MSU Drops Hoops Doubleheader to Cameron

Aggies Get First Win in Wichita Falls Since 2002

WICHITA FALLS, TX - Cameron shot 65 percent from the floor in the second half and held off a furious rally by No. 6 Midwestern State to drop the Mustangs 80-75 in Lone Star Conference play Saturday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

With the win, the Aggies take over the LSC lead improving to 13-7 overall while moving to 6-2 in league play. The victory is Cameron's first at Ligon Coliseum since claiming a 79-69 win on Dec. 5, 2002 as CU won for just the fifth time in 34 tries under the dome.

Midwestern lost for the second straight time to fall to 16-3 and 5-2.

The Aggies lit up the MSU defense to the tune of a 54.7 percent shooting night behind a 23-point, 7-rebound effort by senior Deondre Ray.

Cameron bolted out to double-digit lead when Jamaal Brantley culminated an 11-2 run with a jumper to give the Aggies a 27-16 lead with 9:29 to play in the first half.

CU would lead by as many as 12 points before Jordan Stevens and Sheldon Hagigal connected for back-to-back 3-pointers to pull MSU back to within 39-36 with 22 seconds to play in the opening half.

Ray connected on a pair of free throws to end the half, but Midwestern kept momentum to start the second half.

MSU senior forward Khapri Alston connected on a layup to start the half before fellow senior Bretson McNeal connected on one of his five triples on the night to pull the game even at 41-41.

The Aggies answered with consecutive jumpers by Stacey Lambert and Cameron Lee to push the lead back to four before Hershell Grant hit a 3-pointer and a driving layup to give the Mustangs their first -- and only -- lead of the second half at 46-45 with 16:21 to go.

Once again, it was Ray who fueled a 7-1 run for the Aggies with a 3-pointer and a driving layup put Cameron in control.

CU flexed the lead back out to 12 before the Mustangs closed with a 9-0 run in the closing minutes and were within a possession at 78-75 when Alston hit a layup with 12 seconds to play.

Cameron, which had missed the front end of consecutive one-and-ones, put the game out of reach when Delvonte Pierre banked in a free throw off of the glass and had the second shot skim the front of the rim and fall in with 10 seconds to play.

McNeal paced the Mustangs with 17 points, while Stevens chipped in 14 points and four assists and Alston notched his eighth double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Grant (13 points, 8 rebounds) and Hagigal (10 points, 3 3-pointers) also delivered solid performances off of the bench.

Midwestern State hits the road to take on Tarleton State Wednesday night at Wisdom Gym in Stephenville. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Both teams have lost their last two LSC games as Tarleton fell to Texas A&M-Commerce, 67-65, Saturday night in Stephenville.

Aggies Rout Mustang Women 87-59

Cameron outscored Midwestern State 56-26 in the paint while shooting 50 percent from the floor to record a dominant 87-59 victory over the Mustangs in a Red River Rivalry matchup Saturday evening at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

A 29-6 edge in the second quarter opened up a sizable advantage for Cameron (12-6, 6-3 LSC) as the Aggies shot 52.4 percent (11-of-21) and held Midwestern State (4-14, 3-5 LSC) to just 12.5 percent shooting (2-of-16) in the period for a 46-17 lead at the break.

The Aggies continued to run away from the Mustangs in the second half, stretching their lead to as many as 44 points in the early minutes of the fourth quarter.

With tonight's win, Cameron snapped an eight-game losing skid to Midwestern while recording its first win inside Ligon Coliseum since Dec. 6, 2005.

However, MSU continued to fight down the stretch, shooting 61.5 percent for a 25-point fourth quarter while limiting the Aggies to just 10 points in the final frame. Junior guard Jacquar Westbrooks netted six of her team-high 11 points in the final period, reaching double figures for the sixth time this season.

The Mustangs trailed 10-1 midway through the opening period until junior forward Jennifer Sissel knocked down MSU's first basket to spark a 10-5 run to pull within four.

A layup by junior guard Brittany Hill began an 18-0 run for the Aggies to open the second quarter with junior guard Dayla Threatt capping off the run less than four minutes into the period to help Cameron pull away from the Mustangs.

Midwestern was held to 29.9 percent shooting (20-of-67) for the afternoon, the lowest for the Mustangs since shooting 23.4 percent in the LSC opener against Texas Woman's on Jan. 2.

Sophomore guard Whitney Taylor joined Westbrooks in double figures with her seventh-straight double-digit scoring performance with 10 points while matching a team-best four assists. Westbrooks led the Mustangs with three steals while senior forward Katie Brown pulled down a team-high seven boards.

Threatt led the Aggies with 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting while junior guard Charron Montgomery added 16 points on 8-of-13 from the field.

Midwestern State returns to the dome Sunday afternoon with a 4 p.m. tipoff against Texas Woman's.