked shot and two steals.
The Mustangs scored the first 11 points of the game led by Jones, who hit a pair of field goals in the opening minutes while swatting two shots allowing the Mustangs to gain momentum.
Senior guard Dianna Jones ignited the run with a long pass to Gober in transition then hit a layup of her own on a back cut as the start of a solid all-around night. She finished with nine points, five rebounds and six assists.
Cameron broke the opening salvo with a transition layup by senior guard Jazzmine Robinson, but the lead continue to grow as the Mustangs stretched the lead to 53-28 on a Whitney Taylor 3-pointer with 15:14 to play.
Robinson, who finished with a game-high 27 points, led Cameron's second-half charge as the Aggies were able to pull to within 10 points with just under three minutes to play.
The Mustangs limited the nation's fifth-best 3-point shooting team (39.0 percent) to 1-of-11 shooting from the arc for the game. The Aggies came in averaging eight made triples per contest.