No. 2 Lady Buffs get fast start in convincing win against Cameron

The No. 2 West Texas A&M women used a fast start at First United Bank Center on Saturday afternoon to stay undefeated on the season.

 

WT took a 10-point lead in the first quarter and was in control the entire way, rolling to a 70-49 win over Cameron in a Lone Star Conference game. The Lady Buffs improved to 14-0 overall and 6-0 atop the LSC.

After jumping out to a 14-4 lead, WT never let Cameron (5-9, 3-3) get any closer than seven points the rest of the way. Defense was a big key for the Lady Buffs, as they allowed Cameron to shoot only 23.5 percent from the floor.

The Aggies wouldn’t have even been as competitive as they were had they not made 11 3-pointers.

“We gave up 49 points tonight which is good,” WT coach Kristen Mattio said. “(The Aggies) did make 11 threes which felt like a lot, but they only made five other baskets outside of that. It was a scrappy game and it always gets this way.”

Offensively it was a respectable if not overwhelming effort by the Lady Buffs. While Cameron lived and died by the three, WT made only two from beyond the arc and the Lady Buffs hurt themselves with 20 turnovers.

The Aggies presented a pressing defense that occasionally presented problems for WT.

“Every game is going to be a different defensive strategy,” Mattio said. “We got trapped, we turned the ball over. They were just all areas we can learn and grow from even though we got the win. We did a good job of just being patient and getting the ball into the paint.”

Lexy Hightower had a game-high 18 points for the Lady Buffs. She didn’t hit a 3-pointer but helped herself by going 8-of-10 from the free throw line.

“I can’t really complain, I think everyone played really well,” Hightower said. “I think the pressure, (the Aggies) kind of amped it up and we got a little scattered on that.”

All but one of the 11 players who got in the game scored for the Lady Buffs.

Deleyah Harris had a double-double for WT with 14 points and 10 rebounds. She excelled in WT’s halfcourt game.

“I was a little bit more prepared for a zone,” Harris said. “Some of my teammates came over and watched film and I just got a good visual of where I needed to be attacking the basket. My game plan was to attack first before passing.”

Jamie Bonnarens led Cameron with 16 points, although she was only 6-of-20 from the field.

West Texas A&M 70, Cameron 49

Cameron (5-9, 3-3): Petra Sellin 0-0 0-0 0, Jamie Bonnarens 6-20 0-2 16, Parfitt McNair 3-10 1-2 9, Lejha Smith 1-4 0-2 2, Ava Battese 2-14 0-0 6, Amaka Nwakamma 2-7 2-4 8, Brianna Turner 0-0 0-0 0, Briana Underwood 1-3 2-2 4, Andrea Martinez 1-7 1-3 4, Sydney Ellis 0-2 0-0 0, Jazmine Luster 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 16-68 6-15 49.

West Texas A&M (14-0, 6-0): Deleyah Harris 4-9 5-6 14, Megan Gamble 0-2 1-2 1, Lexy Hightower 5-11 8-10 18, Tiana Parker 2-6 1-4 5, Madison Parker 2-4 0-0 4, Sydney Walton 1-6 2-4 4, Zada Swoopes 2-4 3-4 8, Reagan Haynes 0-1 2-2 2, CeCe Wooten 3-6 0-2 6, Abby Spurgin 0-0 0-0 0, Tyesha Taylor 3-4 2-4 8. Totals: 22-53 24-38 70.

Cameron 10 10 12 17 — 49

West Texas A&M 20 19 16 15 — 70

3-point goals: Cameron 11-35 (Bonnarens 4-6, McNair 2-5, Battese 2-11, Nwakamma 2-5, Underwood 0-1, Martinez 1-7), West Texas 2-12 (Harris 1-3, Gamble 0-1, Hightower 0-2, M. Parker 0-1, Walton 0-2, Swoopes 1-2, Haynes 0-1). Rebounds: Cameron 42 (Nwakamma 8), West Texas 53 (Harris 10). Assists: Cameron 13, West Texas 17. Total fouls: Cameron 27, West Texas 16. Fouled out: Smith. Technicals: None. Attendance: 938.

LSC standings

Team LSC Overall

West Texas A&M 6-0 14-0

Texas A&M-Commerce 5-1 8-5

Midwestern State 4-2 7-5

Angelo State 3-3 8-4

Tarleton State 3-3 9-5

Eastern New Mexico 3-3 7-6

Texas Woman’s 3-3 6-6

Cameron 3-3 5-9

UT Permian Basin 3-3 5-9

Texas A&M-Kingsville 0-6 3-11

Western New Mexico 0-6 0-14

Saturday’s games

West Texas A&M 70, Cameron 49

UT Permian Basin 59, Midwestern State 57

Texas A&M-Commerce 78, Angelo State 74

Tarleton State 60, Texas A&M-Kingsville 43

Texas Woman’s 70, Western New Mexico 55

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